Homebrew installs nvm but nvm can't be found afterwards?

I'm using homebrew and oh-my-zsh on a fresh OSX 10.10.1 install. I got nvm via homebrew and then attempted to run it but says - zsh: command not found: nvm

Any idea what the problem is? I was able to install and use git just fine...

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UPDATED 9/20/2019

As stated by more recent answers from DarkPurple141 and Elise van Looij. nvm doesn't appear to be compatible with homebrew. This is also stated in the official nvm-sh repo located here.

Homebrew installation is not supported. If you have issues with homebrew-installed nvm, please brew uninstall it, and install it using the instructions below, before filing an issue.

Note: If you're using zsh you can easily install nvm as a zsh plugin. Install zsh-nvm and run nvm upgrade to upgrade.

The following steps should help:

  1. $ brew uninstall nvm

  2. $ brew cleanup (just for good measure)

  3. $ curl -o- | bash

  4. Check that nvm was installed correctly by running $ command -v nvm.

    4.a If the response is anything other than $ nvm, add the following two lines to the ~/.bash-profile file: export NVM_DIR=~/.nvm source ~/.nvm/

    4.b Restart your computer (you can try closing Terminal and restarting it first)

    4.c $ command -v nvm should now return nvm`

  5. Now update Node.js with $ nvm install --lts

  6. Update npm: $ nvm install-latest-npm

  7. $ npm install --global mocha. Finally, success! Well, for me and I hope for you too.


  • Did you follow the instructions listed in the caveats?

    [~] brew info nvm
    nvm: stable 0.20.0, HEAD
    Not installed
    ==> Caveats
    Add the following to $HOME/.bashrc, $HOME/.zshrc, or your shell's
    equivalent configuration file:
      source $(brew --prefix nvm)/
    Node installs will be lost upon upgrading nvm. Add the following above
    the source line to move install location and prevent this:
      export NVM_DIR=~/.nvm

    Without the extra config it doesn't look like it will find NVM by default..