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Node Plugin

The Node Plugin contains schematics and builders to manage Node applications within an Nx workspace.

Installing the Node Plugin

Installing the Node plugin to a workspace can be done with the following:

#yarn
yarn add -D @nrwl/node
#npm
npm install -D @nrwl/node

Applications

Generating new applications can be done with the following:

nx generate @nrwl/node:application <node-app>

This creates the following app structure:

my-org/
├── apps/
    └── node-app/
        ├── jest.config.js
        ├── src/
        │   ├── app/
        │   ├── assets/
        │   ├── environments/
        │   │   ├── environment.prod.ts
        │   │   └── environment.ts
        │   └── main.ts
        ├── tsconfig.app.json
        ├── tsconfig.json
        ├── tsconfig.spec.json
        └── tslint.json

From here files can be added within the app folder. Make sure to import any files within the main.ts file so that they can be executed when the application is ran.

Application Proxies

Generating Node applications has an option to configure other projects in the workspace to proxy API requests. This can be done by passing the --frontendProject with the project name you wish to enable proxy support for.

nx generate @nrwl/node:application <node-app> --frontendProject my-react-app

Application commands

When a Node application is added to the workspace.json (or angular.json), the following architect commands are available for execution:

build

nx build <node-app>

The build command will compile the application using Webpack. It supports a production configuration by building with the following command:

nx build <node-app> --configuration=production

Additional configurations can be added in the workspace.json. Changing the --configuration flag with the new configuration name will run that config.

serve

nx serve <node-app>

The serve command runs the build target, and executes the application.

By default, the serve command will run in watch mode. This allows code to be changed, and the Node application to be rebuilt automatically. Node applications also have the inspect flag set, so you can attach your debugger to the running instance.

Debugging

Debugging is set to use a random port that is available on the system. The port can be changed by setting the port option in the serve architect in the workspace.json. Or by running the serve command with --port <number>.

For additional information on how to debug Node applications, see the Node.js debugging getting started guide.

lint

The lint command will run linting within the scope of the Node app.

nx lint <node-app>

test

Test will execute Jest tests within the scope of the Node app.

nx test <node-app>

Libraries

Node libraries are a good way to separate features within your organization. To create a Node library run the following command:

nx generate @nrwl/node:library <node-lib>

Buildable libraries

Libraries can also be enabled to be built separately from apps. To create a buildable library, add the --buildable flag to the generate command above.

nx generate @nrwl/node:library <node-lib> --buildable

Library commands

When a Node library is added to the workspace.json (or angular.json), the following architect commands are available for execution:

lint

The lint command will run linting within the scope of the Node library.

nx lint <node-lib>

test

Test will execute Jest tests within the scope of the Node library.

nx test <node-lib>

build

The build command will only be available if the library was generated with the --buildable flag.

Buildable Node libraries use TypeScript to compile the source. The tsconfig files that are generated with the library allow customization of the compiled output.

nx build <node-lib>