Spawn a process and restart it if it crashes

npm install respawn
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Spawn a process and restart it if it crashes.

npm install respawn

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It is easy to use

var respawn = require('respawn');

var monitor = respawn(['node', 'server.js'], {
    env: {ENV_VAR:'test'}, // set env vars
    cwd: '.',              // set cwd
    maxRestarts:10,        // how many restarts are allowed within 60s
                           // or -1 for infinite restarts
    sleep:1000,            // time to sleep between restarts,
    stdio: [...]           // forward stdio options

monitor.start(); // spawn and watch

Optionally you can specify the command to to spawn in the option map as command: [...]


  • monitor.start() Starts the monitor

  • monitor.stop(cb) Stops the monitor (kills the process if its running with SIGTERM)

  • monitor.status Get the current monitor status. Available values are running, stopping, stopped and sleeping


  • monitor.on('start') The monitor has started

  • monitor.on('stop') The monitor has fully stopped and the process is killed

  • monitor.on('sleep') monitor is sleeping

  • monitor.on('spawn', process) New child process has been spawned

  • monitor.on('exit', code, signal) child process has exited

  • monitor.on('stdout', data) child process stdout has emitted data

  • monitor.on('stderr', data) child process stderr has emitted data

  • monitor.on('warn', err) child process has emitted an error

Graceful restart

To do graceful restart simply have your app stop gracefully when receiving SIGTERM and do

// graceful restart (do not wait for old process to die)

// hard restart (wait for old process to die)
monitor.stop(function() {



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