If you want to switch among several Node.js installations, they must be configured as local Node.js interpreters. In most cases, JetBrains Rider detects Node.js installations, configures them as interpreters automatically, and adds them to the list where you can select the relevant one.
To run a Node.js application remotely, configure it as a remote interpreter. See Node.js with Docker for details.
Switching between Node.js versions
With JetBrains Rider, you can have several installations of Node.js and switch between while working on the same project.
On the Node.js and NPM page that opens, select the required Node.js installation from the Node Interpreter list.
If you followed the standard installation procedure, in most cases the required Node.js installation is on the list. If the installation is missing, click and configure it as a local interpreter manually.
Using a system Node.js version
With JetBrains Rider, you can set the default system node alias as your project’s Node.js version. After that this version will be automatically used by all the tools that require Node.js and in all new run/debug configurations. In particular, this means that you will not have to update the settings for each tool if you install a new Node.js version and make it the default node alias in your system.
Configuring a local Node.js interpreter
You may need to configure Node.js installation as an interpreter manually, for example, if Node.js is installed in a non-default location so JetBrains Rider does not detect it automatically.
On the Node.js and NPM page, that opens, click next to the Node Interpreter list.
In the Node.js Interpreters dialog that opens with a list of all the currently configured interpreters, click on the toolbar. In the dialog that opens, choose Add Local from the context menu and choose the installation of Node.js, then click OK. You return to the Node.js Interpreters dialog where the Node interpreter read-only field shows the path to the new interpreter.
See Configuring a package manager for a project for details.
When you click OK, you return to the Node.js and NPM page where the Node interpreter field shows the new interpreter.