Best Way to Install NodeJS on Mac OS

Once every year I make it a priority to nuke my Macbook Pro computer.

There are two reasons why I do this is to keep the apps I actually use, naturally removing the ones I no longer use, but don’t know that I no longer use them!

As I like to try new things it does mean I install lots of scripts and apps on my computer and because I might not actively remove these things from my computer when I no longer need them my computer gets bloated.

By nuking your computer frequently it helps to completely remove unused and unnecessary scripts and apps from your machine.

Keep essential files backed up in the cloud

Knowing that I nuke my computer annually it helps to be more mindful of placing essential files on the cloud. There may come a day where my computer decides it doesn’t want a human to initiate the nuke, it wants to do it itself! When that happens all essential files still stored on my computer maybe lost forever.

This then has helped to structure my thinking into what to do with files as I am working on them. For example, if I’m writing a blog post I ensure I’ve already sent it to my private BitBucket repository, or if I’m working on a spreadsheet I store this in Google Drive or OneDrive.

It’s important then to make sure you are aware of the type of document you are handling and how this can be backed up if you’d like to keep it.

Moving on to our topic today, even though I nuked my computer 1 month ago, I’ve realised today I need to install NodeJS.

The problem I have with NodeJS is having it automatically update itself. I don’t want to have to re-install the direct downloadable file from NodeJS every time there’s a patch update.

Wouldn’t it be great to install it once, and when needed, run a command for it to automatically update?

Thankfully there is such an easy process: Homebrew for Mac

So here were the steps I undertook to be able to reinstall NodeJS back on to my computer:

Check if NodeJS is already installed:

Before you install node you may want to check if you already have it installed. To check if node is already on my machine run node -v in your terminal. This simple command checks the version number of the currently installed node module on your computer.

$ node -v
bash: node: command not found

If you have node installed, you should see a version number pop up underneath your command. Great, there’s nothing more for you to do here! If though, you see the above, move on to the next step.

Do some Homebrew housekeeping first

Before installing node, let’s do a little housekeeping to make sure our computer is updated and everything is in working order.

a) Check your system has the latest updates by running the command brew update:

$ brew update
Already up-to-date

If you see Already up-to-date then you’ve got the latest updates on your machine. If not, you would have noticed a bunch of modules updated on your system.

b) Check your system is humming along well with no conflicts by running brew doctor:

$ brew doctor
Your system is ready to brew.

If you see Your system is ready to brew then your computer is ready to proceed. If not, please read through any of the instructions provided on how you can correct your modules.

Install NodeJS using Homebrew

Our final step then is to simply run the command brew install node:

$ brew install node

You should see lots of action, and to check you’ve properly installed it, re-run our first command in terminal node -v:

$ node -v

Now you’re ready to use NodeJS.

Cloud Apps

Convert WordPress Into Markdown Files With YAML Front Matter (PHP Script)

Now we’re ready to begin our journey on extracting our WordPress content into a format needed for our static site generator, the big question becomes:

What format do we want to be able to extract our WordPress data into?

We have a plethora of choices available, but I like having YAML front-matter at the top of my posts and pages (to control HOW the content will be embedded), which is what many of the popular static site generators prefer too. However, I want the flexibility of being able to write my own custom header information which is what a YAML-like header on my posts and pages will provide.

For the content I’d like it to be Markdown based, even though when we get the data it will be a mix of HTML and Markdown (unless you’ve specifically written in <p> tags for every paragraph break in your content). I’d prefer to continue writing in Markdown and then be able to process my content into HTML for uploading to my static site.

Therefore, the way I have constructed my output is a little like this:

title: This is the title of the page
date: 2012-10-02 14:30
author: Ryan
 - hello
 - world
 - blog
excerpt: This is a wonderful post about title tags on pages
template: post
- /90/this-is-the-title-of-the-page/index.html

What has helped to drive the design of the YAML header in my output has been the help of a node package YAML Front Matter to JSON which helps to transform my entire page into JSON.

The remainder of the page would then contain the content, like:

YAML header (as above)
This is the content of the blog post. 

When we extract it from the WordPress database we'll be noticing that there will be 
&lt;a href="/"&gt;anchor tags&lt;/a&gt; and image tags and div tags (etc) in our document, 
but there will be no paragraph tags. If you don't like Markdown, you could change my PHP 
script below so that it changes line breaks in &lt;br /&gt; or &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt; tags.

So now we have an idea of what we’d like to output from all the content we’ve written in our WordPress install, let’s run a PHP script on our server’s terminal (yes this would therefore assume you have that type of access, you could still possibly run it if you only have FTP access, just be sure to edit the elements within the code and then run the file).

