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Node.js on OpenShift

This package includes a dynamic Node.js build stage that will provide your application with a customized Node.js runtime. The version of Node that is available will depend on the requirements listed in your application's package.json file.

See: .openshift/action_hooks/ for more informaiton on how the OpenShift build process works.

Basic Setup

If this is your first time using OpenShift Online or Node.js, you'll have some quick prep-work to do:

  1. Create an OpenShift Online account
  2. If you don't already have the rhc (Red Hat Cloud) command-line tools, run: sudo gem install rhc
  3. Run rhc setup to link your OpenShift Online account with your local development environment, and to select an application namespace
  4. Download and install Node.js for use in your local development environment:

If you need any additional help getting started, these links may come in handy:

Host your Node.js applications on OpenShift

Create a Node.js application. This example will produce an application named nodeapp:

rhc app create nodeapp nodejs --from-code=git://

The above example will output a folder named after your application which contains your local development source. Make sure to run it from within a directory where you would like to store your development code.

That's it! You should be able to access your application at:


If your app requires a specific version of Node.js, just update the 'engines' section of your app's package.json file to specify your runtime requirements:

"engines": {
    "node": ">= 0.12.0"

Commit your changes locally:

git add package.json
git commit -m 'updating package.json to select Node.js version 0.10.38'

Then push your updates to OpenShift

git push

Additional updates can be made via the same git add, git commit, and git push workflow.