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Devtool: [OBSOLETE] Runs Node.js Programs Through Chromium Devtools



Update: This tool is mostly obsolete as much of the philosophy has been brought into Node/DevTool core, see here for details.

If you wish to take over maintenance of this project, please ping me on twitter: @mattdesl.

Runs Node.js programs inside Chrome DevTools (using Electron).

# runs a Node.js app in DevTools
devtool src/app.js

This allows you to profile, debug and develop typical Node.js programs with some of the features of Chrome DevTools. See my blog post Debugging Node.js With Chrome DevTools for more details.

The recording below shows setting breakpoints within an HTTP server.


Note: This tool is still in early stages. So far it has only been tested on a couple of OSX machines. :)


Install globally with npm.

npm install devtool -g


Run the command to open a new DevTools window.

  devtool [entry] [opts]

  --watch, -w             enable file watching (for development)
  --quit, -q              quit application on fatal errors
  --console, -c           redirect console logs to terminal
  --index, -i             specify a different index.html file
  --poll, -p              enable polling when --watch is given
  --show, -s              show the browser window (default false)
  --headless, -h          do not open the DevTools window
  --timeout, -t           if specified, will close after X seconds
  --break                 insert a breakpoint in entry point
  --config                a path to .devtoolrc config file
  --verbose               verbose Chromium logging
  --version, -v           log versions of underlying tools
  --require, -r           require path(s) before running entry
  --browser-field, --bf   resolve using "browser" field
                --no-sm   disable source map generation
                --no-nt   use browser timers
                --no-bg   removes window,document,navigator from required files


# watch/dev a JS file, with a custom index.html
devtool src/index.js --index index.html --watch

# redirect console and pipe results to a file
devtool main.js -q -c > foo.txt

# open a REPL window

# pipe content into process.stdin
devtool writer.js <

# pass clean arg list to app.js
devtool app.js --watch -- entry

# register with babel before requiring our app
devtool -r babel-register app.js

You can specify --watch multiple times to watch different files/globs. If a custom --index is passed, it will also be watched for changes.

If -- is given, anything after it will be used as the arguments for the app's process.argv. This way you can avoid polluting your program arguments with those specific to devtool.

The --browser-field or --bf makes the require() statements respect the package.json "browser" field.

The --no-browser-globals or --no-bg flag makes required modules behave a little more like Node, in that window, navigator, document and some other browser globals will be undefined in required files. Note: the console and REPL may still show some of these globals.

Advanced Configuration

You can also specify advanced Electron/Node options in a rc configuration file, such as DevTools themes and V8 flags. See rc configuration for more details.

Further Documentation

See my blog post Debugging Node.js With Chrome DevTools for more details.

Use Cases

Debugging / Profiling

For example, we can use this to profile and debug browserify, a node program that would not typically run inside Chrome DevTools. Here we use console.profile(), a feature of Chrome.

// build.js
var browserify = require('browserify');

// Start DevTools profiling...

// Bundle some browser application
browserify('client.js').bundle(function (err, src) {
  if (err) throw err;
  // Finish DevTools profiling...

Now we can run devtool on our file:

devtool build.js

Some screenshots of the profiling and debugging experience:



Note: Performance may vary between Node and Electron, so always take the results with a grain of salt!

You can also set an initial breakpoint with the --break flag. This will insert a debugger statement (hidden behind source maps) at the start of your entry file. This way, you can add breakpoints without having to reload the program or manually add them to your source code.

# run app but break on start
devtool src/index.js --break


We can also use the DevTools Console as a basic Node REPL with some nice additional features. The require statements will be relative to your current working directory. You can run the command without any entry file, like this:



When you don't specify an entry file, you can pipe JavaScript in to execute it in the browser. For example:

browserify client.js | devtool -c

Browser APIs

You can also mix Node modules with browser APIs, such as Canvas and WebGL. See example/streetview.js and the respective script in package.json, which grabs a StreetView panorama with some Google Client APIs and writes the PNG image to process.stdout.

