Download a specific version of Node.js

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Download a specific version of Node.js.

The Node.js release is downloaded, uncompressed and untared to an executable file ready to run.


  • the download is cached
  • the best compression algorithm available on your machine is used
  • everything is streamed


  • the binary is checked against official checksums
  • can be safely run concurrently
  • atomic writes

Features include:


import getNode from 'get-node'

// Download a specific Node.js release
const { path, version } = await getNode('8')
console.log(path) // /home/user/.cache/nve/8.17.0/node
console.log(version) // 8.17.0

// Download Node.js latest release
const { path, version } = await getNode('latest')
console.log(path) // /home/user/.cache/nve/16.3.0/node
console.log(version) // 16.3.0

// Any version range can be used
await getNode('8.12.0')
await getNode('<7')

// Download latest LTS Node.js version
await getNode('lts')

// Download Node.js version from `~/.nvmrc` or the current process version
await getNode('global')

// Download current directory's Node.js version using its `.nvmrc` or `package.json` (`engines.node` field)
await getNode('local')

// Specify the output directory
const { path } = await getNode('8', {
  output: '/home/user/.cache/node_releases/',
console.log(path) // /home/user/.cache/node_releases/13.0.1/node

// Use a mirror website
await getNode('8', { mirror: '' })

// Specify the CPU architecture
await getNode('8', { arch: 'x32' })


npm install get-node

node >=12.20.0 must be globally installed. However any Node version can be downloaded.

This package is an ES module and must be loaded using an import or import() statement, not require().

To use this module as a CLI instead, please check get-node-cli.


getNode(versionRange, options?)

versionRange: string
options: object?
Return value: Promise<object>

versionRange can be any version range such as 12, 12.6.0 or <12, or one of the following aliases:



Type: string
Default: global cache directory such as /home/user/.cache/nve/.

Output directory for the node executable.

It the directory already has a node executable, no download is performed. This enables caching.


Type: boolean Default: false

Whether to show a progress bar.


Type: string

Base URL to retrieve Node.js binaries. Can be customized (for example

The following environment variables can also be used: NODE_MIRROR, NVM_NODEJS_ORG_MIRROR, N_NODE_MIRROR or NODIST_NODE_MIRROR.


Type: boolean
Default: undefined

The list of available Node.js versions is cached for one hour by default. If the fetch option is:

  • true: the cache will not be used
  • false: the cache will be used even if it's older than one hour


Type: string
Default: process.arch

Node.js binary's CPU architecture. This is useful for example when you're on x64 but would like to run Node.js x32.

All the values from process.arch are allowed except mips and mipsel.


Type: string
Default: .

When using the local alias, start looking for a Node.js version file from this directory.

Return value

The returned Promise resolves to an object with the following properties.


Type: string

Absolute path to the node executable.


Type: string

Normalized Node.js version.

See also


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