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App Platform Node Build Pack can't use node version 18+

I’m trying to use nodejs 18.x.x on the app platform but can’t. Is the buildpack limited to nodejs 16/17?

If so when will it be updated to support 18+?

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Gatsby v5 requires Node 18. This needs to be addressed soon.

Node.js v18.x.x is still not supported in App Platform while buildpack supports it since may 2022. Moreover v18.x.x is the active and LTS version since october 2022. Adding support of v18.x.x would be highly appreciated ! I know I can use a Dockerfile, but I use App Platform precisely so as not to have to deal with this kind of thing.

Kamal Nasser
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August 3, 2022

Hi @paperplanesoftware,

Yes, the buildpack is currently limited to Node.js versions up to v16. Adding support for v18+ is definitely planned but unfortunately I can’t share an ETA at this time.

If you absolutely need to use v18, you can switch to a Dockerfile based build instead of buildpacks.