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Running Node.js alongside Apache

Reverse proxy

Running node alongside Apache takes little effort, all it requires is a reverse proxy , which is way less of an effort to set up in Apache than it is in IIS and a way to run your node process as a service.




 To set up a reverse proxy in apache simply add the code in the following gist to the end of your httpd.conf ( located at /etc/apache2 on OSX ) just before the line: Include /private/etc/apache2/other/*.conf .

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This will re-route any traffic from yourserver/node to yourserver:8080. Of corse line 14 (ProxyPass /node http://localhost:8080) can be edited according to your liking , but this is just an example.

Thats it when it comes to the reverse proxy , all you have to do is restart apache and all requests to yourserver/node will now go to the node process running at yourserver:8080.

Forever

Now that we have Apache rerouting the traffic to the right spot , we should set up the node server as a daemon so that it's always up , there are many ways to do this but one of the easiest is using nodejutsu's forever .

To set up your node server as a daemon using forever , just run the following command:

forever start server.js

There you have it , if all goes well you will now have your node.js server running alongside apache.





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