When a Node.js application encounters an error or crashes, it typically terminates, disrupting the availability of the service it provides. Forever addresses this issue by acting as a watchdog for Node.js applications, diligently monitoring their execution and taking immediate action when necessary.
One of the key features of Forever is its ability to detect when a Node.js application exits. It continuously tracks the running processes and recognizes when an application shuts down, whether due to an error, an intentional exit, or any unforeseen circumstance. As soon as it detects the termination, Forever swiftly initiates the restart process, ensuring that the application is up and running again without manual intervention.
Forever also provides a range of configuration options and settings to tailor its behavior to specific needs. For example, you can customize the number of restart attempts, specify delays between restarts, or configure logging and error handling mechanisms. These options allow fine-tuning of the restart process, ensuring it aligns with the requirements and constraints of the application or the hosting environment.
In addition to its core functionality of monitoring and restarting Node.js applications, Forever offers features for process management and control. It enables you to start, stop, and manage multiple Node.js processes within a single command. This capability is particularly useful when running multiple instances of an application or when managing complex deployments involving multiple Node.js-based services.
Furthermore, Forever integrates well with other tools and frameworks in the Node.js ecosystem, allowing for seamless integration into existing development and deployment workflows. It is compatible with popular process managers, deployment frameworks, and automation tools, making it a versatile choice for ensuring the longevity and reliability of Node.js applications.
forever Command Examples
1. Start running a file forever (as a daemon):
# forever script
2. List running “forever” processes (along with IDs and other details of “forever” processes):
# forever list
3. Stop a running “forever” process:
# forever stop [ID|pid|script]