Node.js version on the command line? (not the REPL)

The Question :

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I want to get the version of Node.js on the command line. I’m expecting to run a command like:

node -version

but that doesn’t work. Does anybody know what the command line would be? (i.e. not the REPL)

The Question Comments :
  • The different answers suggest completely different questions.
  • Yes, the runtime question works for the Node command line, not the shell. Of course, “command line” could refer to either thing.
  • Check node --help. But, in short, you need 2 dashes for full-name options: node --version. A single dash starts a group of aliases, so -version combines -v, -e, -r, etc — though only 3 of the 7 are recognized by Node.
  • @JonathanLonowski: Good to know about node --help (node -h works too). However, node does not support grouping of options the way you describe; e.g., node -p -i works (syntactically – as of 0.12, no combination of short options makes sense semantically), but node -pi results in an unrecognized flag / bad option (0.12) error.
  • This may help somebody!

The Answer 1

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The command line for that is:

node -v


node --version


If node -v doesn’t work, but nodejs -v does, then something’s not set up quite right on your system. See this other question for ways to fix it.

The Answer 2

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If you’re referring to the shell command line, either of the following will work:

node -v

node --version

Just typing node version will cause node.js to attempt loading a module named version, which doesn’t exist unless you like working with confusing module names.

The Answer 3

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Try nodejs instead of just node

$ nodejs -v

The Answer 4

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If you want to check in command prompt use node -v or node –version


If u have node.exe then in node you can give.

process {
  title: 'node',
  version: 'v6.9.5',

The Answer 5

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node --version or node -v


npm --version or npm -v

V8 engine version:

node -p process.versions.v8

The Answer 6

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Repl Command to find the Nodejs Version


The Answer 7

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find the installed node version.

$ node --version


 $ node -v

And if you want more information about installed node(i.e. node version,v8 version,platform,env variables info etc.)

then just do this.

$ node
> process
  process {
  title: 'node',
  version: 'v6.6.0',
   [ 'Binding contextify',
     'Binding natives',
     'NativeModule events',
     'NativeModule util',
     'Binding uv',
     'NativeModule buffer',
     'Binding buffer',
     'Binding util',

where The process object is a global that provides information about, and control over, the current Node.js process.

The Answer 8

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By default node package is nodejs, so use

$ nodejs -v


$ nodejs --version 

You can make a link using

$ sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

then u can use

$ node --version


$ node -v

The Answer 9

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Just type npm version in your command line and it will display all the version details about node, npm, v8 engine etc.

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The Answer 10

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One cool tip if you are using the Atom editor.

$ apm -v
apm  1.12.5
npm  3.10.5
node 4.4.5
python 2.7.12
git 2.7.4

It will return you not only the node version but also few other things.

The Answer 11

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On an Arm7 (armhf) device running Debian Stretch, I had to issue either of the following:

$ nodejs -v
$ nodejs -h

The following did not work:

$ node -v
$ node -h
$ apm -v

Hope this helps someone else.

The Answer 12

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open node.js command prompt
run this command

node -v

The Answer 13

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You can simply do

node --version

or short form would also do

node -v

If above commands does not work, you have done something wrong in installation, reinstall the node.js and try.

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