How to Automate Restarting Node.js Server after Code Changes on Ubuntu Linux

December 24, 2015 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist.

Node.js Server Auto Restart SetUp

The Short Node.js Guide shows you How to Install the Node.js Modules to Automatic Restarting Server after that Code Changes are made.

The Node.js Modules for Server Auto Restarting used are:

  • forever: A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously.
  • node-dev: Restarts your app when files are modified
  • nodemon: Simple monitor script for use during development of a node.js app
  • supervisor: A supervisor program for running nodejs programs
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  • Installing forever NPM Module:

    npm install -g forever

    Command line Usage: You can use forever to run scripts continuously (whether it is written in node.js or not)

    forever start app.js
  • Installing node-dev NPM Module:

    npm install -g node-dev

    Comman line Usage: just run node-dev as you should normally run node

    node-dev app.js
  • Installing nodemon NPM Module:

    npm install -g nodemon

    Command line Usage: nodemon wraps your application, so you can pass all the arguments you should normally pass to your app

    nodemon app.js
  • Installing supervisor NPM Module:

    npm install -g supervisor

    Command line Usage: Node supervisor can also be used to restart programs when a *.js file changes

    supervisor app.js

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