For this, you may want to use the --bf or --browser-field flag so that modules like nets will use Web APIs where possible.


devtool street.js --index street.html --quit --bf > street.png



Note: For the output to drain correctly, we need to close the window after the buffer has been written.

process.stdout.write(buffer, function () {

See extract-streetview for a practical implementation of this idea built on devtool.


To debug Grunt/Gulp/Mocha and other commands, you will need to pass the JavaScript file that runs them. You should also include -- to avoid any argument conflicts.

# same as "gulp watch"
devtool node_modules/gulp/bin/gulp.js -c -- watch

# same as "grunt"
devtool node_modules/grunt-cli/bin/grunt -c --

# run a mocha test
devtool node_modules/mocha/bin/_mocha -qc -- ./tests/my-spec.js 

Other Examples

See the example/ folder for more ideas, and the package.json scripts which run them.

Also see devtool-examples for more ideas.


This is built on Electron, so it includes the Console, Profile, Debugger, etc.

It also includes some additional features on top of Electron:

  • Improved error handling (more detailed syntax errors in console)
  • Improved source map support for required files
  • Makes various Node features behave as expected, like require.main, process.argv, process.stdin and timers
  • Console redirection back to terminal (optional)
  • File watching for development and quit-on-error flags for unit testing (e.g. continuous integration)
  • Handles process.exit and error codes
  • Supports "browser" field resolution (optional)
  • Can hide browser globals (like window and navigator) for better compatibility with Node.js modules (optional)
  • Supports config files for V8 flags, color themes, and other options


Since this is running in Electron and Chromium, instead of Node, you might run into some oddities and gotchas.

  • window and other browser APIs are present; this may affect modules using these globals to detect Browser/Node environments
    • The --no-browser-globals may help mitigate these issues
  • You must call window.close() to stop the process; apps will not quit on their own
  • If a native module does not work, you may need to rebuild it for the right version of Electron
  • If you want to close or exit after writing to stderr/stdout, you should do so after a callback: outStream.write(buf, callback)
  • setTimeout, setInterval and related functions are shimmed for better compatibility with Node.js timers
  • process.stdin does not work in Windows shells, see this Electron issue

Roadmap / Contributing

This project is experimental and has not been tested on a wide range of applications or Node/OS environments. If you want to help, please open an issue or submit a PR. Some outstanding areas to explore:

  • Improving syntax error handling, e.g. adding it to Sources panel
  • Exposing an API for programmatic usage
  • Exploring native addons
  • Testing against a wide range of Node.js applications and modules

You can git clone and npm install this repo to start working from source. Type npm run to list all available commands.

See Also / Comparisons


If you like this, you might also like hihat. It is very similar, but more focused on running and testing browser applications. Hihat uses browserify to bundle everything into a single source file, and uses watchify for incremental file changes.

In some ways, devtool is a spiritual successor to hihat. The architecture is cleaner and better suited for large Node/Electron applications.


Another Electron-based debugger is iron-node. iron-node includes better support for native addons and a complex graphical interface that shows your package.json and

Whereas devtool is more focused on the command-line, Unix-style piping/redirection, and Electron/Browser APIs for interesting use-cases (e.g. Google StreetView).

devtool shims various features to behave more like Node.js (like require.main and process.exit) and overrides the internal require mechanism for source maps, improved error handling and "browser" field resolution.


You may also like node-inspector, which uses remote debugging instead of building on top of Electron.

This means your code will run in a true Node environment, without any window or other Browser/Electron APIs that may pollute scope and cause problems with certain modules. It has stronger support for large Node.js applications (i.e. native addons) and more control over the DevTools instance (i.e. can inject breakpoints and support Network requests).

However, since it re-implements much of the debugging experience, it may feel clunky and fragile compared to developing inside the latest Chrome DevTools (e.g. console.profile() does not exist).

Whereas devtool aims to make the experience feel more familiar to those coming from Chrome DevTools, and also promotes other features like Browser/Electron APIs.

