Step 1: Install Node.js Make sure you have Node.js installed on your computer. You can download the latest version from the official Node.js website (https://nodejs.org). Follow the installation instructions specific to your operating system.
Step 2: Create a New Folder Create a new folder on your computer where you want to store your Node.js project files.
Step 3: Open a Text Editor Open a text editor or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of your choice. Examples include Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, Atom, or Notepad++. This is where you’ll write your Node.js code.
Step 4: Create a New Node.js File In your text editor, create a new file and give it a meaningful name, such as
Step 5: Initialize Your Project (Optional) If you’re starting a new Node.js project and want to manage dependencies using npm (Node Package Manager), you can initialize your project by opening the command prompt or terminal, navigating to your project folder, and running the following command:
This command will guide you through creating a
package.json file, which will store information about your project and its dependencies.
Step 6: Write Your Node.js Code In your Node.js file (e.g.,
Step 7: Run Your Node.js Code To execute your Node.js file, open the command prompt or terminal, navigate to your project folder where the Node.js file is located, and run the following command:
app.js with the actual name of your Node.js file if it’s different.
If everything is set up correctly, you should see the output “Hello, Node.js!” in the console.
Congratulations! You’ve written and executed your first Node.js code.
Remember to save your Node.js file whenever you make changes, and you can re-run it by executing the
node command followed by your file name.