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Creating a new Hoodie App

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Please refer to the install guides for OS X, Linux and Windows.


To install a specific plugin, run (in your app's directory):

$ hoodie install <name>

where <name> is one of the Hoodie plugins.

To uninstall use:

$ hoodie uninstall <name>

List of Hoodie Plugins

  • users (installed by default)

    • user sign up
    • user sign in
    • password forget
    • change username
    • change password
  • email (installed by default)

    • send multipart emails


In case you get npm permission errors, this is most likely down to the fact that you have previously used the 'sudo' command to install node modules.

sudo -H npm yourCommand should fix this. For slightly more detail, please check out: Why you shouldn't use sudo with npm

Make sure that local-tld got installed correctly

$ NODE_PATH=`npm root -g`
$ open $NODE_PATH/local-tld

Make sure that paths have been set correctly

$ echo $NODE_PATH
$ cat ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ie.hood.local-tld-service.plist

In some situations, you may need to manually update ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ie.hood.local-tld-service.plist to correctly source your Node installation, particularly if you are using a Node version manager, such as nvm.

Check the output of $ cat ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ie.hood.local-tld-service.plist for the following:

    <string>should equal the output of `$ which node`</string>
    <string>should equal the output of `$ echo $NODE_PATH` + /local-tld/bin/local-tld-service</string>

If these values aren't correct, you'll need to open ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ie.hood.local-tld-service.plist in a text editor and update the file with the aforementioned values.

If things do not work, try:

$ launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ie.hood.local-tld-service.plist
$ launchctl load -Fw ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ie.hood.local-tld-service.plist

If things STILL don't work, try that (but don't tell Jan) ((I saw this! — Jan))

$ sudo $NODE_PATH/local-tld/bin/local-tld-troubleshoot


If you find Hoodie interfering with your vhosts, here's a temporary workaround:

To get your vhosts back: $ sudo ipfw flush

To get local-tld back: $ npm install -g local-tld

To find out which state you're in: $ sudo ipfw list If this includes something like "00100 fwd,5999 tcp from any to me dst-port 80 in", local-tld is currently running and might be blocking your vhosts.

Deploy to Nodejitsu

You need a Nodejitsu account and the jitsu tool installed.

Create a new hoodie app:

$ hoodie new myapp

Start app locally:

$ cd myapp
$ hoodie start

Create a database:

$ jitsu database create couch myapp

This prints out the URL for your database, something like:


Go to:


In the bottom right, click on "Fix This". Create a new user with the username admin and a password of your choice. Remember the password.

Create the Nodejitsu app.

$ jitsu apps create

Set your database URL as an environment variable:

$ jitsu env set COUCH_URL http://nodejitsudb1234567890.iriscouch.com:5984
$ jitsu env set HOODIE_ADMIN_USER admin
$ jitsu env set HOODIE_ADMIN_PASS <yourpassword>

<yourpassword> is the one you set up two steps ago.


$ jitsu deploy

(wait a minute)

Go to: http://myapp.jit.su


Deploy on a regular Linux/UNIX box:

See deployment.md