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Debug a Node.js app from a Vagrant VM

Publié le 06 mars 2015 par Lb01

This is just a quick reminder to myself, and can maybe be usefull to others.


Install node-inspector :

npm install -g node-inspector 

Start your app in debug mode :

node --debug app.js 

Open a second SSH session on your Vagrant box.

Start the debugger :


You can now access the debugger here : http://YOUR-VAGRANT-VM-IP:8080/debug?port=5858

If your Node app already use the 8080 port, you can start the debugger with a custom one :

node-inspector --web-port 8081 

With a login script

You can create a login script that will be executed every time you connect to the Vagrant box with your user.

This script will use tmux to create multiple consoles (windows) on the same shell. This way you can have your app, grunt and node-inspector running on the same shell.

Here is the script I'm using on some projects (change the variables at the beggining).

Don't forget to install tmux too ( apt-get install tmux) !

#!/bin/bash # IMPORTANT! Do not forget to change these values! appDir="/vagrant" appStartScript="app.js" nvmShPath="/home/vagrant/nvm/" nodeDebugPort="5858" nodeInspectPort="8080" # Source NVM source "$nvmShPath" session="dev" window="devWindow" attachSession=$(tmux attach-session -t "$session") if (tmux has-session -t "$session" 2> /dev/null); then echo "Session $session exists." else echo "No tmux session found, create one." # First pane, cd in app dir tmux new-session -d -s "$session" -n "$window" "bash" tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "cd \"$appDir\"" Enter tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "node --debug=$nodeDebugPort \"$appStartScript\"" Enter # Second pane, grunt tmux split-window -t "$window" -h "bash" tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "cd \"$appDir\"" Enter tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "grunt build" Enter tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "grunt watch" Enter # Third pane, the app tmux split-window -t "$window" "bash" tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "cd \"$appDir\"" Enter tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "node-inspector --debug-port $nodeDebugPort --web-port $nodeInspectPort" Enter # Select first pane tmux select-pane -t "$session" -L # Fourth pane ? #tmux select-pane -t "$session" -L #tmux split-window -t "$window" "bash" #tmux send-keys -t "$session":"$window" "echo fourth" Enter tmux attach-session -t "$session" fi tmux attach-session -t "$session" 

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