# Installing Fast Node Manager (fnm)

By: Jay the Code Monkey
β€’Posted: Dec 8, 2021 β€’Updated: Aug 6, 2022

# Why use fnm?

Fast Node Manager (fnm) (opens new window) is a fast and simple Node version manager built in Rust (opens new window).

For those of you who haven't read the post Installing Node Version Manager (nvm), a Node version manager allows you to easily install and switch between numerous versions of Node.js (opens new window). This is useful when a project you’re working on requires a different version of Node.js (opens new window) than what you currently have installed.

Here are some features of fnm (opens new window):

Since fnm (opens new window) is much faster than nvm (opens new window), it's my preferred way to manage my Node versions.

# Installation

We'll be going over how to install fnm (opens new window) on Linux, macOS, and Windows. If you run into any issues with installation then check out the fnm (opens new window) repository for any updates.

Other Installation Methods

If you're interested in using Cargo (opens new window) or downloading a release binary, then check out the fnm (opens new window) repository for installation instructions.

# Linux

First make sure you have curl installed:

Next you can install fnm (opens new window) using either one of the following commands for bash, zsh, and fish shells.

Here we're setting the custom directory $HOME/.local/bin as the location to install fnm (opens new window) using --install-dir.

If you want to install fnm (opens new window) in a different location, then change $HOME/.local/bin to your preferred directory.

You can also remove --install-dir when installing to use the default directory $HOME/.fnm.

Run the following command if you don't have .local/bin in your path and you're using the custom directory $HOME/.local/bin.

If you're using a different custom directory and you don't have it in your path, then replace $HOME/.local/bin with you're preferred directory.

Run the following command to upgrade fnm (opens new window).

If you're using a different custom directory, then replace $HOME/.local/bin with you're preferred directory.

# macOS

The preferred way to install on macOS is to use Homebrew (opens new window):

Here's how to upgrade using Homebrew (opens new window):

# Windows

You can manually install on Windows using either Scoop (opens new window) or Chocolatey (opens new window):

# Shell Setup

Before you can use fnm (opens new window), you have to first set up your shell. We'll be going over how to set up fnm (opens new window) for bash, zsh, fish, and powershell.

Windows Command Prompt and Cmder

If you're interested in using Windows Command Prompt or Cmder then check out the fnm (opens new window) repository for instructions.

# Bash

Add the following to your .bashrc:

# Zsh

Add the following to your .zshrc:

# Fish Shell

Create ~/.config/fish/conf.d/fnm.fish and add this line:

# PowerShell

Add this line to the end of your profile file:

On Windows, the profile is located at ~\Documents\PowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1 or $PROFILE

On macOS and Linux, the profile is located at ~/.config/powershell/Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1

# Usage

Here are some useful commands to get started with fnm (opens new window). You can find more commands here (opens new window) or you can run fnm --help to see a list of subcommands and fnm <SUBCOMMAND> --help to see information for a specific subcommand.

# Completions

Here's how to set up fnm (opens new window) completions for bash and zsh:

# Bash

Add the following to your .bashrc:

# Zsh

Add the following to your .zshrc:

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