Anyway, here’s the script with detailed comments on how you can extract WordPress content and convert it to YAML front-matter with Markdown content:

$website = ""; // enter your website here, see stripContent function for more details
$username = 'root'; // enter your database's username here
$password = 'password'; // enter your database username's password here
$hostname = 'localhost'; // enter the hostname of your database here
$dbname = 'dbname'; // enter the name of your database here
$output_extension = ".md"; // type of file to output
$out = "/tmp/"; // set where you want the output files to go
$author = "Your Name"; // insert your name as the author for each page and post
* This function removes the slashes, and any absolute references in your posts & pages
* It will also change any references to "/wp-content/uploads/..." to "/img/..."
* So be wary of this when you download and the re-upload to your static site
* @param string $content
* @param string $website
* @return string
function stripContent( $content, $website ) {
$arr = array( $website, "/wp-content" );
$str = str_replace( "\r\n", "\n", stripslashes( $content ) );
$str = str_replace( $arr, "", $str );
return str_replace( "/uploads", "/img", $str );
* This function translates the array of tags in your posts and pages and
* converts it into a string for YAML Front Matter friendly input.
* @param string $tags
* @return string
function outputTags( $tags ) {
$arr = explode( ",", $tags );
$result = "";
foreach( $arr as $i ) {
$result .= " - " . trim( $i ) . "\n";
return $result;
* This function checks whether you have an excerpt for your post and pages
* and if not creates one from the opening paragraph of your content.
* @param string $excerpt
* @param string $content
* @return string
function getExcerpt( $excerpt, $content ) {
if ( strlen( trim( $excerpt ) ) > 0 ) return trim( $excerpt );
$result = strip_tags( substr( $content, 0, strpos( $content, "\n" ) ) );
$result = str_replace( ":", ".", $result ); // YAML plugin doesn't like colons anywhere in header text
return trim( $result );
// let's connect to the database
$dbhandle = mysql_connect( $hostname, $username, $password ) or die("Unable to connect to MySQL");
// let's select the database we need
$db = mysql_select_db( $dbname, $dbhandle ) or die("could not select" . $dbname );
// set the output to UTF-8, if you need another format enter that here, otherwise leave.
mysql_query("SET NAMES 'utf8'");
// show that everything's all good.
echo("Connected to db\n");
// grab the data from the database
$result = mysql_query( "SELECT p.ID as id, p.post_date as postdate, p.post_title as title, p.post_excerpt as excerpt, p.post_name as URI, p.post_type as posttype, p.post_content as content, group_concat( separator ', ' ) as tags
from wp_posts p
left outer join wp_term_relationships r on (p.ID = r.object_id)
left outer join wp_terms t on (r.term_taxonomy_id = t.term_id)
group by id;" )
or die(mysql_error());
// loop through the array of rows we now have and output to the file accordingly
while( $row = mysql_fetch_array( $result ) ) {
// check that the row has a URI
if ( strlen($row['URI']) > 0 ) {
// check that it's a post or page
if ( $row['posttype'] == 'post' || $row['posttype'] == 'page' ) {
// remove absolute links and amend links to /wp-contents/upload/... to /img/...
$content = stripContent( $row['content'], $website );
// prepare the file name for output
$file = $out . $row['URI'] . $output_extension;
$handle = fopen( $file, "w" );
$file = "\xEF\xBB\xBF".$file; // this is what makes the magic for outputting UTF-8
// START YAML front matter
$output = "---" . "\n";
$output .= "title: " . $row['title'] . "\n";
$output .= "author: " $yourname . "\n";
$output .= "date: " . $row['postdate'] . "\n";
// check if the post or page has tags
if ( $row['tags'] ) $output .= "tags: \n" . outputTags( $row['tags'] );
$output .= "excerpt: " . getExcerpt( $row['excerpt'] , $row['content'] ) . "\n";
$output .= "template: " . $row['posttype'] . "\n";
// As post and pages can have different output we'll need to create different redirects
// for each. Generally 'posts' follow the permalink structure, whereas pages are just the URI
if ( $row['posttype'] == 'post' ) $output .= "redirects: \n" . " - /" . $row['id'] . "/" . $row['URI'] . "/index.html" . "\n";
if ( $row['posttype'] == 'page' ) $output .= "redirects: \n" . " - /" . $row['URI'] . "/index.html" . "\n";
$output .= "---" . "\n";
// END YAML header
$output .= $content;
// output the result to file and close
fwrite( $handle, $output );
fclose( $handle );
// Once we're done show it!
echo("finished!" . "\n");