Compile node.js on Centos Linux

Written on May 26, 2012 by Kev

This is a quick how to with the steps used to compile Node.js on Centos Linux.

These steps were successfully executed on Centos 6.2 x86 with node 0.6.18

First, download the sourcecode from www.nodejs.org and extract it:
tar -xvf node-v0.6.18.tar.gz

Next, if you don’t have the development tools already installed you’ll need to install them (as root):
yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'

…and you should also install openssl too (as root):
yum install openssl-devel

Now we can start the build process.

./configure

If all loks well, lets compile node.js:
make

And finally to install it into system, as root run:
make install

If all that went well you should have a working node.js installation. Type node --version to see if it works.