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Node.js on RaspberryPi, it is installed, but it cannot be found by


I’m trying to install on a RaspberryPi Zero which already has HomeBridge installed, and with that also node.js.

When I try to install, it gives an error:
pi@homebridge:/ $ sudo apt install remoteit
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
remoteit : Depends: nodejs but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

HomeBridge is a disk image from the official distribution:

See also this special note from the documentation for this Homebridge install:
The installation of Node.js on arm32v6 devices such as the Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero is not supported by the official repository using the steps above. Instead use the following commands to install Node.js.
# update repos
sudo apt-get update

# install deps
sudo apt-get install -y gcc g++ make python git

# install node and npm
sudo curl -Lf# “” | sudo tar xzf - -C /usr/local --strip-components=1 --no-same-owner

# test node is working
node -v

node -v command gives me:

Any help, in simple terms please, would be greatly appreciated!


Hi Chris,

Not entirely sure what is going on there. For some reason our package seems not to pick up that nodejs is installed.

What do you get from:

sudo dpkg -s nodejs


Hi Gary,

this is the output:

pi@homebridge:~ $ sudo dpkg -s nodejs

dpkg-query: package ‘nodejs’ is not installed and no information is available

Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files.

pi@homebridge:~ $ node -v


It looks like node has been installed in some unconventional way. Perhaps compiling from source instead of using the regular Debian package manager. It’s possible that homebridge needs a newer version of node than comes with the current state of the repository.

Can you try the advice shown here:


sudo apt install remoteit nodejs-

Let me know if this helps.