Installing node.js on Windows

Node.js is JavaScript running on server side. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

Node.js provides installers for all platforms and here we will see the installation on Windows. I have latest Windows 8.1 installed on my machine so steps mentioned are meant for Windows 8.1 but the process should be same for the rest of Windows distributions.

Step 1

Go to

Step 2

Clicking on big “Install” button will download the required installer for your machine as their website has already detected the platform capabilities. If you want to download installer for other platforms click on “Downloads” button or go to

Step 3

Start the installation. Accept terms & conditions then choose the installation directory(I would leave it default)
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Final step

Verify installation.
Look for node.js command prompt.
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Run following command to know the node.js version

node --version

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That’s it. Thanks for reading.