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application_nodejs (3) Versions 2.0.0

Deploys and configures Node.js applications

cookbook 'application_nodejs', '= 2.0.0'
cookbook 'application_nodejs', '= 2.0.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install application_nodejs
knife supermarket download application_nodejs
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This cookbook is designed to be able to describe and deploy Node.js web applications using Upstart.

Note that this cookbook provides the Node-specific bindings for the application cookbook; you will find general documentation in that cookbook.


Chef 0.10.0 or higher required (for Chef environment use).

Upstart 1.4 or higher for the use of setuid in the default Upstart configuration template. This requirement can be worked around by specifying a custom template.

The following Opscode cookbooks are dependencies:


The nodejs sub-resource LWRP deals with deploying Node.js applications using Upstart. It is not meant to be used by itself; make sure you are familiar with the application cookbook before proceeding.

Attribute Parameters

  • npm: If true, npm will be used to install the dependencies specified in packages.json. Defaults to true.
  • template: The name of the template that will be used to create the Upstart configuration file. If specified, it will be looked up in the application cookbook. Defaults to nodejs.upstart.conf.erb from this cookbook.
  • entry_point: The argument to pass to node. Defaults to app.js.


Here is an example hello world application using Express:

application "hello-world" do
  path "/srv/node-hello-world"
  owner "www-data"
  group "www-data"
  packages ["git"]

  repository "git://"

  nodejs do
    entry_point "examples/hello-world"

License and Author

Author:: Conrad Kramer (

Copyright 2013, Kramer Software Productions, LLC.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

Dependent cookbooks

application >= 0.0.0
nodejs >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

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