Node.js 18 released
🇺🇦 #434 — April 21, 2022
Node.js 18 (Current) Released — Almost exactly one year after Node 16 and two after Node 14 comes the newest version of Node. It’s a ‘current’ branch release for now, but will become an LTS (Long-Term Support) release in October, and you can expect it to be supported till 2025. What’s new?
As the new ‘current’ release, Node 18 will get all the fancy new features first, until October 2022.
The Fetch API, backed by Undici is now available globally by default. Say hello to (and be aware of) fetch, Request, Response and other new globals.
The Web Streams API is now exposed on the global scope, as are Blob and BroadcastChannel.
The node:test test runner module.
If you like laundry lists, the official release post by Beth Griggs is well worth working through too.
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