Auto start NodeJS project on system boot:

Assuming your codebase is in /www/ps-api

vim /etc/crontab:

@reboot root bash /www/ps-api/_cron/

vim /www/ps-api/_cron/

# start app
iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 1080
iptables -A PREROUTING -t nat -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 443 -j REDIRECT --to-port 1443
ufw allow 80/tcp
ufw allow 443/tcp

eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
ssh-add ~/.ssh/gitlab
cd /www/ps-api
git reset HEAD -\-hard;
git pull

#while true; do
#    i=$[$i+1]
#    echo node api.js \#$i
#    node api.js
#    sleep 5

pm2 start api.js

*** When adding SSL support, later, we will get rid of this iptables way of proxying the port number!

vim /www/ps-api/api.js

// This is your Node.js codebase

every time the server boots up, it will execute "", which will serve "api.js".

Multiple ways of actually running the "api.js" Node.js script.

  • First of all, you can do just "node api.js", but that is unreliable - if the script has a fatal error, it will crash and exit the process. Then, your server will not be running anything - and you will no longer have a website running.
  • Or, you can run "node api.js" inside a loop - so if the process crashes, it is immediately restarted.
  • Or, you can use a process manager to spawn the node process. PM2 is a great system-level script, which can monitor your node.js script, restart it if necessary, restart if it starts taking too much memory, run multiple scripts at the same time, etc.

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