Node.js v 12 arrived on schedule. It is going into LTS in October and will be maintained until 2022. Until then, the LTS version remains Node.js 10.

Node.js release Schedule

Node.js LTS & Current Download for macOS:

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Node.js v12 - New Features You Shouldn't Miss

Here is a list of changes we consider essential to highlight:

  • V8 updated to version 7.4
    • Async stack traces arrived
    • Faster async/await implementation
    • New JavaScript language features
    • Performance tweaks & improvements
    • Progress on Worker threads, N-API
  • Default HTTP parser switched to llhttp
  • New experimental “Diagnostic Reports” feature

You can browse the full changelog here and read our deep-dive on Node.js v12 here.

Changelog for Node v12.6.0 (Current)

  • build: Experimental support for building Node.js on MIPS architecture is back
  • child_process: The promisified versions of child_process.exec and child_process.execFile now both return a Promise which has the child instance attached to their child property
  • deps: Updated libuv to 1.30.1
    • Support for the Haiku platform has been added.
    • The maximum UV_THREADPOOL_SIZE has been increased from 128 to 1024.
    • uv_fs_copyfile() now works properly when the source and destination files are the same.
  • process: A new method, process.resourceUsage() was added. It returns resource usage for the current process, such as CPU time
  • src: Fixed an issue related to stdio that could lead to a crash of the process in some circumstances
  • stream: Added a writableFinished property to writable streams. It indicates that all the data has been flushed to the underlying system
  • worker: Fixed an issue that prevented worker threads to listen for data on stdin

Changelog for Node v10.16.0 (LTS)

  • deps:
    • update ICU to 64.2
    • upgrade npm to 6.9.0
    • upgrade openssl sources to 1.1.1b
    • upgrade to libuv 1.28.0
  • events: add once method to use promises with EventEmitter
  • n-api: mark thread-safe function as stable
  • repl: support top-level for-await-of
  • zlib: add brotli support

Learn More Node.js from RisingStack

At RisingStack we've been writing JavaScript / Node tutorials for the community in the past 5 years. If you're beginner to Node.js, we recommend checking out our Node Hero tutorial series! The goal of this series is to help you get started with Node.js and make sure you understand how to write an application using it.

As a sequel to Node Hero, we have completed another series called Node.js at Scale - which focuses on advanced Node / JavaScript topics. Take a look!