HomeBrew VS nvm

Compare HomeBrew vs nvm and see what are their differences.


🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux) (by Homebrew)


Node Version Manager - POSIX-compliant bash script to manage multiple active node.js versions (by nvm-sh)
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HomeBrew nvm
478 146
30,578 54,461
1.8% 1.9%
10.0 8.4
4 days ago 19 days ago
Ruby Shell
BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of HomeBrew. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-14.


Posts with mentions or reviews of nvm. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-09.
  • Enforcing Node.js, npm, and Yarn Versions
    1 project | dev.to | 12 Jan 2022
    The conventional way to manage versions in Node.js is through nvm. You add a .nvmrc file stating the version used to the root of your repository and then you can quickly switch to that version. The content of the file is simply the version you want:
  • Help with modifying an existing site locally
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 9 Jan 2022
    npm (Node Package Manager) is a binary that comes with “node” (NodeJs). You can install node using nvm (https://github.com/nvm-sh/nvm).
  • What is nvm?
    1 project | dev.to | 30 Dec 2021
    > git clone https://github.com/nvm-sh/nvm.git > cd nvm
  • Any package to install specific node version only for specific project
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/node | 24 Dec 2021
    You can use Node Version Manager (NVM) for this purpose. https://github.com/nvm-sh/nvm. It lets you switch to different node versions via CLI. Hope it helps!
  • Preparação do Ambiente de Desenvolvimento no Linux
    1 project | dev.to | 12 Dec 2021
    Node.js - Usando NVM
  • Deploy your Node App to EC2 with Github Actions
    1 project | dev.to | 10 Dec 2021
    We are going to install Node via NVM so that we can easily change node versions and then we will use npm to install pm2.
  • 極簡 nvm 使用指南
    2 projects | dev.to | 9 Dec 2021
  • Installing npm v7 on opensuse tumbleweed
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/openSUSE | 8 Dec 2021
    Ah right, npm7 is dropped in node v16.11. You may want to use nvm and install node v16.10 to get npm7.
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/openSUSE | 8 Dec 2021
    Here is link number 1 - Previous text "nvm"
  • NVM on a 2nd linux user: "nvm is already installed .
    1 project | reddit.com/r/node | 5 Dec 2021
    (Solved, it wasn't a nvm issue, look comments) Hello, I‏‏‎‏‏‎‏‏‎‏‏‎­just installed nvm on a linux machine. I have two users that should be able to run node scripts. The readme says "nvm is a version manager for node.js, designed to be installed per-user ..." so I thought cool, I just install it for both these users. First installation went without problems. Now on the 2nd user, I tried to run the install script with curl but I get: nvm is already installed in /home/firstuser/.nvm When I try to run nvm on the 2nd user, I get nvm: command not found Now I copy/pasted the three nvm lines from firstuser/.bashrc to seconduser/.bashrc and made the paths point to the firstuser. This feels very wrong but it's working: export NVM_DIR="/home/firstuser/.nvm" ... Shouldn't I be able to simply install nvm on the second user? What would be the right way to do that? Am I misunderstanding how nvm can/should be used with more than one user? Thanks for reading.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing HomeBrew and nvm you can also consider the following projects:

fnm - 🚀 Fast and simple Node.js version manager, built in Rust

volta - Volta: JS Toolchains as Code. ⚡

asdf - Extendable version manager with support for Ruby, Node.js, Elixir, Erlang & more

Visual Studio Code - Visual Studio Code

SDKMan - The SDKMAN! Command Line Interface

nodist - Natural node.js and npm version manager for windows.

metaplex - Protocol and application framework for decentralized NFT minting, storefronts, and sales.

Chocolatey - Chocolatey - the package manager for Windows

osxfuse - FUSE extends macOS by adding support for user space file systems

shelljs - :shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js

chromebrew - Package manager for Chrome OS

spack - A flexible package manager that supports multiple versions, configurations, platforms, and compilers.