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How To Install Bower on Ubuntu

bower In this tutorial we're going to be installing Bower onto Ubuntu. Bower is a package manager for front-end libraries, similar to that of composer. It runs on Node.js and uses Git to install the required packages. As it requires Git to install the packages we first need to make sure git is installed.

$ sudo apt-get install git-core

Bower uses Node.js and npm to manage the programs so lets install these.

$ sudo apt-get install nodejs

Node will now be installed with the executable located in /etc/usr/nodejs. You should be able to execute Node.js by using the command below, but as ours are location in nodejs we will get an error No such file or directory.

$ /usr/bin/env node

We can manually fix this by creating a symlink.

$ sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

Now check Node.js is installed correctly by using.

$ /usr/bin/env node

Install npm

$ sudo apt-get install npm

Install Bower

sudo npm install -g bower

Check bower is installed and what version you're running.

$ bower -v

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