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Developing a node.js based service?
Fed up with manually restarting your app every time you make a change?

If you’ve answered yes to both questions give nodemon a try.

nodemon will monitor the files in the directory, and in case of a change - it will automatically restart your node application.

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$ npm install -g nodemon


Since nodemon is a replacement wrapper for node that watches for changes, just replace node with nodemon when you run your script:

$ nodemon my_service.js

In case you need a manual restart of your app type rs followed by a return, instead of stopping and restarting nodemon.

I recommend adding a dev script under npm scripts in package.json file:

  "scripts": {
    "start": "node my_app.js",
    "dev": "nodemon my_app.js"

There are other features I found useful:

  • Using config files or nodemonConfig in the package.json file
  • Specifying extension watch list: nodemon -e js,json
  • Monitoring multiple directories: --watch flag per directory watched

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Note: I plan to cover debugging with nodemon in a separate post.

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