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PM2 is a production process manager for Node.js applications with a built-in load balancer. It allows you to keep applications alive forever, to reload them without downtime and to facilitate common system admin tasks.

Starting an application in production mode is as easy as:

$ pm2 start app.js

PM2 is constantly assailed by more than 1000 tests.

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Works on Linux (stable) & MacOSx (stable) & Windows (stable).


Install PM2

$ npm install pm2 -g
# Or install the V2 release candidate 
$ npm install pm2@next -g

npm is a builtin CLI when you install Node.js - Installing Node.js with NVM

Read more about the V2 - Quantica Ultimatum

Start an application

$ pm2 start app.js

Your app is now put in background, monitored and kept alive forever.

More about Process Management

Update PM2

# Install latest pm2 version 
$ npm install pm2 -g
# Save process list, exit old PM2 & restore all processes 
$ pm2 update

PM2 updates are seamless

Main features

Commands overview

$ npm install pm2 -g            # Install PM2 
$ pm2 start app.js              # Start, Daemonize and auto-restart application 
$ pm2 start app.js -i 4         # Start 4 instances of application in cluster mode 
                                # it will load balance network queries to each app 
$ pm2 start app.js --name="api" # Start application and name it "api" 
$ pm2 start app.js --watch      # Restart application on file change 
$ pm2 start           # Start bash script 
$ pm2 start npm -- start        # Start, Daemonize and auto-restart Node application 
$ pm2 list                      # List all processes started with PM2 
$ pm2 monit                     # Display memory and cpu usage of each app 
$ pm2 show [app-name]           # Show all informations about application 
$ pm2 logs                      # Display logs of all apps 
$ pm2 logs [app-name]           # Display logs for a specific app 
$ pm2 flush
$ pm2 stop all                  # Stop all apps 
$ pm2 stop 0                    # Stop process with id 0 
$ pm2 restart all               # Restart all apps 
$ pm2 reload all                # Reload all apps in cluster mode 
$ pm2 gracefulReload all        # Graceful reload all apps in cluster mode 
$ pm2 delete all                # Kill and delete all apps 
$ pm2 delete 0                  # Delete app with id 0 
$ pm2 scale api 10              # Scale app with name api to 10 instances 
$ pm2 reset [app-name]          # Reset number of restart for [app-name] 
$ pm2 startup                   # Generate a startup script to respawn PM2 on boot 
$ pm2 save                      # Save current process list 
$ pm2 resurrect                 # Restore previously save processes 
$ pm2 update                    # Save processes, kill PM2 and restore processes 
$ pm2 generate                  # Generate a sample json configuration file 
$ pm2 deploy app.json prod setup    # Setup "prod" remote server 
$ pm2 deploy app.json prod          # Update "prod" remote server 
$ pm2 deploy app.json prod revert 2 # Revert "prod" remote server by 2 
$ pm2 module:generate [name]    # Generate sample module with name [name] 
$ pm2 install pm2-logrotate     # Install module (here a log rotation system) 
$ pm2 uninstall pm2-logrotate   # Uninstall module 
$ pm2 publish                   # Increment version, git push and npm publish 

Different ways of starting processes

$ pm2 start app.js --watch      # Restart application on file change 
$ pm2 start           # Start bash script 
$ pm2 start app.js -- -a 34     # Start app and pass option -a 34 
$ pm2 start app.json            # Start all applications declared in app.json 
$ pm2 start --interpreter python

Process management

Once apps are started you can list and manage them easily:

Process listing

Listing all running processes:

$ pm2 list

Managing your processes is straightforward:

$ pm2 stop     <app_name|id|'all'|json_conf>
$ pm2 restart  <app_name|id|'all'|json_conf>
$ pm2 delete   <app_name|id|'all'|json_conf>

To have more details on a specific process:

$ pm2 describe <id|app_name>

More about Process Management

Load balancing / 0s reload downtime

When an app is started with the -i option, the cluster mode is enabled.

Supported by all major Node.js frameworks and any Node.js applications

Framework supported

Warning: If you want to use the embedded load balancer (cluster mode), we recommend the use of node#0.12.0+ or node#0.11.16+. We do not support node#0.10.*'s cluster module anymore.

With the cluster mode, PM2 enables load balancing between multiple application to use all CPUs available in a server. Each HTTP/TCP/UDP request will be forwarded to one specific process at a time.

$ pm2 start app.js -i 0  # Enable load-balancer and cluster features 
$ pm2 reload all           # Reload all apps in 0s manner 
$ pm2 scale <app_name> <instance_number> # Increase / Decrease process number 

More informations about how PM2 make clustering easy

CPU / Memory Monitoring


Monitoring all processes launched:

$ pm2 monit

Log facilities


Displaying logs of a specified process or all processes, in real time:

pm2 logs ['all'|'PM2'|app_name|app_id] [--err|--out] [--lines <n>] [--raw] [--timestamp [format]]


$ pm2 logs
$ pm2 logs WEB-API --err
$ pm2 logs all --raw
$ pm2 logs --lines 5
$ pm2 logs --timestamp "HH:mm:ss"
$ pm2 logs WEB-API --lines 0 --timestamp "HH:mm" --out
$ pm2 logs PM2 --timestamp
$ pm2 flush          # Clear all the logs 

More about log management

Startup script generation

PM2 can generate and configure a startup script to keep PM2 and your processes alive at every server restart. Execute the startup command only as the user to be running the PM2 daemon.

$ pm2 startup
# auto-detect platform 
$ pm2 startup [platform]
# render startup-script for a specific platform, the [platform] could be one of: 
#   ubuntu|centos|redhat|gentoo|systemd|darwin|amazon 

To save a process list just do:

$ pm2 save

More about startup scripts

Module system

PM2 embeds a simple and powerful module system. Installing a module is straightforward:

$ pm2 install <module_name>

Here are some PM2 compatible modules (standalone Node.js applications managed by PM2):

pm2-logrotate auto rotate logs of PM2 and applications managed
pm2-webshell expose a fully capable terminal in browsers
pm2-auto-pull auto pull all applications managed by PM2

How to write a module

Keymetrics monitoring

Keymetrics Dashboard

If you manage your NodeJS app with PM2, Keymetrics makes it easy to monitor and manage apps across servers. Feel free to try it:

Discover the monitoring dashboard for PM2

Thanks in advance and we hope that you like PM2!

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PM2 is made available under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0 (AGPL 3.0). If you use the PM2 API contact us to get a LGPL license. Contact us.


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