Node.js is used for many different purposes, but with Drupal, it is most often used as part of a toolset for Front End development or certain CI tasks.
Drupal VM includes built-in support for Node.js—all you need to do is make sure
nodejs is listed in the list of
config.yml before your provision Drupal VM.
Choosing a version of Node.js¶
You can choose a version of Node.js to install using the
nodejs_version variable in
config.yml. See the
geerlingguy.nodejs Ansible role's README for all the currently-available versions for your OS.
Installing global packages via NPM¶
To install packages globally, you can add them to the list of
config.yml. As an example, many developers use
phantomjs as a ghost web driver for Behat tests inside Drupal VM. To install it globally, add it to the list:
nodejs_npm_global_packages: - phantomjs
You can even specify a specific version to install:
nodejs_npm_global_packages: - name: phantomjs version: 2.1.7
For a list of available role variables, see the
geerlingguy.nodejs Ansible role's README.