How Can I Uninstall Node.js And Perform A Fresh Installation Starting From Scratch On Mac OS X?

To completely uninstall Node.js and reinstall it from scratch on macOS, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Uninstalling Node.js

  1. Open
  2. Run the following command to remove Node.js and npm:
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/{lib/node{,/.npm,_modules},bin,share/man}/{npm*,node*,man1/node*}
  1. Enter your macOS password when prompted.

Step 2: Removing Node.js environment variables

  1. Open
  2. Run the following command to remove any Node.js-related environment variables from your shell configuration file (e.g., .bashrc, .bash_profile, .zshrc, etc.):
sudo nano ~/.bashrc
  1. Remove any lines referencing Node.js or npm.
  2. Save and exit the file by pressing Control + X, then Y, and finally Enter.

Step 3: Reinstalling Node.js

  1. Download the latest Node.js package from the official website (
  2. Open the downloaded package (.pkg) file.
  3. Follow the installation wizard to install Node.js.

Step 4: Confirming installation

  1. Open
  2. Run the following command to confirm that Node.js and npm are installed correctly:
node -v
npm -v
  1. You should see the versions of Node.js and npm displayed, indicating successful installation.

That’s it! You have now completely uninstalled Node.js and reinstalled it from scratch on your macOS system.

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