As the saying goes, "Every journey begins with a single step." In the world of web development, that first step is often Node. This tutorial explains what Node is and how to install it on your system. Once installed, you’ll be ready to run Ghost locally and begin your journey of creating a custom Ghost theme.
Install Node on macOS
To install Node on macOS, open up a browser and navigate to the official Node website.
Click on the LTS version on the left and download the installer.
Run the installer, choosing the default options.
After the installer completes, confirm Node is installed by opening a terminal and running
node -v. The terminal will output the current version of Node that’s installed.
That’s all there is to it. You’re now ready to start using Node 🥳
nvmin the Linux section below.
Install Node on Windows
Go to Node’s official page. Click on the LTS version on the left and download the installer.
Follow the installer prompts. It’s recommended to check “Yes” on the Tools for Native Modules screen to ensure you don’t run into potential compatibility issues in the future. Checking this box runs an additional installation script.
After installation, confirm that Node is installed correctly by opening your terminal and running
node -v. The command will output Node’s version number to the console.
You’re now ready to start using Node 🥳
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Install Node on WSL
Windows users have another option for installing Node: Windows Subsystem for Linux or WSL. WSL allows you to run a Linux environment on your Windows machine. Because most web development happens in Linux environments, the benefits of using WSL are that you’ll have fewer problems, an easier time following tutorials, and more tools at your disposal. The downside is that it takes a few additional steps to configure and install.
Open a terminal as an administrator by right-clicking on the application and choosing “Run as administrator.”
In the terminal, run:
Windows will install WSL. After installation is complete, restart your machine. Open your terminal and select Ubuntu, the WSL distribution installed by default.
You’re now on Linux on Windows. Pretty cool! To install Node, follow the instructions in the next section.
Install Node on Linux
Open a terminal and run:
curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.39.3/install.sh | bash
Close your terminal and reopen it. Check that nvm is installed correctly by running
command -v nvm. This command should output
Finally, check which version of Node Ghost currently supports. Install it with the following command:
nvm install 18
Once installation is complete, close and reopen your terminal. Check that Node is installed correctly with
node -v. If it returns the current version installed, then you’re in business and ready to start using Node 🥳
nvmworks great when using Ghost locally, but it's not recommended for production. See our FAQ for more info.
It’s hard to overstate how omnipresent Node is in the current web development ecosystem. Name a website or app and somewhere along the line, they’re probably using Node. Installing it on your system is the first step in creating an amazing app or a super sick custom Ghost theme.
Your next step is to install Ghost locally, which should be a breeze now that Node is installed 😉
And we have lots more resources to help you build a custom theme: