Install nvm with Homebrew to use multiple versions of node and iojs easily

Less than a month ago, iojs was released (multiple releases followed) and 6 days ago, the v0.12.0 of node was released.

I still had the same v0.10.x (can’t remember the patch 🙂 ) of node on my computer I installed a few months ago … As a nodejs developer, I decided it was time to get rid of my old version and switch to nvm so that I could test my projects (websites and node modules) on different engines and versions – moreover not to be stuck in the case some module should only work on one or an other …

This post is more a reminder for future me when I’ll make the install again, though it could help some people.

First, you’ll need Homebrew. If you’re a MacPorts user (or a Linux user), I assume it’s nearly the same, you may even have your own way which is faster and better, no need to troll 😉 – for Windows users, you have some alternatives.

Start by :

brew update
brew install nvm
mkdir ~/.nvm
nano ~/.bash_profile

In your .bash_profile file (you may be using an other file, according to your shell), add the following :

export NVM_DIR=~/.nvm
source $(brew --prefix nvm)/

Back to your shell, activate nvm and check it (if you have other shells opened and you want to keep them, do the same) :

source ~/.bash_profile
echo $NVM_DIR

Now, you can install node :

nvm install 0.12

From now on, you’re using the v0.12.x of node on this shell, you can install your global dependencies such as grunt-cli (they will be tied up to this version of node).

You may want to install other versions, just do :

nvm install 0.10
nvm install iojs

You’ll have to npm install -g your global dependencies for each version.

Switch of node version with nvm use 0.10 (more infos here).

To have a node activated by default (not to have to nvm use on each new shell), run this (stable being the id of the version):

nvm alias default stable

Now, you can run multiple versions of node on your computer.

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