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Running a custom/latest Node[.js] version on RedHat's OpenShift PaaS

This git repository is a sample Node application along with the "orchestration" bits to help you run the latest or a custom version of Node on RedHat's OpenShift PaaS.

Selecting a Node version to install/use

To select the version of Node.js that you want to run, just edit or add a version to the .openshift/markers/NODEJS_VERSION file.

Example: To install Node.js version 0.9.1, you can run:
   $ echo -e "0.9.1\n" >> .openshift/markers/NODEJS_VERSION

The action_hooks in this application will use that NODEJS_VERSION marker file to download and extract that Node version if it is available on and will automatically set the paths up to use the node/npm binaries from that install directory.

 See: .openshift/action_hooks/ for more details.

Note: The last non-blank line in the .openshift/markers/NODEJS_VERSION
      file.determines the version it will install.

Okay, now onto how can you get a custom Node.js version running on OpenShift.

Steps to get a custom Node.js version running on OpenShift

Create an account at

Create a namespace, if you haven't already do so

rhc domain create <yournamespace>

Create a nodejs-0.6 application (you can name it anything via -a)

rhc app create -a palinode  -t nodejs-0.6

Add this github nodejs-custom-version-openshift repository

cd palinode
git remote add upstream -m master git://
git pull -s recursive -X theirs upstream master

Optionally, specify the custom version of Node.js you want to run with (Default is v0.8.9). If you want to more later version of Node (example v0.9.1), you can change to that by just writing it to the end of the NODEJS_VERSION file and committing that change.

echo "0.9.1" >> .openshift/markers/NODEJS_VERSION
git commit . -m 'use Node version 0.9.1'

Then push the repo to OpenShift

git push

That's it, you can now checkout your application at:

( See env @ http://palinode-$ )