This tutorial is about the same as my previous one for python written almost exactly one year ago. So without further ado let’s just get into it.
<YOUR-NAME> with a name descriptive of your project. Make it memorable because you have to remember it to stop/restart your project or get the logs.
PATH-TO-PROJECT with the path to your project (something like
/home/user/todo-list). Be aware that you still have to use absolute paths to reference your npm executable.
SCRIPT-NAME with the npm script you want to execute. This will probably be something like
dev. These scripts are listed under the
scripts property in your projects
If you have not yet installed your npm packages then of course do this first. Go into your project folder and execute
Find out the current path to your npm executable with
which. Small recommendation by me for all you macOS and Linux people: Use Node Version Manager (nvm). It works without problems with this, the resulting paths will just look a bit differently.
This will return a path in your file system, use this later as
Create a service via:
sudo systemctl --force --full edit <YOUR-NAME>.service
[Unit] Description=<(Optional) Description of your project> After=network.target [Service] WorkingDirectory=/home/user/<PATH-TO-PROJECT> ExecStart=<YOUR-NPM-PATH> run <SCRIPT-NAME> [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Save it and reload all Systemd services via
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
Enable autostart on boot of your new service:\
sudo systemctl enable <YOUR-NAME>.service
Time of start
The previous example assumes you want your script to start after the network interfaces were initialized and the OS is ready to use. You can change this behaviour by changing the values of the
WantedBy= parameters in the service file.
Execute as user or group
Lastly you can run your project as specific Linux user and/or group e.g. as user “pi” if there are some specific permissions requiring this. For this to work you specify a user or group in the service part of the file. This is an example on how to do this for the user pi:
[Unit] Description=<(Optional) Description of your project> After=network.target [Service] ExecStart=<YOUR-NPM-PATH> <PATH-TO-YOUR-SCRIPT>.py User=pi Group=pi [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Managing the running script
Stop & Restart
You can stop your service by executing:
sudo systemctl stop <YOUR-NAME>.service
The same goes for restarting it via:
sudo systemctl restart <YOUR-NAME>.service
Status & Basic logs
You can check if your service is running or crashed by typing:
sudo systemctl status <YOUR-NAME>.service
This will also show you the last few lines logged by your script (e.g. print statements).
Disable autostart again
You can disable autostart for your new service at any time by typing:\
sudo systemctl disable <YOUR-NAME>.service