macos - update - upgrade nodejs

Upgrade Node.js to the latest version on Mac OS (14)

Currently I am using Node.js v0.6.16 on mac os x 10.7.4. Now I want to upgrade it to the latest Node.js v0.8.1. But after downloading and installing the latest package file from, I found that system is still using v0.6.16 instead of v0.8.1 when I typed "node -v" in a terminal. Is there any step that I have missed? Or should I thoroughly uninstall the old version before installing the latest one?

BTW, I know that nvm can help to manage the nodejs package

Is there any way to upgrade the Node.js without using it?

I have googled this problem, but it seems to me that there is no very clear answer to this question for the latest Node.js. Many thanks.

Simply go to node JS Website and install the latest version.

Do install latest version instead of the recommended stable version. It will give you freedom to use latest ES6 Features on node.

Can be Found here Node JS.

also to update npm, you will have to use this command.

sudo npm i -g [email protected]

All your projects will work fine.

Other option for mac :: brew update && brew install node && npm -g npm

Because this seems to be at the top of Google when searching for how to upgrade nodejs on mac I will offer my tip for anyone coming along in the future despite its age.

Upgrading via NPM
You can use the method described by @Mathias above or choose the following simpler method via the terminal.

sudo npm cache clean -f
sudo npm install -g n
sudo n stable

After which you may opt to confirm the upgrade

node -v

Your nodejs should have upgraded to the latest version. If you wish to upgrade to a specific one say v0.8.19 then instead of

sudo n stable


sudo n 0.8.19

EDIT Avoid using sudo unless you need to. Refer to comment by Steve in the comments

Go to the website and download the latest pkg then install. it works for me

I used brew to upgrade my node. It has installed but it located in /usr/local/Cellar/node/5.5.0 and there is a default node in /usr/local/bin/node which bothers me. I don't want to make soft link because I don't really know how brew is organized. So I download the pkg file, installed and I got this info:

Node.js was installed at


npm was installed at


Make sure that /usr/local/bin is in your $PATH.

Now the upgrade is completed

Here's how I successfully upgraded from v0.8.18 to v0.10.20 without any other requirements like brew etc, (type these commands in terminal):

  1. sudo npm cache clean -f (force) clear you npm cache
  2. sudo npm install -g n install "n" (this might take a while)
  3. sudo n stable upgrade to lastest version

Note that sudo might prompt your password.

If the version number doesn't show up when typing node -v, you might have to reboot.

these instructions are found here as well:

I had the same problem. This is what worked for me because I downloaded and installed node.js globally from the node.js website.

What I did was Give NVM (Node Version Manager) a try. Please do the commands in the following order in your terminal

  1. curl -o- | bash

  2. command -v nvm

  3. nvm install node

  4. node -v (to confirm the update)

I think the simplest way to use the newest version of Node.js is to get the newest Node.js pkg file in the website if you want to use different version of Node.js you can use nvm or n to manage it.

I was able to update in ~20 seconds with just one line of code

sudo n latest

Other commands weren't working for me, but this one worked. Hope it helps somebody.

If you initially installed Node.js with Homebrew, run:

brew update
brew upgrade node
npm update -g npm

Or as a one-liner:

brew update && brew upgrade node && npm update -g npm

Note: If you have npm --version < 2.7.1, you should replace update (above) with install.

A convenient way to change versions is to use nvm:

brew install nvm

To install the latest version of Node.js with nvm:

nvm install node

If you installed via a package, then download the latest version from See Installing Node.js and updating npm.

On macOS the homebrew recommended way is to run

brew install node
npm install -g [email protected]

These 2 methods I tried are not working:

  1. Use npm

sudo npm cache clean -f

sudo npm install -g n

sudo n stable

  1. Manual install node from official website (

After trying, node -v still shows the old version of node.

Below method works for me:

Step 1: Install nvm (for more details:

Open terminal and type this command:

curl -o- | bash

Close terminal and reopen it.

Type this command to check if nvm is installed:

command -v nvm

Step 2: To download, compile, and install the latest release of node, type this:

nvm install node ("node" is an alias for the latest version)

To check if node gets the latest version (v10.11.0).

Installing the latest node also installs the latest npm.

Check if npm gets the latest version (6.4.1).

You can just go to and download the newest package. It will update appropriately for you. NPM will be updated as well.

You can run but you can't hide... At the end you will be using NVM anyways.

sadly, n doesn't worked for me. I use node version manager or nvm and it works like a charm. heres the link on how to install nvm:

  • nvm i 8.11.2 upgrade to latest LTS
  • nvm use 8.11.2 use it
  • node -v check your latest version