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nodemon will emit events based on the child process.


  • restart
  • config:update
  • quit


  • start - child process has started
  • crash - child process has crashed (nodemon will not emit exit)
  • exit - child process has cleanly exited (ie. no crash)
  • restart([ array of files triggering the restart ]) - child process has restarted
  • config:update - nodemon's config has changed


  • log({ type, message (plain text log), colour (colour coded log) }) - logging from nodemon (not the child process)
  • stdout - the stdout stream from the child process
  • stderr - the stderr stream from the child process

Note that if you want to supress the normal stdout & stderr of the child, in favour of processing the stream manually using the stdout/stderr nodemon events, pass nodemon the option of stdout: false.

Using nodemon events

If nodemon is required, events can be bound and emitted on the nodemon object:

var nodemon = require('nodemon');

nodemon({ script: 'app.js' }).on('start', function () {
  console.log('nodemon started');
}).on('crash', function () {
  console.log('script crashed for some reason');

// force a restart

// force a quit

If nodemon is a spawned process, then the child (nodemon) will emit message events whereby the event argument contains the event type, and instead of emitting events, you send the command:

var app = spawnNodemon();

app.on('message', function (event) {
  if (event.type === 'start') {
    console.log('nodemon started');
  } else if (event.type === 'crash') {
    console.log('script crashed for some reason');

// force a restart

// force a quit

Note that even though the child will still emit a message event whose type is exit, it makes more sense to listen to the actual exit event on the child:

app.on('exit', function () {
  console.log('nodemon quit');