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Compiling and Installing Node v0.8.4 on CentOS 5.x

Compiling/Installing Node 0.8.4 (and Python 2.6, required by Node) on CentOS 5

Update system packages -- will migrate system forward to CentOS 5.8. (Optional?)

$ sudo yum update

Install the EPEL Repo:

$ sudo rpm -Uvh

Install the newly available python26 Package from EPEL Repo:

$ sudo yum install python26

Set python26 to be the default in your shell when you simply execute 'python' This is critical to being able to build node modules with native extensions

$ mkdir -p $HOME/bin
$ ln -s /usr/bin/python26 $HOME/bin/python
$ echo 'export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bashrc

Activate modified .bashrc for current terminal session

$ source ~/.bashrc

Verify Python 2.6 is ready to go. (Should print "Python 2.6.8")

$ python -V

Install Development Toolchain

$ sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

Switch to home directory:

$ cd ~

Download Node 0.8.4 source tarball:

$ wget


$ tar -xzf node-v0.8.4.tar.gz

Switch to node directory:

$ cd node-v0.8.4

Run configure script with newly installed python binary

$ ./configure

Compile Node

$ make -j5

Install Node

$ sudo make install

Verify installation (should print "v0.8.4")

$ node --version
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Thank you! Worked flawlessly on 6.3 as well.

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h2rd commented Mar 28, 2013

Thank you! Your config way are the best for me

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methakon commented Jun 5, 2013

worked finely with 5.9

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Worked great for 5.9, nice one

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Awesome! Thanks!

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raknjak commented Sep 27, 2013

Confirmed working on 5.9 for me, too. Thanks so much.

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Thank you so much!!!.

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rsbgm commented Nov 28, 2013

Awesomeness! Woohoo! Thanks!

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Thanks~ Good!

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soap commented Dec 26, 2013

Great it works fine on my CentOS 5.10 box. Thanks.

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kazu69 commented Jan 28, 2014


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flawless on centOS 5.10 final. Thanks.

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xocru commented Aug 21, 2014

Working on centOS 5.10 final. Thanks!
Just one comment, I have had to install bz2 library and recompile python to be able to compile node.

-- Install bz2 library (
sudo yum -y install bzip2 bzip2-devel bzip2-libs

-- Recompile python from sources
cd /path/to/python_package
sudo make install

-- Compile and install node again

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