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How to install Node.js LTS on Debian 9 stretch

Debian 9, code-named stretch, is the latest edition of Debian. Because of security issues and lack of maintainers to keep it updated, it’s not recommended to install Node.js on Debian 9 from the official Debian 9 repository. Here’s what the Release Notes have to say about Node.js on Debian 9:

The Node.js platform is built on top of libv8-3.14, which experiences a high volume of security issues, but there are currently no volunteers within the project or the security team sufficiently interested and willing to spend the large amount of time required to stem those incoming issues.

Unfortunately, this means that libv8-3.14, nodejs, and the associated node-* package ecosystem should not currently be used with untrusted content, such as unsanitized data from the Internet.

In addition, these packages will not receive any security updates during the lifetime of the stretch release.

That’s why you need to find a secure and reliable source for installing Node.js on Debian 9. In this tutorial, you’ll learn a quick and easy method of installing the long-term support (LTS) version of Node.js from a known and trusted source. Installing Node.js also installs npm.

The secure and reliable source we’ll use is NodeSource, an outfit that provides support for Node.js. To install both applications, use the following commands:

That gives you Node.js 6.x LTS. Support for it is available until April 2019.

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