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How to install Node.js on Ubuntu 20.04?


Node.js is a software development platform based on the open source JavaScript V8 engine used by developers around the world to build scalable and fast web applications.

The main advantage of Node.js is that it allows developers to build server-side applications using JavaScript on the server side, rather than having to use other programming languages. In addition, Node.js is popular for its ability to handle large numbers of concurrent connections without crashing the application.

As you can see, this tool is very useful, so in this tutorial we will explain how to install Node.js on a Ubuntu 20.04 server.

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Having said that, let's now start this tutorial by explaining the first method or option to install Node.js on Ubuntu 20.04.

Method 1: Manual installation

Step 1: Update existing packages

Before installing Node.js on your Ubuntu 20.04 server, make sure that all existing packages are updated. To do this, log in to your server and run the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

info This command will update all existing packages on your server.

Step 2: Install Node.js

Here's how to install Node.js on your Ubuntu 20.04 server.

You can install Node.js from the Ubuntu repositories or from the official Node.js website. In this tutorial, we will install Node.js using the Ubuntu repositories.

Run the following command to add the Node.js repository:

sudo apt install curl
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_14.x | sudo -E bash -

After adding the Node.js repository, you can install Node.js and NPM (Node Package Manager) using the following command:

sudo apt install nodejs

To check that Node.js and NPM are installed correctly, run the following commands:

node -v
npm -v

These commands should print the version of Node.js and NPM installed on your server.

Step 3: Create a sample application using Node.js

Once Node.js is installed, you can create a sample application to see if it works properly. Create a JavaScript file named app.js:

 nano app.js

Copy the following code and save the file.

const http = require('http');

const hostname = '';
const port = 3000;

const server = http.createServer((req, res) => {
  res.statusCode = 200;
  res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
  res.end('Hello, World!\n');

server.listen(port, hostname, () => {
  console.log(`Server running at http://${hostname}:${port}/`);

Run the sample application with the following command

node app.js

The sample application should now be available in

Step 4: Install global Node.js packages (optional)

If you need to install global Node.js packages, you can do so by running the following command:

sudo npm install -g package_name

Replace package_name with the name of the package you want to install.

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Installing Node.js on Ubuntu 20.04 is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. With Node.js and its package manager NPM, you have a powerful tool for building scalable, fast applications.

It is important to note that there are other ways to install Node.js, such as using a release manager such as nvm. However, installing via SW Hosting's One Click Apps is a easy and recommended way to install Node.js on an Ubuntu 20.04 system, or any other system.

Finally, we hope this tutorial has been useful and will help you get started with your Node.js project in Ubuntu.