And even if you have no Node.js on your computer, you can install it when creating a new Node.js application in the Create New Project dialog, see Creating a new Node.js application below.
If you want to switch among several Node.js installations, you need to configure Node.js as a local interpreter.
To run a Node.js application remotely, configure it as a remote interpreter. See Node.js with Docker, Node.js via SFTP, Node.js via SSH, and Node.js with Vagrant for details.
Configuring a local Node.js interpreter
On the Node.js and NPM page, that opens, click next to the Node Interpreter list.
In the Node.js Interpreters dialog that opens with a list of all the currently configured interpreters, click on the toolbar. In the dialog that opens, choose Add Local from the context menu and choose the local installation of Node.js, then click OK. You return to the Node.js Interpreters dialog where the Node interpreter read-only field shows the path to the chosen interpreter.
In the Package manager field, choose the package manager (npm or Yarn) to use in the current project, see Configuring a package manager for a project for details.
When you click OK, you return to the Node.js and NPM page where the Node interpreter field shows the new interpreter.
Using a system Node.js version
With AppCode, you can set the default system node alias as your project’s Node.js version. This means that if you install a new node version and make it the default in your system, all the tools and run configurations in AppCode where this system alias is specified in the Node.js interpreter field will use this newer version.
Using Node.js on Windows Subsystem for Linux
AppCode lets you run and debug Node.js applications using Node.js on Windows Subsystem for Linux. You can choose Node.js on WSL as the default interpreter for the current project or you can configure and use this node version in a Node.js Run/Debug configuration.
To configure Node.js on WSL as the default project node interpreter
Click next to the Node Interpreter field, in the Node.js Interpreters dialog that opens, click , and then select Add WSL from the list.
In the Add WSL Node Interpreter dialog that opens, select the Linux distribution you’re using and specify the path to Node.js.
Creating a Node.js application
If you have no application yet, you can generate a AppCode project with Node.js-specific structure from a template or create an empty AppCode project and configure Node.js in it as described in Starting with an existing Node.js application below.
To create a new Node.js application
In the left-hand pane, choose Node.js to create a basic Node.js application or Node.js Express App to create an Express application.
If you have only one Node.js on your machine and you followed the standard installation procedure, AppCode detects your Node.js automatically. Otherwise, choose the relevant interpreter from the list, see Configuring a local Node.js interpreter above.
If you have no Node.js installed, select Download Node.js.
For Node.js Express app, specify the version of express-generator and select the template language and the Style Sheet language to use.
When you click Create, AppCode downloads the necessary dependencies and enables code completion for them as well as for the Node.js core APIs, see Configuring node_modules library and Configuring Node.js Core library for details.
For Node.js Express, AppCode creates a run/debug configuration of the type Node.js with default settings and generates a basic Node.js Express - specific directory structure.
For Node.js, AppCode just runs the
npm initcommand to generate a package.json file.
To create an empty AppCode project
Starting with an existing Node.js application
If you are going to continue developing an existing Node.js application, open it in AppCode, configure Node.js in it, and download the required dependencies.
To open the application sources that are already on your machine
To check out the application sources from your version control
Click Check out from Version Control on the Welcome screen or select from the main menu.
Select your version control system from the list.
In the VCS-specific dialog that opens, type your credentials and the repository to check out the application sources from.
To download the project dependencies, do one of the following:
To configure Node.js in a project
In the Node Interpreter field, specify the default Node.js interpreter for the current project. AppCode will automatically use it every time you select the
Projectalias from Node Interpreter lists when creating run/debug configurations or configuring Node.js-dependent tools, for example, Prettier or Yeoman.
Choose the interpreter from the list or from the dialog that opens when you click . If you choose node, the system Node.js version is used.