Routing node.js with express js

Hello everyone,

I am having a problem with my website. I am running Ubuntu 16.04.1 x64 with node.js. For my website, whenever I go to the other pages on my website. It directs them to the 404 page even though I have a routing set for it.

Here is my server.js file:

For my other configurations for nginx, everything has been based from this guide here:

It actually is my first time deploying a node.js app here so I am still not the best with it.

Hope someone can help here Thanks, Michael


A couple questions.

1.) Are you seeing your custom 404 page defined in your app or the default one from nginx?

2.) Are you seeing a 404 for all pages including / or just for certain ones?

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Quick answer, try starting your node server with DEBUG=express:* node server.js and watch what Express tells you is happening.

Try develop/test with script tags in package.json along following lines:

    "dev": "DEBUG=nodemon:* nodemon server.js",```
 and a nodemon config: `nodemon.json` that has all tracing on: 
```# cat nodemon.json
  "restartable": "rs",
  "ignore": [
  "verbose": true,
  "execMap": {
    "js": "node"
  "env": {
    "DEBUG": "*",
    "NODE_DEBUG": "",
    "NODE_ENV": "development"
  "ext": "js, json, html"

 NODE\_DEBUG is likely too low level and you would only turn on one at a time `NODE_DEBUG=cluster,net,http,fs,tls,module,timers`

Probably not best way to do it, but create a logger per module(\*.js file) (change myApp to match module) and you can do stuff like `DEBUG=*:error,myRoutes:*,express:*` ... whatever you feel like.
```  appLog = { // logger
    /* eslint-disable sort-keys */
    err: debug("myApp:error"),    // 0 -- a problem occured
    warn: debug("myApp:warning"), // 1 -- this could be a problem
    info: debug("myApp:info"),    // 2 -- normal event
    debug: debug("myApp:debug")   // 3 -- use for debugging/development
    /* eslint-enable sort-keys */

Not sure how well this would scale out and or behave in production... but you need some basic logging functionality. Never built real production apps.


FYI: Error: listen EADDRINUSE :::3000 means that the port is already in use! So someone is already running an app using 3000.

I have tried this out and it actually turned out to have an error like this.

Error: listen EADDRINUSE :::3000
    at Object.exports._errnoException (util.js:1026:11)
    at exports._exceptionWithHostPort (util.js:1049:20)
    at Server._listen2 (net.js:1257:14)
    at listen (net.js:1293:10)
    at Server.listen (net.js:1389:5)
    at EventEmitter.listen (/apps/
    at Object.<anonymous> (/apps/
    at Module._compile (module.js:570:32)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:579:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:487:32)

I then changed 3000 to 5000 on my server.js file as shown here:

app.listen(5000, function () {
    console.log('Listening on port 5000!');

and now. It works perfectly! Thank you very much

Hi ryanpq,

  1. I am seeing the 404 page as included on my app

  2. I get redirected to all the 404 page to all other pages except /