Run node.js applications as windows services using nssm.

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Run node.js applications as windows services using nssm.


$ npm install winser

Command line arguments

-h, --help          output usage information
-V, --version       output the version number
-i, --install       install the node application as a windows service
-r, --remove        remove the windows service for the node application
-x, --stop          stop the service before uninstalling
-s, --silent        supress any information in the console
-c, --confirmation  ask for confirmation before installing/uninstalling
-p, --path [path]   path to the node application you want to install as a service [current directory]

Method 1

I really like this method, in the package.json:

  "scripts": {
    "postinstall": "winser -i -s -c",
    "preuninstall": "winser -r -x -s",

Then, in order to install a node application in lets say a server I will do this:

  npm install git://

The arguments in the postinstall script means:

The arguments in the preuninstall script means:

Method 2

Add these two scripts to your package.json:

  "scripts": {
    "install-windows-service": "winser -i",
    "uninstall-windows-service": "winser -r"

Then you can install your service as:

  npm run-script install-windows-service

How it works

When you install your node.js program as a windows service, your program is registered using nssm.exe (which is inside the module folder). Once you start the service nssm.exe is run and nssm.exe will execute "npm start" of your application.

Remember that the default npm action for "start" is "node server.js".

The name of the service will be the same from your package.json "name" setting.


This project is heavily inspired in

And it uses: