npm does not support Node.js v10.19.0

npm does not support Node.js v10.19.0
You should probably upgrade to a newer version of node as we
can’t make any promises that npm will work with this version.
You can find the latest version at

Asked By: JoKalliauer


Short Answer

The simplest is to update to Node.js v14:

curl -fsSL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

If you having problems installing try sudo apt-get purge nodejs, see details.

Long Answer

You could update to newer Node.js-versions, see:
however according to a comment on github, jumping to the newest version, might lead to breaking changes. (I don’t notice any.)

Thanks to a comment from @SaidbakR below : To see which version is compatible check the following table:

| NodeJS  | `npm --version` |
| Node 20 | 9.0+            |
| Node 18 | 8.0+            |
| Node 16 | 6.0+            |
| Node 14 | 4.14+, <9.0     |
| Node 12 | 4.12+, <8.0     |
| Node 10 | 4.9+ , <6.0     |

I skipped the uneven numbers, because they don’t have a long-term-support.

If you would like to update to e.g. Node.js 18, edit the number from the code above:

curl -fsSL | sudo -E bash -
if [ -f "/etc/debian_version" ]; then
 sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

This answer is based on (How to update node.js) as well on (compatible node.js and npm-Versions)

Answered By: JoKalliauer

If you have nvm you can try re-installing node versions. Make sure you switch to the version of node for which your npm works first. For example switch to node 8 and then re-install other versions.

nvm use 8
nvm uninstall 10
nvm uninstall  12
nvm install 10
nvm install 12
nvm use 10
nvm alias default 10   
nvm uninstall 8

Source: maxbettercloud on

Answered By: JoKalliauer

Update 2023:

node.js changed the installation:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y ca-certificates curl gnupg
sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg
echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg]$NODE_MAJOR.x nodistro main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs -y

PS: You can change the Version by choosing one of the following:

Answered By: JoKalliauer
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