Download a specific version of Node.js (CLI)

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Download a specific version of Node.js (CLI).

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:


# Download Node.js latest release
$ get-node

$ /home/user/.cache/nve/16.3.0/x64/bin/node
Welcome to Node.js v16.3.0.
Type ".help" for more information.
> .exit

# Download a specific Node.js release
$ get-node 8

$ /home/user/.cache/nve/8.17.0/x64/bin/node
> process.version
> .exit

# Any version range can be used
$ get-node 8.12.0
$ get-node "<7"

# Download latest Node.js version
$ get-node latest

# Download latest LTS Node.js version
$ get-node lts

# Download Node.js version from `~/.nvmrc` or the current process version
$ get-node global

# Download current directory's Node.js version using its `.nvmrc` or `package.json` (`engines.node` field)
$ get-node local

# Specify the output directory
$ get-node --output=/home/user/.cache/node_releases/ 8

$ /home/user/.cache/node_releases/8.17.0/x64/bin/node --version

# Use a mirror website
$ get-node --mirror= 8

# Do not use the cached list of available Node.js versions
$ get-node --fetch

# Always use the cached list of available Node.js versions even if it's more
# than one hour old
$ get-node --no-fetch

# Specify the CPU architecture
$ get-node --arch=s390x 8


npm install -g get-node-cli

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

To use this programmatically (from Node.js) instead, please check get-node.


get-node [OPTIONS] [VERSION]

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



Alias: -o
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.


Alias: -p
Type: boolean
Default: true

Whether to show a progress bar.


Alias: -m
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.


Alias: -f
Type: boolean
Default: undefined

The list of available Node.js versions is cached for one hour by default. With:

  • --fetch: the cache will not be used
  • --no-fetch: the cache will be used even if it's older than one hour


Alias: -a
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.


Alias: -c
Type: string
Default: process.cwd()

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

See also


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