Running a node app in production#

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Usually you can run your app in dev mode with:

node app.js

In production however you want to use Nginx to serve static files and a process manager to handle serving your app

Install pm2

sudo npm install -g pm2

Start the app with pm2 (can use -i max for cluster mode)

pm2 start app.js

This will start your app in the background

Now make a systemd entry for the app with:

pm2 startup systemd

Ensure to run the result of the above command


pm2 save

Now stop the manual process:

pm2 kill

and start the systemd file:

sudo systemctl start pm2-<user>

Also set up the nginx reverse proxy for the port your app is running on from the link below