Getting started with Nodejitsu on Windows by deploying a MEN framework

Disclaimer: I’m in no way affiliated with Nodejitsu or any of the frameworks that I listed below in the post. I’m just documenting my experience with them – problems (and solutions) I’ve faced while trying these new technologies on a Windows machine.

MEN – MongoDB, Express, Node.js, and if you think MEN is not mean enough, take a look at the post on Deploying to Nodejitsu from Windows machine.

Nodejitsu is a cloud platform as a service based on Node.js and serves Node.js applications on their platform. Signup is free, you don’t have to enter billing info in order to try 2 months free (yes, databases work too!), just click on the “Do not select a product now” button:
After signing up you get a confirmation mail like this:

Welcome to Nodejitsu!
Your Nodejitsu account is activated and ready to go!
username: userName
To confirm your account, install the latest jitsu:
sudo npm install jitsu -g
and then run:
jitsu users confirm userName big-h@5h
This will allow you to deploy applications with:
jitsu deploy

Setting up databases in the web admin interface is easy as you only have to literally click one button after deciding which database type and provider you want:

Hackaton starters are gaining momentum  and there are quite a few of them already like:

I decided to try out Skeleton, mainly because I liked the “just right” Goldilocks reference 🙂

So, as the site suggests, you first have to installnodemon , gulp  andmocha , then clone the github repo, npm & bower install everything and you’re done:

# Install global dependencies
npm install -g nodemon gulp mocha

# Clone the repoo (and fetch only the latest commits)
git clone --depth=1 [email protected]:dstroot/skeleton.git
cd skeleton

# Install local dependencies
npm install
bower install

# Start everything up with Gulp 
# (builds the assets and starts the app with nodemon)

Everything works for you? Great! For the rest of unlucky ones, you may got (like me) after running gulp :


    throw err;
Error: Cannot find module 'jshint-stylish'
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:338:15)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:280:25)
    at Module.require (module.js:364:17)
    at require (module.js:380:17)
    at Object.<anonymous> (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\gulpfile.js:22:21)
    at Module._compile (module.js:456:26)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:474:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:356:32)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:312:12)
    at Module.require (module.js:364:17)

I tried npm install jshint-stylish , and ran gulp again:

[gulp] Using gulpfile C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\gulpfile.js
[gulp] Starting 'clean'...
[gulp] Finished 'clean' after 11 ms
[gulp] Starting 'styles'...
[gulp] Starting 'scripts'...
[gulp] Starting 'images'...
[gulp] Finished 'images' after 2.75 ms
[gulp] Starting 'lint'...
[gulp] Finished 'lint' after 192 ms
[gulp] Starting 'watch'...
[gulp] Finished 'watch' after 151 ms
[gulp] Starting 'develop'...
[gulp] Finished 'develop' after 1.68 ms
[gulp] Live reload server listening on: 35729
[gulp] gulp-notify: [Gulp notification] Clean task complete

        throw er; // Unhandled 'error' event
Error: Incorrect OS. node-notify requires Mac OS 10.8 or higher
    at C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp-notify\node_modules\no
    at Object.module.exports.isMacOSX (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_mod
    at Notifier.notify (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp-notif
    at module.exports (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp-notify
    at Transform._flush (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp-noti
    at Transform.<anonymous> (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp
    at Transform.g (events.js:180:16)
    at Transform.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:92:17)
    at finishMaybe (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp-notify\no

    at endWritable (C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton\node_modules\gulp-notify\no

As the message says (note also on their website),  gulp notify , which uses node-notify  is not supported on Windows. The way I solved this was that I removed all of the .pipe(notify({ onLast: true, message: ‘Scripts task complete’ }))  lines from gulpfile.js, but it still wasn’t enough! Running lint job made the gulp fail, so I removed that to and woila then it all worked.

A note (though you can look this up on the official github page also) on how to setup Google login by:

  • Visit Google Cloud Console
  • Click CREATE PROJECT button
  • Enter Project Name, then click CREATE
  • Then select APIs & auth from the sidebar and click on Credentials tab
  • Click CREATE NEW CLIENT ID button
    • Application Type: Web Application
    • Authorized Javascript origins: http://localhost:3000
    • Authorized redirect URI: http://localhost:3000/auth/google/callback
  • Copy and paste Client ID and Client secret keys into config/config.js

:exclamation:Note: When you ready to deploy to production don’t forget to add your new url to Authorized Javascript origins and Authorized redirect URI, e.g. and respectively. The same goes for other providers.

Deploying to Nodejitsu is done by firstly  loging in and then executing jitsu deploy:

C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton>jitsu login
info:    Welcome to Nodejitsu hitman666
info:    jitsu v0.13.15, node v0.10.26
info:    It worked if it ends with Nodejitsu ok
info:    Executing command login
prompt: username:  (hitman666)
prompt: password:
info:    Authenticated as hitman666
info:    Nodejitsu ok

C:\Users\Nikola\Desktop\skeleton>jitsu deploy

Boom, your app is live on Nodejitsu server and it should look like this (ofc YMMV in term of link):

Written by Nikola Brežnjak