Note: This document only applies to student groups with virtual hosts who have applied for apphosting. For normal user accounts or for groups without apphosting, you'll want to host with FastCGI instead.
You will want to deploy your application using nvm so that you can easily install and manage dependencies and versions.
Create a directory for your app to live in:
mkdir -p ~/myapp cd ~/myapp
Install nvm in your home directory. Note that
nvm is terrible and will
modify your shell config files without asking. But maybe that's what you
Go find the latest version from the NVM GitHub, and copy the nasty one-liner straight into your shell to install it. At the time of writing, it looks like this:
curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.33.0/install.sh | bash
Go ahead and run it, and close/re-open your terminal as it suggests.
Install whatever version of Node.js you want.
nvm install 6 nvm alias default 6
Copy your code to
~/myapp/src or similar, and install any dependencies
Create a file at
~/myapp/run with content like:
#!/bin/bash -e USER="$(whoami)" [ -e "/srv/apps/$USER/$USER.sock" ] && rm "/srv/apps/$USER/$USER.sock" umask 0 . ~/.nvm/nvm.sh NODE_ENV=production PORT="/srv/apps/$USER/$USER.sock" \ exec ~/myapp/src/bin/www
~/myapp/src/bin/www with the path to your app, then make
chmod +x ~/myapp/run
Test executing the run script. You should be able to access your website while running it (or see any errors in your terminal).
Cool, your app works. Set up systemd to supervise your app (so that it starts and restarts automatically).
If you have a better way to host Node.js-based apps on the app server (or a suggestion for how we could improve this documentation), send us an email!