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Jitsu is a Command Line Tool (CLI) for managing and deploying Node.js applications. It's open-source and easy to use. We've designed jitsu to be suitable for command line beginners, but still be powerful and extensible enough for production usage. Jitsu's commands are available as user interface in webops. Jitsu day to day use:

Install and first time use

Before using Jitsu a quick and easy installation is required. If required you can signup after. npm is required for installing the jitsu package.

[sudo] npm install jitsu -g

If you prefer using git repositories over the package you can also install jitsu by cloning the repository and linking with npm after. This would also allow you to contribute to jitsu more easily.

git clone
[sudo] npm link

Sign up

Most of you will sign up to Nodejitsu by using our web interface or by using the signup form. If you prefer signing up on the command line however, execute:

jitsu signup

Choose your preferred username and provide a password. If your username is already taken you will be provided with adequate feedback. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address.


Before accessing our API through jitsu a login is required. You will be prompted to provide you username and password. Your password will be hidden, e.g. if you type you'll not see any characters. Don't worry it is working as intended. After your logged in every command you execute with jitsu is against your account.

jitsu login

After providing the correct credentials you should see

info:    Authenticated as [username]
info:    Nodejitsu ok


If you would like to switch between users or make sure you logged out, for instance when you're on a public device, simply execute

jitsu logout


We reduced the hurdle of the first step by preparing some demo applications. To try one make sure you are in a writable directory, e.g. your home folder. See below for an example of installing the helloworld demo server. If you would like to choose another demo, simply type jitsu install

jitsu install helloworld

If you receive an EACCES error the current directory is not writable for jitsu. If all goes well, you will be prompted to start the application, by default the server will be listening to port 8080. To check the results visit http://localhost:8080/. If you get an EADDRINUSE error the port 8080 is already in use. Close the other application before starting the helloworld demo.

This application is running locally, see deploying under additional commands to get it running on our cloud.

Additional commands

Jitsu is a very powerful tool with numerous additional tools. See more documentation about:

Useful commands for business plans

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