Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· shlomitc

Install nodejs using homebrew and install appium

I was very exited to install appium but one major issue I encountered is that you can't npm-install it using sudo.
Well that's really annoying because I'm installing it on a VM that has a shared folder, and I have to use sudo... damn...
So I tired several solutions, and found that the best thing to do, is install nodejs and npm allover again using Homebrew.

I thought it's a good place to share the process I went through:
Note that I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 64bit Using VirtualBox.
This solution worked for me, but I hope that will help someone, someday.

  • Uninstall node and npm:

sudo apt-get remove nodejs

  • install linuxbrew:

ruby -e "$(wget -O- https://raw.github.com/Homebrew/linuxbrew/go/install)"

  • Add linuxbrew to path:

In many places you might see that you need to add the following lines to .bashrc
In my case, .bashrc is not loaded each time I open the terminal, instead .bash_profile was the right place.

export PATH="$HOME/.linuxbrew/bin:$PATH"
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/.linuxbrew/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"

so just add these two lines to the file that fits your machine.

  • Install nodejs and npm:

brew install node

  • Existing global packages.

If you have already installed global packages, make sure they will be in the newly created global packages folder. Since I didn't have many, I just reinstalled them. Default folder is:


old one was:


  • Install appium globally:

npm install -g appium

  • Install appium client in your project folder:

npm install wd

  • Download and Install Android SDK:

  • Add the following paths to .bashrc / .bash_profile:

export ANDROID_HOME="$HOME/adt/sdk"

export JAVA_HOME="/usr/bin/java"

export PATH=${PATH}:~/adt/sdk/tools

export PATH=${PATH}:~/adt/sdk/platform-tools

  • Install needed packages:


  • Add AVD (Andorid virtual device)

    • Go to "Device Definitions"
    • Click on the wanted device.
    • Click create AVD.
    • Go to Android Virtual Devices.
    • Click Start.
  • Start appium server:

appium &

  • Run tests:

node your-appium-test.js


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I used following command to install the appium in ubuntu but when i gave appium & command it showing me error message like

[1] 11411
/Home/Username:~$ appium: command not found

Please help me out to resolve this problem

over 1 year ago ·