Where is node.js installed on one-click droplet? Where do I put my server code?

November 24, 2016 703 views
Node.js Ubuntu 16.04

It's my first time using DigitalOcean and I just created a node.js 6.9.1 one-click droplet. I'm able to connect to it via SFTP.

I'm wondering:

  • where is node located on disk?
  • where should I put my server code?
  • how do I run node on this droplet?



2 Answers


You should be able to call Node.js by executing nodejs (if that's not working it's node, but I think default is nodejs, can't check now).

To check version if you want:

  • nodejs --version

To check where is it installed, which will help you. It'll return where binary is located:

  • which nodejs

You can put code anywhere where you want. Then you start it with:

  • nodejs app.js

As this is working until you close session, you probably want to setup pm2 or forever. It'll help you to run node apps as a service.
DigitalOcean has great tutorial on this topic, covering everything you'll need - How To Set Up a Node.js Application for Production on Ubuntu 16.04.

Node.js is an open source JavaScript runtime environment for easily building server-side and networking applications. Node.js applications can be run at the command line but this guide focuses on running them as a service using PM2, so that they will automatically restart on reboot or failure, and can safely be used in a production environment.
  • Thanks for the response xMudrii. I'll go over the tutorial. Also, silly question, but how I log in to the droplet using ssh or the web console? I can't seem to login to either using our root password (sorry for the weird question, our sysadmin is no longer with us).

    • Try looking at How To Connect To Your Droplet with SSH.

      Also, try typing password manually, maybe copy is not working correctly. On Web Console, copy/paste doesn't work. For SSH, that depends on client.
      While you type, password is invisible, you don't see but it's there. :)

      If you have recently created a DigitalOcean Droplet, and you are new to working with Linux servers, you will need to learn how to use SSH to connect to and manage it. SSH, which stands for Secure Shell, is an encrypted network protocol that is used to for, among other...
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