Welcome to an insightful guide on how to install Node Version Manager (NVM) on your Mac. If you are a web developer or someone who works with Node.js, NVM is an indispensable tool that offers flexibility in managing multiple Node.js versions on your system. The steps below will guide you through the process of installing NVM in your MacOS environment.
Step 1: Install Homebrew
Firstly, we need to install Homebrew. Homebrew works as a package manager that simplifies the installation process of software on MacOS. If you already have Homebrew installed, you can skip this step. If not, install Homebrew by running this command in your terminal:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Step 2: Install NVM
Once you have Homebrew installed, the next step is to install NVM. Run the following command in your terminal:
brew install nvm
After running this command, nvm should be installed on your system.
Step 3: Configure NVM
After installing NVM, you need to configure some paths. You can do this by adding these two lines to your .bash_profile, .zshrc or .bashrc file:
export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm" [ -s "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh" # This loads nvm
You can use vim, nano or any text editor you prefer to edit your profile file. For example, if you use vim and your shell is bash, you can use the following command:
Step 4: Verify the Installation
Finally, to verify your NVM installation, you can open a new terminal and run:
If your installation was successful, this command should return the version of NVM that you installed.
And that’s it! You now have NVM installed on your Mac. You can now easily manage and switch between different Node.js versions. Happy coding!