Node Version Manager (nvm) overview

Published May 9, 2024Last updated June 14, 20241 min read

nvm facilitates switching between different Node versions across projects. This post covers its overview from installation to version management.


To install nvm, execute the following commands in your terminal. This example uses zsh, but the process is similar for other shells like bash.

curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.39.7/install.sh | bash
source ~/.zshrc

Version management

  • Install the specific version. Including the v prefix is optional.

    nvm install v21.7.2
  • Install the latest version

    nvm install node
  • Install the latest one for the specified major version

    nvm install 22
  • Switch to a specific installed version

    nvm use 21
  • Add .nvmrc file inside the project directory and run nvm use command to use the specified installed version.

  • Get the list of locally installed versions

    nvm ls
  • Get the list of available versions for installation

    nvm ls-remote


Here is the link to the template I use for the development.