Node-ffmpeg app crashes in a Droplet


I’m trying to run a node-ffmpeg app in a ubuntu droplet, but it keeps crashing without giving me any reason.

ffmpeg-api@1.0.0 start
NODE_ENV=production node index.mjs

[info] use ffmpeg.wasm v0.11.6
[info] load ffmpeg-core
[info] loading ffmpeg-core
[info] ffmpeg-api listening at port 3000
[info] ffmpeg-core loaded

The app is somewhat a modified version of the following tutorial ( The only difference is that it also uses some mongodb and filestack node packages. It runs perfectly well locally and in the app-platform, however it just keeps crushing in a droplet. Older commits of the app, which follow the tutorial almost exactly, are no good either.

I can confirm node.js and npm are installed and running, and my droplet is able to run a node server. Also while trying to troubleshot it I installed ffmpeg package using sudo apt-get install -y ffmpeg libgdiplus. I don’t have rich experience in droplets, so it’s probably something small I’m missing. However at this point I don’t have any ideas what is it exactly.

Do you have any advise? Thank you!

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Bobby Iliev
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August 23, 2023

Hi there,

The Killed message that you are getting at the end of the output, indicates that your Droplet is running out of memory.

As far as I know, FFMPEG requires around 2GB of RAM, so if your Droplet has less than that it would explain why the process is crashing.

I could suggest a couple of things:

  • Upgrade to a larger Droplet that has at least 2GB of RAM
  • Add a SWAP file so that you could have some extra memory buffer:

Hope that this helps!



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