How to install Node.js library on Linux

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First of all, you need to install Node.js.

Before updating Node.js, please be sure to remove old versions:

sudo apt-get purge node nodejs node.js -y
sudo apt-get autoremove

Automatic Node.js installation

Add repositories:

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -

Install Node.js:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install build-essential nodejs -y

Manual Node.js installation

Automatic install might not work for you, in this case you can perform manual installation. If uname -m gives you armv6l (on Raspberry Pi, usually), try this:

sudo su

cd /opt

wget -O - | tar -xz
mv node-v6.9.5-linux-armv6l nodejs

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
apt-get install build-essential

ln -s /opt/nodejs/bin/node /usr/bin/node
ln -s /opt/nodejs/bin/node /usr/bin/nodejs
ln -s /opt/nodejs/bin/npm /usr/bin/npm


export PATH=$PATH:/opt/nodejs/bin/

Check your Node.js and npm installation

pi@raspberrypi:/ $ node --version

pi@raspberrypi:/ $ npm -v

Install Blynk globally

sudo npm install blynk-library -g
sudo npm install onoff -g

Run default Blynk client (replace YourAuthToken):

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/nodejs/bin/
blynk-client YourAuthToken

Creating a new Node.js project with Blynk

Installing Blynk globally may not work or can be undesired. In this case, you need to create a new Node.js module with local Blynk library dependency.

mkdir my-awesome-project
cd my-awesome-project
npm init

It will prompt you for general information about your project and create a package.json file (project description). Next, add Blynk to your project:

npm install blynk-library --save

You can also install onoff, if you want (allows direct pin operations):

npm install onoff --save

Now create your main script file index.js (just replace YourAuthToken):

var Blynk = require('blynk-library');

var AUTH = 'YourAuthToken';

var blynk = new Blynk.Blynk(AUTH);

var v1 = new blynk.VirtualPin(1);
var v9 = new blynk.VirtualPin(9);

v1.on('write', function(param) {
  console.log('V1:', param[0]);

v9.on('read', function() {
  v9.write(new Date().getSeconds());

This is it. Run your project:

node index.js

You should see something like:

OnOff mode
Connecting to: 8441
SSL authorization...

Write our own script based on examples!

What next?

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Further reading

Instructables: Use DHT11/DHT12 sensors with Raspberry Pi and Blynk Node.js vs C++ library

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