How to Install Nodejs on Kali Linux

Nodejs is awesome and it is requirement if you want to be a JavaScript Developer. By default most Linux systems are shipped with Nodejs but it is usually an old LTS (Long-Term Support)
So how do you install the latest version on your system. Let us see how

Install the Latest Nodejs
To install the default version you can simply do

sudo apt-get install nodejs

However as I said this will install a version 12.x which is not what we need. Hence to install the latest version, you would have to go to their official website and download the latest tar file and then follow along

Step 1:Download Latest version

You can use wget/curl or do a manual download

Step 2: Extraction

Extract using any archiving tool, you can also use tar via
tar xv

Step 3: Copy to local library

Make a folder to extract all the files to and then copy them there

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/nodejs  
sudo cp -r . /usr/local/lib/nodejs  
Step 4: Add to Path

In order to be able to run node from anywhere from your terminal, you need to add it to your path.
You can do so using two methods. These include linking and exporting it in your .bashrc file

└─$ sudo ln -s ../lib/nodejs/bin/node node

└─$ sudo ln -s ../lib/nodejs/bin/npx npx  

└─$ sudo ln -s ../lib/nodejs/bin/npm npm

If you do ls -ltr in the above directory you will that it has been linked to that programs

Now you can close the terminal and you will have node on your system.
To check if it was correctly installed and added to your path you can use

node --version

Alternatively you can go to your .bashrc file and export and add it to it as below

export PATH:/usr/local/lib/nodejs/bin:$PATH

I hope you have learnt how to install Nodejs to your kali linux distro
Happy coding

Thanks For Your Time
** Jesus Saves **

** By Jesse E.Agbe(JCharis) **

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