Install Node-Webkit On Ubuntu Linux
Install node-webkit on Ubuntu Linux
Akbar S. Ahmed | Mar 20, 2014

Step-by-step instructions

Installing node-webkit on Ubuntu Linux is easy. We are going to install node-webkit into our home directory so that we do not need to use sudo during development.

If you use Ubuntu 13.04 or 13.10 there is a fix for the libudev error at the end of this post.

Create a directory structure to store locally installed packages.

mkdir -p ~/opt/packages && cd $_

Change the version numbers below as new versions of node-webkit are released.

Download the node.js package.


Unzip the package.

gzip -dc node-webkit-v0.9.1-linux-x64.tar.gz | tar xf -

Create a symlink to the currently installed version. We can change the symlink in the future to easily upgrade our node-webkit version.

ln -s ~/opt/packages/node-webkit-v0.9.1-linux-x64/ ~/opt/node-webkit

Add node-webkit to your PATH.

vi ~/.profile

Write the following in your .profile file:

# Add node-webkit to PATH
if [ -d "$HOME/opt/node-webkit" ]; then

Source your .profile file.

source ~/.profile

Ensure that the nw command is in your PATH.

which nw

Fix the error on Ubuntu 13.04 / 13.10

If you are using Ubuntu 13.04 or 13.10, then you will get the following error when you first run nw.

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object
file: No such file or directory

The problem is that newer versions of Ubuntu use while node-webkit is built against However, fixing the error is easy.

sudo apt-get install ghex

cd ~/opt/node-webkit

ghex nw

The ghex GUI will open with nw loaded.

  • Expand the window as this makes editing easier.
  • Press Ctrl + F to open the Find dialog box.
  • Press Tab to move the cursor to the right textbox.
  • Type
  • Click Find Next.
  • You should now see will be highlighted in red. Resize the window if you do not see every character in
  • Select 0 with your mouse and type 1.
  • Select File, click Save.
  • Select File, click Exit.

Run nw and you should see an empty node-webkit window.

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