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Steps to install nodejs on Raspberry Pi B+ (armv6)

Steps to install nodejs v6.2 on Raspberry Pi B+ (armv6)

cd ~
tar -xzf node-v6.2.1-linux-armv6l.tar.gz
node-v6.2.1-linux-armv6l/bin/node -v

The last command should print v6.2.1.

Now you can copy it to /usr/local

cd node-v6.2.1-linux-armv6l/
sudo cp -R * /usr/local/

For testing add /usr/local/bin to your path

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin
node -v
npm -v

This should print 6.2.1 and 3.9.3 for the versions of nodejs and npm. If you need a different version, just pick the one you like from the downloads.

Don't forget to add the PATH to your .bashrc to make it permanent.

To find the correct architecture, you can type uname -m


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TimTheToaster commented Aug 3, 2020

commands for current LTS (12.18.3):

tar -xzf node-v12.18.3-linux-armv6l.tar.gz
cd node-v12.18.3-linux-armv6l
sudo cp -R * /usr/local

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dkossman commented Aug 3, 2020

FYI I was unable to get node 12.x to run on my Pi model B2, but I’m running Jessie. Ended up running 11.x

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TimTheToaster commented Aug 3, 2020

@dkossman Yea, anyone commenting here should probably note their hardware. The commands I wrote above worked for me to install node 12.8.3 on a Raspberry Pi Zero W

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CaptainCodex commented Aug 30, 2020

Verified (12.8.3) working on Zero W arm6l.

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Natsurii commented Sep 4, 2020

Verified and still working v14.9.0 (armv6l binary) on Zero W

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MarkusBansky commented Sep 8, 2020

I have used wget for the latest node-js version to install it on my Raspberry Pi Zero W and it worked like a charm!

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astarrett commented Sep 21, 2020

I now have node-v12.15.0-linux-armv6l downloaded to my Raspberry Pi Zero W as per these instructions. Now I get the error: 'You need to run "nvm install v12.15.0" to install before using it.'
I am completely new at this and learning as I go. When I try to run nvm install it looks at the nodejs source and not the local source. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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dkossman commented Sep 27, 2020

FYI I was able to get 14.10.0 running on a Pi Zero W running Raspbian Buster. Sounds like the newer versions of nodejs won't run on older versions of Raspbian.

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sa1d commented Nov 22, 2020

Per @dkossman 's comment, you can use that repository with nvm to easily manage installed nodejs versions.
First you need to set repo variable with export NVM_NODEJS_ORG_MIRROR=
Then, you can run nvm ls-remote to see available versions and nvm install v15.2.1 to install nodejs version 15.2.1.

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jishan484 commented Jan 12, 2021

Real challenge is to install sqlite3.js in r pi zero w..can anyone help me with this...

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soupCodez commented May 19, 2021

Working on RasPi zero W (16.2.0)

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tom-curley commented Jul 12, 2021

16.4.2 working on Raspberry PI 4

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NoobTracker commented Aug 3, 2021

Is it possible to get the version 14+ running on arm6?

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PaulMerk commented Oct 6, 2021

working on Raspi B3:

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vandernorth commented Sep 17, 2022

For Pi Zero W with arm6l this v16.17.0 worked for me.

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