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Prerequisites

Install compiler tools.

If you want features such as application profiling or monitoring, you may need to install compiler tools before you start.  

Set directory privileges

To install Node and StrongLoop , you need permissions to write to directories:

  • /usr/local/bin 
  • /usr/local/lib/node_modules 

If you see errors such as:

npm ERR! Error: EACCES, mkdir '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/strongloop'
...
npm ERR! Please try running this command again as root/Administrator
...

Then you don’t have the required rights to create files or directories.  Either change the rights for the specified directories, or run the command using sudo.  In general, it’s better to fix the directory rights as follows:

$ sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local

This command makes your user account the owner of the /usr/local directory. Then you won’t ever have to use sudo to install Node or install packages globally with npm. For more information, see How to Node.

If you have to use sudo, use the following command:

$ sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm install strongloop

Install Node.js

If you haven’t already installed Node, download and install Node.js.

Install StrongLoop  

Follow these steps:

  1. Open a terminal window

  2. Enter this command:

    $ npm install -g strongloop

    If you didn’t set your file and directory privileges as instructed above, you may need to use this command (not recommended):

    $ sudo npm install -g strongloop

If you run into any problems, see Installation troubleshooting.

Errors on Ubuntu

You may see the following errors when installing on Ubuntu:

[email protected] install /usr/local/lib/node_modules/strong-pm/node_modules/minkelite/node_modules/sqlite3
node-pre-gyp install --fallback-to-build

/usr/bin/env: node: No such file or directory
npm WARN This failure might be due to the use of legacy binary "node"
npm WARN For further explanations, please read
/usr/share/doc/nodejs/README.Debian
npm ERR! weird error 127
npm ERR! not ok code 0

To fix this, enter the following command:

$ update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/node node /usr/bin/nodejs 99