Node.js v17.0.0-v8-canary20210701eb1968b2aa documentation

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Usage and example#


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An example of a web server written with Node.js which responds with 'Hello, World!':

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First, make sure to have downloaded and installed Node.js. See Installing Node.js via package manager for further install information.

Now, create an empty project folder called projects, then navigate into it.

Linux and Mac:

$ mkdir ~/projects
$ cd ~/projects

Windows CMD:

> mkdir %USERPROFILE%\projects
> cd %USERPROFILE%\projects

Windows PowerShell:

> mkdir $env:USERPROFILE\projects
> cd $env:USERPROFILE\projects

Next, create a new source file in the projects folder and call it hello-world.js.

Open hello-world.js in any preferred text editor and paste in the following content:

const http = require('http');

const hostname = '';
const port = 3000;

const server = http.createServer((req, res) => {
  res.statusCode = 200;
  res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
  res.end('Hello, World!\n');

server.listen(port, hostname, () => {
  console.log(`Server running at http://${hostname}:${port}/`);

Save the file, go back to the terminal window, and enter the following command:

$ node hello-world.js

Output like this should appear in the terminal:

Server running at

Now, open any preferred web browser and visit

If the browser displays the string Hello, World!, that indicates the server is working.