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The Jitsu Client

Jitsu is a Command Line Interface (CLI) for interacting with the Nodejitsu platform. It's open-source and easy to use.


Jitsu is distributed using the Node Package Manager (npm). Installing jitsu with npm is as simple as a single command:

 [sudo] npm install -g jitsu

This command installs jitsu to your Node path, so that it may be run like any other global shell command.


Commands for jitsu follow this pattern:

jitsu <resource> <action> <param1> <param2> ...

For example, in jitsu apps deploy, "apps" is the resource and "deploy" is the action.

jitsu deploy (jitsu apps deploy)

jitsu deploy will attempt to deploy the application in the current directory to Nodejitsu. It deploys your application using the following steps:

  1. Creates the application (if necessary)
  2. Creates or validates the package.json
  3. Packages and creates a new snapshot
  4. Starts the application

If you had a previous deployment running, and the most recent deploy failed, your old application will contnue to run without interruption

jitsu list (jitsu apps list)

jitsu list lists your applications, as well as their respective states, subdomains, entry points and latest snapshots.

jitsu help

Jitsu is self-documenting. All commands will yield friendly messages to you if you specify incorrect parameters. Additionally, jitsu help will return useful help messages about any given resource or resource/action pair. for instance:

josh@pidgey:~$ jitsu help apps deploy
info:   Welcome to Nodejitsu
info:   It worked if it ends with Nodejitsu ok
info:   Executing command help apps deploy
help:   Deploys an application using the following steps:
help:     1. Creates the application (if necessary)
help:     2. Creates or validates the package.json
help:     3. Packages and creates a new snapshot
help:     4. Stops the application (if neccessary)
help:     5. Starts the application
help:   jitsu deploy
help:   jitsu apps deploy
info:   Nodejitsu ok

If no resource and/or action are specified, then jitsu help alone will describe what resources are available.

jitsu apps

In addition to the commands aliased to jitsu create, jitsu deploy and jitsu list, the apps resource allows you to create, destroy, stop, start and otherwise interact with your applications.

If your app is in a stopped state, you will not be charged for it, ever. To put your app in a stopped state run jitsu apps stop <appname>.

jitsu env

Jitsu allows you to set environment variables on your production environment. For example, Express, a popular node.js web framework, uses the NODE_ENV environment variable to change behavior based on whether the environment is for development or production. In the case of Express, nodejitsu has NODE_ENV set to "production" by default, but if one wanted to change this variable or add more for their application, jitsu env supplies the tools to do so.

jitsu config

jitsu config commands allow you to edit your local jitsu configuration file.

jitsu snapshots

jitsu snapshots * commands allow you to work with snapshots for your Applications on Nodejitsu. Snapshots are images of your Application's code that are deployed to the Nodejitsu Platform.

For commands that take a <name> parameter, if no parameter is supplied, jitsu will attempt to read the package.json from the current directory.

jitsu users

jitsu users * commands allow you to work with new or existing Nodejitsu user accounts. You will be prompted for additional user information as required.

jitsu install

jitsu install is a built-in tool for downloading "starter apps" to speed up development. For example, here's how to use jitsu install to download a "hello world" application:

josh@onix:/tmp$ jitsu install helloworld
info:   Welcome to Nodejitsu jesusabdullah
info:   It worked if it ends with Nodejitsu ok
info:   Executing command install helloworld
info:   Installing helloworld locally.
warn:   Downloading packages from npm, this may take a moment...
info:   helloworld installed.
help:   You can now jitsu deploy this application
prompt: Would you like to start this application locally? (yes): no
info:   Nodejitsu ok
josh@onix:/tmp$ cd helloworld
josh@onix:/tmp/helloworld$ ls
bin  node_modules  package.json

Configuring jitsu

All user-level configuration data for your local jitsu install is located in the .jitsuconf file located in your home directory. Directly modifying this file is not advised. You should be able to make all configuration changes using jitsu config.

Selected Properties of .jitsuconf

  • loglength: Change this to modify the default length of returned logs from jitsu logs.
  • loglevel: Change this to modify the logging levels displayed by jitsu. Defaults to "info".
  • colors: Change this to false to turn off jitsu's colors. Defaults to true.
  • analyze: Change this to false to disable require-analyzer for all apps. Defaults to true.
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