Setup NodeJS Project Space on Raspberry Pi Zero W

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Setup the Arch Linux SD Card

This article will be building off a previous article, where I walked through a headless setup of Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi Zero W (rp0w). And if you aren’t familiar with the term “headless setup,” essentially, we are talking about setting up the SD card so you don’t have to plug it into a monitor. You can plug it in to your rp0w, boot it, and SSH in.

Now you’ve setup the Arch Linux card and SSH’ed lets go through setting up a NodeJS environment on the rp0w. Luckily, there have been people smarter than me who’ve already done some heavy lifting for us.

Alright, start by SSH’ing into your Raspberry Pi.

Running a NodeJS Install Script

Now we are at the Raspberry Pi command prompt we are going to run a script which will pull down the latest version of NodeJS built for ARM and install it to the Raspberry Pi.

But before we can do that we need to install a few helper programs

At the command prompt type and say “yes” when prompted.

sudo pacman -S wget

Wget is a package which allows direct download of Internet content from the command prompt.

Now, we will run a command which pulls a NodeJS installation script of the Internet and run it. This script was written by audstanley and can be found at

If you like the script, you should go buy audstanley a coffee – the link to do so is the Github page.

As of this writing, the script downloads the latest version of NodeJS for your architecture (that’s the tricky part), installs it, then creates the appropriate symbolic links for NodeJS and npm to work correctly.

Ok, enough preamble.

To install NodeJS type

sudo wget -O - | sudo bash
node -v

That’s it!

We can now create a new node project by typing

mkdir my_node_project
cd my_node_project
npm init

If you want to learn more about NodeJS, I recommend the Udemy course:

I’m not getting kick backs; it’s the course I used to get and liked it. I actually used the Raspberry Pi for the code he walks through building and didn’t have a problem.

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