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

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?




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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:

  1. nodejs --version

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

  1. which nodejs

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

  1. 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.