Node.js for the BeagleBone Black

node.js

To run node.js on the BeagleBone, it needs to be compiled from scratch or you can install a precompiled distribution available on the downloads page. While it seems to be more common to cross-compile for the ARM, I find it easier to natively compile it on the BeagleBone, but it does take a bit longer.

Note that I compile and install as root sudo su, so if you get any differing result, keep this in mind.

 

Step 1: Prerequisites

We will need a compiler to compile the node source. The build requires python for the configuration scripts and gcc for the actual code.

# apt-get install python
# apt-get install build-essential

 

Step 2: Download Node Source

Download the latest source code from the node.js website. At the time of writing it is version 0.10.5 so adjust this to the desired version. We will unpack it in the current directory. Specify the -C <path> option to extract it elsewhere.

# wget http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.10.5/node-v0.10.5.tar.gz
# tar xzvf node-v0.10.5.tar.gz

 

Step 3: Configure

At the time of this writing, there is a problem with the Google V8 Snapshot feature causing node to segmentation fault. Snapshotting helps node start faster and is not a big-deal feature; we will just compile without it.

# cd node-v0.10.5
# ./configure --without-snapshot
Result:
{ 'target_defaults': { 'cflags': [],
                       'default_configuration': 'Release',
                       'defines': [],
                       'include_dirs': [],
                       'libraries': []},
  'variables': { 'arm_fpu': 'vfpv3',
                 'arm_neon': 0,
                 'armv7': 1,
                 'clang': 0,
                 'gcc_version': 47,
                 'host_arch': 'arm',
                 'node_install_npm': 'true',
                 'node_prefix': '',
                 'node_shared_cares': 'false',
                 'node_shared_http_parser': 'false',
                 'node_shared_libuv': 'false',
                 'node_shared_openssl': 'false',
                 'node_shared_v8': 'false',
                 'node_shared_zlib': 'false',
                 'node_tag': '',
                 'node_unsafe_optimizations': 0,
                 'node_use_dtrace': 'false',
                 'node_use_etw': 'false',
                 'node_use_openssl': 'true',
                 'node_use_perfctr': 'false',
                 'node_use_systemtap': 'false',
                 'python': '/usr/bin/python',
                 'target_arch': 'arm',
                 'v8_enable_gdbjit': 0,
                 'v8_no_strict_aliasing': 1,
                 'v8_use_arm_eabi_hardfloat': 'true',
                 'v8_use_snapshot': 'false'}}
creating  ./config.gypi
creating  ./config.mk

 

Step 4: Compile

We are ready to compile. It is going to take about a half-hour to complete — go get a cup of coffee.

# make

 

Step 5: Verify

Now that the build has finished, we can verify that all looks well before we install it.

# ./node -e 'console.log("het werkt!");'
# ./node -v

 

Step 6: Install

Now that all looks well, we are ready install it.

# make install
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  • http://twitter.com/mottihoresh Motti Horesh

    Thanks! worked perfectly

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  • armhf

    It speeds up the load time: https://developers.google.com/v8/embed

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=344201574814&ref=nf Bangon Kali

    Thanks! This was very helpful!

  • Roberto Carlos Vega

    Hi, is normal what “make” stuck in a line for a long time?. on the line “…./openssl/crypto/ec/ec_curve.o”

  • Roberto Carlos Vega

    lol i stop and run make again and it’s works, thank you for this post man!