Node.js is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

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An example: Webserver

This simple web server written in Node responds with "Hello World" for every request.

var http = require('http');
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
  res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
  res.end('Hello World\n');
}).listen(1337, '');
console.log('Server running at');

To run the server, put the code into a file example.js and execute it with the node program:

% node example.js
Server running at

Here is an example of a simple TCP server which listens on port 1337 and echoes whatever you send it:

var net = require('net');

var server = net.createServer(function (socket) {
  socket.write('Echo server\r\n');

server.listen(1337, '');


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