How to install Node.js without admin rights

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Node.js does provide pre-built installers for all platforms but here we are going to talk about how to install and prep your PC for Node.js development when you don’t have administrator rights.

Step 1: Get Node.exe First you will need to download the Windows Binary. You can get it from Node.js download page or For x64, you will have to download from the appropriate folder. Move the executable to a local folder.

Step 2: Get NPM NPM (Node Package Manager) is the package manager for Node.js and you will need this for your development. You can download NPM from and extract the zip file to a local folder.

Step 3: Configure the environment PATH variable. You need to set up the PATH variable so that you can call node from anywhere in the system.

set PATH=%PATH%;D:\path-to-your-node;D:\path-to-your-npm

Mostly likely, the usual way of setting environment variables may not be accessible or not sufficient for you. instead you might want to hit Win + R (Open the Run dialog) and execute this:

rundll32 sysdm.cpl,EditEnvironmentVariables

This command will provide you with Environment Variables dialog box. You will be able to add/modify the PATH variable for the current user. Environment Variables dialog box

Step 4: Testing your Node.js installation Quick way to test your Node.js installation is to get the version of Node.js that you are running by running the following command:

node --version

You should get something like this: Testing Nodejs installation

Extra: Setting up NPM to work behind a proxy Apart from the hurdle of not having admin rights, one common issue is working behind the corporate proxy. Fire up your command line and type in the following:

npm config set proxy http://proxy:port
npm config set https-proxy https://proxy:port

If you need to specify the credentials, then use the following syntax:

npm config set proxy http://username:password@proxy:port
npm config set https-proxy https://username:password@proxy:port

Now you can get your hands dirty with Node.js. Happy programming! :)

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