I have a chromebook with a Precise Ubuntu chroot on it.

I can't figure out how to install the current node.js from the tarball, because

sudo make install

doesn't work.

  • What error message do you have ?
    – hg8
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:09
  • ./install is just not a file.
    – Elliot A.
    Dec 29, 2015 at 20:14
  • Is there a particular reason why you want to compile nodejs?
    – hg8
    Dec 30, 2015 at 7:54
  • @hg8 I have a few things to do that I need to install it for.
    – Elliot A.
    Dec 30, 2015 at 13:39
  • So using apt-get is not okay for you?
    – hg8
    Dec 30, 2015 at 13:41

1 Answer 1


You don't need to compile NodeJS by yourself. The easiest way to install NodeJS is using the official PPA (which contains the latest version — 4.2.4 as of today).

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and :

  1. Install curl

    sudo apt-get install curl
  2. Install NodeJS :

    curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_4.x | sudo bash -
    sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

That's it!

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