Have a NodeJS server up and running on VPS

  • Posted August 22, 2014

I have a NodeJS server that I want to run on a VPS on Digital Ocean. I log in as usual and I basically follow these steps:

git clone myname@mygitrepo.git
cd myfolder/server
nodejs server.js &
Express listening on port 9099

I can now access my NodeJS on the server. But as soon as I close the SSH connection, the NodeJS server dies. How can I make the NodeJS run even when I close down my session?



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ppnsanders is correct. Just to add on,

sudo npm install -g forever
forever start <path to your server javascript>

You can run forever stop to shut it down, and forever restartall if you just want to restart the server (and any other forever scripts).

hello guys! … i tryed with *forever * and i close the ssh and the server die … really forever is a solution? … and when you need mongoDB running too … How do I do it?


Simple solution (if you are not interested in coming back to the process, just want it to keep running):

nohup node server.js &

Powerful solution (allows you to reconnect to the process if it is interactive):


Use the npm module “forever”.