How can I install Node.js and MongoDB so they are the most current versions? The available versions from package manager are not up to date, and PPA from Chris Lea for Node.js doesn't get updated on a regular basis.
The packages in the Advanced Packaging Tool (AptGet) do not work always or are outdated at times on Ubuntu. I suggest building Node.js from source and installing the recommended .deb package for Ubuntu provided by MongoDB.
These are needed for building and running.
Build & Install Node.js
Node.js can easily be installed from its source package located on the front page of nodejs.org. It allows you to build the most compatible package for install.
Note: I recommend not installing the Linux Binaries for your system architecture (ie. x32, x64) as they are missing components you may require such as NPM.
You can right click on the INSTALL button to copy the source package link and do the following also in your terminal console.(Example shows how to install current version as of 12-06-2013)
Decompress and enter the directory.
Configure the make file for your machine then build and install as a root user.
Test to make sure it was installed.
You have also installed the Node Package Manager. Type the following to see items that were installed with version numbers:
Install Recommended MongoDB Package
MongoDB documentation suggest installing the .deb package provided by them for the latest versions as long as you are using running and Ubuntu over 9.10 "Karmic". Doc: Installing on Ubuntu
Acquire source list:
Update package manager and install:
Test if MongoDB shell runs:
Press Ctrl+C to exit.
Note: mongo-10gen can be updated and upgraded from AptGet. You do not need to perform the install action again unless you remove it.