i need to run "node js" project on 16.4 Permanently

and use forever package for run in background in ubuntu

now I want add a startup service to ubuntu but i searched there is no result.

I've created a file called test.conf to /etc/init.d

test.conf :

start on startup
exec forever start /root/node/node_modules/.bin/www
  • You will need to use a systemd service for this. Mar 19 '17 at 18:09
  • Will you be using mysql Mar 19 '17 at 18:36
  • @George There are training in this topic? Mar 19 '17 at 19:01
  • What topic are you referring to, have you set up forever and just need a way to run it in Ubuntu service? Mar 19 '17 at 19:04
  • @George yes ... Mar 20 '17 at 5:22

In the simplest for using systemd service:

  1. Install forever:

    [sudo] npm install forever -g
  2. Write and store the script to run in preferred location.

  3. Write the Systemd service:

    Description=forever service
    ExecStart=/home/george/.npm-global/bin/forever start /root/node/node_modules/.bin/www
    ExecStop=/home/george/.npm-global/bin/forever stop /root/node/node_modules/.bin/www
    RestartSec=10                       # Restart service after 10 seconds if node service crashes
    StandardOutput=syslog               # Output to syslog
    StandardError=syslog                # Output to syslog
  4. Save the systemd service file in /etc/systemd/system as myforever.service ( or with whatever name you like ).

  5. Start the service and enable at start up.

    sudo systemctl start myforever.service
    sudo systemctl enable myforever.service
  6. Check if it's running:

    sudo systemctl status myforever.service
  7. To stop and disable it any time:

    sudo systemctl stop myforever.service
    sudo systemctl disable myforever.service


  1. This is a simplified version of a systemd service many options are available
  2. The service can also be called myforever without the .service extension, systemd will pick the right file
  3. This /home/george/.npm-global/bin/forever is where my node modules are kept, yours will be different. Find it with which forever

Additional Information:



i use "forever service-systemd " because my ubuntu is 16.04

first use : package --> forever and check this pages :

if upstart : https://github.com/zapty/forever-service

if systemd : https://www.npmjs.com/package/service-systemd

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