The Node.js selector allows you to easily set up Node.js applications with the cPanel graphical interface.

Some Definitions:

You should change these values to match the values required for your account and application.

  • app: is used as an example for the application root directory and application uri
  • example: is used as example for the username
  • is to illustrate the domain
  • app.js is used as example for the application startup file
  • My app will be used as the description
  • 10 or 11 are the node.js versions

Setting up the NodeJs app:

To set up a Node.js application using cPanel, follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Create the application:

1. First, you need to login to cPanel.

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2. In the SOFTWARE section of cPanel, click the Setup Node.js App icon to open the Node.js selector:

3. On the Node.js selector page, click CREATE APPLICATION to start the application setup:

4. Fill in the fields on the application setup form:

  • Node.js version: select your preferred version from the drop down list
  • Application mode: choose Development or Production from the list. Development may be chosen initially and changed to production later.
  • Application root: the file system location for application files. The entry will be appended to /home/username to form the complete path to the application files in the cPanel home directory.

Typical locations for the application root are /home/username/appname or /home/username/apps/appname. Do not put the application root inside the domain document root.

  • Application URL: the address of the application to be accessible from the Internet.

When you define routes in your application code, you must include the application URL in the route.

  • Application startup file: the initial file that will be processed when launching the application.

5. When you're happy with your settings. click on CREATE:

6. The app should start automatically if you setup everything correctly. Click on OPEN to view the test page.

Step 2 - Create the package.json file:

Follow these steps to create the package.json file:

1.from cPanel open the File Manager:

2. From the directory tree on the left, find and click on the application root folder (you should have already specified this in the steps above):

3. Find and click +File icon to create a new file:

4. In the New Filedialog box, type the filename package.json, and then click Create New File:

5. Right-click or secondary click on the package.json file in the right-hand column of File Manager and then click Edit. An edit dialog box may appear (click OK to proceed to the Editor):

6. In the Editor screen, you should have something like the example below in the package.json file (modify according to your app):

"name": "app",
"version": "1.0.0",
"description": "My App",
"main": "app.js",
"scripts": {
"test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
"author": "John Doe",
"license": "MIT"

7. Click Save Changes to save the file:

8. Click Close to close the editor.

Step 3 - Installing npm:

1. In the SOFTWARE section of cPanel, click on the Setup Node.js App icon to open the Node.js selector:

2. In the Actions column of the Web Applications list, click the pencil icon to edit the application:

3. Click Run NPM Install:

4. The NPM installation runs and displays a success indicator if you have everything setup correctly:

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