Can nodejs be installed via nave on your raspberry ?

Does node 0.10.x is working fine when installed this way ?

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I have not used it on the pi, but there's a node binary in the raspbian repository:

» apt-cache show nodejs
Package: nodejs
Version: 0.6.19~dfsg1-6
Architecture: armhf
Maintainer: Debian Javascript Maintainers <pkg-javascript-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org>

You should be able to install this very easily with apt-get install nodejs. The version is more than 6 months old, however.

If that isn't good enough, the node.js crew themselves appear to maintain more recent versions pre-compiled for the pi:


Currently, the "latest" version links to 0.10.3, for which there is no pi binary. However, there's one for 0.10.2, and there's also one for 0.11.0. Nodejs follows an odd/even version numbering meaning the odd minor numbers are the development branch and the even ones the stable branch. Most people will want the stable.

Those tarballs contain a directory tree:


You can unpack this into /usr/local/ on the pi. As root (or with sudo):

mv node-v0.10.2-linux-arm-pi.tar.gz /usr/local/src
tar -xzvf node-v0.10.2-linux-arm-pi.tar.gz
cd /usr/local/src/node-v0.10.2-linux-arm-pi
mv bin/* ../../bin/
mv lib/* ../../lib/

Check if you have a /usr/local/share/man/man1, and if not:

mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man/man1

Once that's there:

mv share/man/man1/* ../../share/man/man1/

Done. Check:

> file /usr/local/bin/node
node: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, ARM, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 3.1.10, not stripped

Should work, and it does; node on the command line acts as a javascript interpreter. If you've already used node on linux you are good to go. If not, you do not need to use a pi centric tutorial, the oodles that apply to linux generally should be fine. However, worth mentioning is this blog post about setting up a node server to run as a boot service, etc, specifically for the pi. Note that the author of that installs into a dedicated /opt/node directory and not /usr/local.


Node.js can be installed on the Pi.

I am not sure about your second question though, I will edit this answer as more info comes up.

This is how you do it:

  1. First we need to download the SSL dev libraries.

    sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
  2. Now we need to download the latest stable release of Node.js

    wget http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.6.15/node-v0.6.15.tar.gz
    tar -xf node-v0.6.15.tar.gz
    cd node-v0.6.15
    export CCFLAGS='-march=armv6'
    export CXXFLAGS='-march=armv6'
  3. We will use the nano text editor to edit a file.

    nano deps/v8/SConstruct
  4. Edit lines 82 and 83 to match the following:

     'all': {
       'CCFLAGS':      ['$DIALECTFLAGS', '$WARNINGFLAGS', '-march=armv6'],
       'CXXFLAGS':     ['-fno-rtti', '-fno-exceptions', '-march=armv6'],
  5. Then comment out lines 157 - 162

  6. Now comes the longest step.

     make install
  7. Lastly, do write this in the terminal:

    pacman -S nodejs

That should install node.js I have not tested it, but it should work. Here is my source.

  • Thanks for this solution, I'll try it. I hope the automated installed using nave will be available soon on raspberry though :)
    – Luc
    Apr 6, 2013 at 11:40
  • 1
    Latest node is 0.10.x
    – goldilocks
    Apr 6, 2013 at 18:34
  • Also: Looks like node maintains binaries for the pi in that nodejs.org/dist repository, so you don't have to compile it from source (unless you want to).
    – goldilocks
    Apr 9, 2013 at 9:25

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