How To

Getting Started with StrongLoop Node

In this Getting Started guide we are going to start with installing StrongLoop Node then configure and run a sample application — a blog engine — to demonstrate how one can build an application using StrongLoop Node.

The What of StrongLoop Node

StrongLoop Node is a packaged distribution of Node.js, NPM and a set of StrongLoop utilities (not available in the beta release). All of these are installed in global locations, meaning you can use the “node” and “npm” commands from your terminal once you install StrongLoop Node.

The How of StrongLoop Node

As a packaged distribution of Node.js and NPM, at its core you can consider using StrongLoop Node as you would use Node.js. Therefore, how StrongLoop Node works is effectively identical except that the packages have been tested, certified, and you can get support from StrongLoop if you’re using StrongLoop Node.
In this guide we’ll get you going with StrongLoop Node and explore a sample blogging application.

Installing StrongLoop Node


Download the StrongLoop Node distribution for your platform.

For Windows or MacOS X, the installer will guide you through the installation.
NOTE: On MacOS Mountain Lion, you’ll need to right-click or command-click the .pkg file and choose Open or else you’ll get a security warning. On Windows, please accept the “Unknown” publisher. The packages will be signed when the 1.0.0 release is out.


For Debian packages, use the following command:

$ sudo dpkg -i


For RPM packages, use the following command:

$ sudo rpm -i

Once you finish the installation, the node command will be available on the PATH.

  • Linux

    (Deb & RPM) – /usr/bin

  • MacOS

    – /usr/local/bin

  • Windows (x64)

    – C:Program FilesStrongLoop Node

  • Windows (x86)

    – C:Program Files (x86)StrongLoop Node