Pono Pono - 2 months ago 27x
Node.js Question

How to run node.js app forever when console is closed?

I connect to my remote server via ssh. Then I start my node.js app with Forever. Everything works fine until I close my console window. How to run node.js app FOREVER on my remote server even when I close my connection via ssh? I just want to start an app and shut down my copmputer. My app should be working in the background on my remote server.


You may also want to consider using the upstart utility. It will allow you to start, stop and restart you node application like a service. Upstart can configured to automatically restart your application if it crashes.

Install upstart:

sudo apt-get install upstart

Create a simple script for your application that will look something like:

description "my app"

start on started mountall
stop on shutdown

# Automatically Respawn:
respawn limit 99 5

env NODE_ENV=production

exec node /somepath/myapp/app.js >> /var/log/myapp.log 2>&1

Then copy the script file (myapp.conf) to /etc/init and make sure its marked as executable. Your application can then be managed using the following commands:

sudo start myapp
sudo stop myapp
sudo restart myapp