To get access to this dialog box:
Make sure the Node.js plugin is installed and enabled.
The plugin is not bundled with IntelliJ IDEA, but it is available from the JetBrains plugin repository. Once enabled, the plugin is available at the IDE level, that is, you can use it in all your IntelliJ IDEA projects. See Installing, Updating and Uninstalling Repository Plugins and Enabling and Disabling Plugins for details.
- Download and install the NodeJS framework that contains the Node Package Manager(npm).
In this dialog box, create configurations for running and debugging of NodeJS applications locally. "Locally" in the current context means that IntelliJ IDEA itself starts the NodeJS framework installed on your computer, whereupon initiates a running or debugging session.
On this page:
|Path to Node||
In this field, specify the NodeJS installation home. Type the path to the NodeJS executable file manually,
or click the Browse button
and select the location in the dialog box, that opens.
If you have appointed one of the installations as default, the field displays the path to its executable file.
|Node parameters||In this text box, type the NodeJS-specific command line options to be passed to the NodeJS executable file. The acceptable options are:|
|Path to Node App JS file||
In this field, specify the full path to the NodeJS file to start running or debugging from.
|Application parameters||In this text box, type the NodeJS-specific arguments to be passed to the starting NodeJS application file through the process.argv array.|
In this field, specify the working directory of the application.
All references in the starting NodeJS application
file, for example, includes,
will be resolved relative to this folder, unless such references use full paths.
By default, the field shows the project root folder. To change this predefined setting, choose the desired folder from the drop-down list, or type the path manually, or click the Browse button and select the location in the dialog box, that opens.
In this field, specify the environment variables for the NodeJS executable file, if applicable.
Click the Browse button to the right
of the field and configure a list of variables
in the Environment Variables dialog box, that opens:
The definitions of variables are displayed in the Environment variables read-only field with semicolons as separators. The acceptable variables are:
|Path to coffee executable||Specify here the path to the executable file that launches the CoffeeScript transpiler.|
|CoffeeScript parameters||Specify here the parameters to be passed to CoffeeScript.|
Browser / Live Edit Tab
However, activating Live Edit in this tab lets you invoke Live Edit without creating a separate configuration, during a debugging session launched through the Node.js configuration.
Select this check box
to have a browser started automatically after a debugging session is launched. Specify the browser to use in
the drop-down list next to the check box.
|Alt+InsertAlt+InsertAlt+InsertAlt+InsertAlt+InsertAlt+InsertCtrl+N or Alt+InsertAlt+InsertAlt+InsertCommand N or Control EnterControl N or Control EnterCommand N or Control Enter||Click this button to add new configuration to the list.|
|Alt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteAlt+DeleteCommand Delete or Command BackspaceCommand DeleteCommand Delete or Command Backspace||Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.|
|Ctrl+DCtrl+DCtrl+DCtrl+DMeta+DCtrl+DCtrl+DCtrl+D, Ctrl+Shift+Down or Ctrl+Shift+UpCtrl+DCommand DCommand DCommand D||Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.|
|Edit defaults||Click this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for the newly created configurations.|
|or||Alt+UpAlt+UpAlt+UpAlt+UpAlt+Up or Ctrl+Alt+AAlt+UpAlt+UpCtrl+Alt+UpCtrl+Shift+UpControl UpControl UpControl Alt Up or Alt+DownAlt+DownAlt+DownAlt+DownAlt+Down or Ctrl+Alt+EAlt+DownAlt+DownCtrl+Alt+DownCtrl+Shift+DownControl DownControl DownControl Alt Down||Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or group of configurations (folder) up and down in the
The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order, in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.
|Use this button to create a new
If one or more run/debug configurations have the focus, then the selected run/debug configurations are automatically moved to the newly created folder. If only a category has the focus, then an empty folder is created.
Move run/debug configurations to a folder using drag-and-drop, or buttons.
|Name||In this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration. This field does not appear for the default run/debug configurations.|
|Defaults||This node in the left-hand pane of the dialog box contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select the desired configuration to change its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.|
|Temporary configurations limit||Specify here the maximum number of temporary configurations to be stored and shown in the Select Run/Debug Configuration drop-down list.|
Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.
If the directory-based project format is used, the settings for a run/debug configuration are stored in a separate xml file in the .idea\runConfigurations folder if the run/debug configuration is shared and in the .idea\workspace.xml file otherwise.
If the file-based format is used, the settings are stored in the .ipr file for shared configurations or in the .iws file for the ones that are not shared.
This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.
|Single instance only||If this check box is selected, this run/debug configuration cannot be launched more than once.
Every time a new run/debug configuration is launched, IntelliJ IDEA checks the presence of the other instances of the same run/debug configuration, and displays a confirmation dialog box. If you click OK in the confirmation dialog box, the first instance of the runner will be stopped, and the next one will take its place.
This make sense, when usage of certain resources can cause conflicts, or when launching two run/debug configurations of the same type consumes too much of the CPU and memory resources.
If this check box is not selected, it is possible to launch as many instances of the runner as required. So doing, each runner will start in its own tab of the Run tool window.
|Before launch||Specify which tasks should be carried out before starting the run/debug configuration.
The specified tasks are performed in the order that they appear in the list.
- Running and Debugging Node.js
- Creating and Editing Run/Debug Configurations