# 2. Setting up the environment

Most Ethereum libraries and tools are written in JavaScript, and so is Hardhat. If you're not familiar with Node.js, it's a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. It's the most popular solution to run JavaScript outside of a web browser and Hardhat is built on top of it.

# Installing Node.js

You can skip this section if you already have a working Node.js >=12.0 installation. If not, here's how to install it on Ubuntu, MacOS and Windows.

# Linux

# Ubuntu

Copy and paste these commands in a terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install curl git
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install nodejs

# MacOS

Make sure you have git installed. Otherwise, follow these instructions (opens new window).

There are multiple ways of installing Node.js on MacOS. We will be using Node Version Manager (nvm) (opens new window). Copy and paste these commands in a terminal:

curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.35.2/install.sh | bash
nvm install 12
nvm use 12
nvm alias default 12
npm install npm --global # Upgrade npm to the latest version

# Windows

Installing Node.js on Windows requires a few manual steps. We'll install git, Node.js 12.x and npm. Download and run these:

  1. Git's installer for Windows (opens new window)
  2. node-v12.XX.XX-x64.msi from here (opens new window)

# Upgrading your Node.js installation

If your version of Node.js is older than 12.0 follow the instructions below to upgrade.

# Linux

# Ubuntu

  1. Run sudo apt remove nodejs in a terminal to remove Node.js.
  2. Find the version of Node.js that you want to install here (opens new window) and follow the instructions.
  3. Run sudo apt update && sudo apt install nodejs in a terminal to install Node.js again.

# MacOS

You can change your Node.js version using nvm (opens new window). To upgrade to Node.js 12.x run these in a terminal:

nvm install 12
nvm use 12
nvm alias default 12
npm install npm --global # Upgrade npm to the latest version

# Windows

You need to follow the same installation instructions as before but choose a different version. You can check the list of all available versions here (opens new window).

Last Updated: 9/4/2021, 8:27:24 PM