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I was trying to install node js in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS , First I have downloaded latest distribution from Nodejs_Official_Page_Link .It got downloaded at my Downloads folder.then I have copied it from Download folder to /usr/local/ Directory through following command:

sudo cp -r node-v9.11.1-linux-x64 /usr/local/

After that I have checked my /usr/local/ Directory and it showed me a folder name node-v9.11.1-linux-x64

After that I have tried to set the path through following command:

sudo nano /etc/environment

Then I have added :/usr/local/node-v9.11.1-linux-x64/bin in PATH

then I checked it through node --version and it showed me v9.11.1 & for npm --version it is 5.6.0

then I tried to run npm i -g node-static and it said permission error ,try it as root.I know it can be done with sudo then.

So my question is that /usr/local/ a correct choice to install Node-js or should I install it somewhere else?

Further I also want to know what is the recommended place to install mongodb?I am new to Ubuntu so want to go with the recommended/safe practices suggested by experienced developers.Thankyou!

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  • the recommended way for mongodb is sudo apt-get install mongodb
    – pim
    Apr 18, 2018 at 14:19
  • For Node.js, you can use their repository. See this: linuxuprising.com/2018/04/… it explains installing from their repository as well as setting the PATH correctly.
    – Logix
    Apr 18, 2018 at 19:18
  • I'd definitely recommend installing via supported packages rather than copying files into /usr/local manually. For MongoDB: docs.mongodb.com/manual/tutorial/install-mongodb-on-ubuntu. For Node: github.com/nodesource/distributions#debinstall.
    – Stennie
    Apr 19, 2018 at 7:00
  • @Stennie I know it would be easy to install through packages but as I have already installed it by copying it to /usr/local directory so want to resolve this permission issue .I first thought as through sudo it will be done but it didn't work with sudo so can you please suggest me how to resolve this permission issue , I tried following command and it didn't work : sudo npm i -g node-static which responded as sudo: npm: command not found
    – user716691
    May 6, 2018 at 10:08

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I'm also new on Ubuntu and I installed node few weeks ago.

is that /usr/local a correct choice to install Node-js or should I install it somewhere else ?

I think that /usr/bin/ is not a bad place to install nodeJs, however keep in mind that other users on your computer won't have access.

I am new to Ubuntu so want to go with the recommended/safe practices suggested by experienced developers.

According to the documentation : https://docs.npmjs.com/getting-started/fixing-npm-permissions , you should ensure that you've complete all the "manual steps".

I suggest you to use nodesource github repository for automated installation.

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  • I know it would be easy to install through packages but as I have already installed it by copying it to /usr/local directory so want to resolve this permission issue .I first thought as through sudo it will be done but it didn't work with sudo so can you please suggest me how to resolve this permission issue , I tried following command and it didn't work : sudo npm i -g node-static which responded as sudo: npm: command not found
    – user716691
    May 6, 2018 at 10:11
  • If you want to run Node with manual installation, you should be able to fix your permission issues if you follow the steps described here : docs.npmjs.com/getting-started/fixing-npm-permissions
    – Florian
    May 14, 2018 at 9:08
  • thanks for your reply , Did you install mongodb ,if yes then what is the recommended place for same ?
    – user716691
    Jun 26, 2018 at 13:04
  • Not yet, however I'm planning to use MongoDB for my next project. I recommend you to install using repertory. You have a sort of tutorial here : digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/…
    – Florian
    Jun 26, 2018 at 14:40
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I am installing nodejs and npm 10 using this instructions:

https://github.com/nodesource/distributions/blob/master/README.md#debinstall

and installation runs without any problem !

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