Setting Up Your Development Environment

To set up your environment for developing on Node.js:

  1. Install the latest release of Node.js.

    See Node.js Runtime for a list of the supported versions, or see Custom Runtimes for information about using other Node.js versions.

  2. Install and initialize the gcloud CLI for deploying and managing your apps. If you already have the gcloud CLI installed and initialized, run the gcloud components update command to update to the latest release.

    By downloading, you agree to be bound by the Terms that govern use of the gcloud CLI for App Engine.

Installing optional tools

  • For access to code, samples, libraries, and tools in GitHub, install Git:

    Install Git

  • The npm package manager is usually installed alongside Node.js, but you also have the option to install the Yarn package manager as an alternative.

  • To easily manage your Node.js and npm installations, install Node Version Manager (nvm):

    Install nvm

    If you use Windows, see nvm-windows.

  • Install your preferred tooling or framework, for example you can use the Express.js framework.