Author: Jam3
Source Code: 
License: MIT license

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Devtool: [OBSOLETE] Runs Node.js Programs Through Chromium Devtools

NBB: Ad-hoc CLJS Scripting on Node.js


Not babashka. Node.js babashka!?

Ad-hoc CLJS scripting on Node.js.


Experimental. Please report issues here.

Goals and features

Nbb's main goal is to make it easy to get started with ad hoc CLJS scripting on Node.js.

Additional goals and features are:

  • Fast startup without relying on a custom version of Node.js.
  • Small artifact (current size is around 1.2MB).
  • First class macros.
  • Support building small TUI apps using Reagent.
  • Complement babashka with libraries from the Node.js ecosystem.


Nbb requires Node.js v12 or newer.

How does this tool work?

CLJS code is evaluated through SCI, the same interpreter that powers babashka. Because SCI works with advanced compilation, the bundle size, especially when combined with other dependencies, is smaller than what you get with self-hosted CLJS. That makes startup faster. The trade-off is that execution is less performant and that only a subset of CLJS is available (e.g. no deftype, yet).


Install nbb from NPM:

$ npm install nbb -g

Omit -g for a local install.

Try out an expression:

$ nbb -e '(+ 1 2 3)'

And then install some other NPM libraries to use in the script. E.g.:

$ npm install csv-parse shelljs zx

Create a script which uses the NPM libraries:

(ns script
  (:require ["csv-parse/lib/sync$default" :as csv-parse]
            ["fs" :as fs]
            ["path" :as path]
            ["shelljs$default" :as sh]
            ["term-size$default" :as term-size]
            ["zx$default" :as zx]
            ["zx$fs" :as zxfs]
            [nbb.core :refer [*file*]]))

(prn (path/resolve "."))

(prn (term-size))

(println (count (str (fs/readFileSync *file*))))

(prn (sh/ls "."))

(prn (csv-parse "foo,bar"))

(prn (zxfs/existsSync *file*))

(zx/$ #js ["ls"])

Call the script:

$ nbb script.cljs
#js {:columns 216, :rows 47}
#js ["node_modules" "package-lock.json" "package.json" "script.cljs"]
#js [#js ["foo" "bar"]]
$ ls


Nbb has first class support for macros: you can define them right inside your .cljs file, like you are used to from JVM Clojure. Consider the plet macro to make working with promises more palatable:

(defmacro plet
  [bindings & body]
  (let [binding-pairs (reverse (partition 2 bindings))
        body (cons 'do body)]
    (reduce (fn [body [sym expr]]
              (let [expr (list '.resolve 'js/Promise expr)]
                (list '.then expr (list 'clojure.core/fn (vector sym)

Using this macro we can look async code more like sync code. Consider this puppeteer example:

(-> (.launch puppeteer)
      (.then (fn [browser]
               (-> (.newPage browser)
                   (.then (fn [page]
                            (-> (.goto page "")
                                (.then #(.screenshot page #js{:path "screenshot.png"}))
                                (.catch #(js/console.log %))
                                (.then #(.close browser)))))))))

Using plet this becomes:

(plet [browser (.launch puppeteer)
       page (.newPage browser)
       _ (.goto page "")
       _ (-> (.screenshot page #js{:path "screenshot.png"})
             (.catch #(js/console.log %)))]
      (.close browser))

See the puppeteer example for the full code.

Since v0.0.36, nbb includes promesa which is a library to deal with promises. The above plet macro is similar to promesa.core/let.

Startup time

$ time nbb -e '(+ 1 2 3)'
nbb -e '(+ 1 2 3)'   0.17s  user 0.02s system 109% cpu 0.168 total

The baseline startup time for a script is about 170ms seconds on my laptop. When invoked via npx this adds another 300ms or so, so for faster startup, either use a globally installed nbb or use $(npm bin)/nbb script.cljs to bypass npx.


NPM dependencies

Nbb does not depend on any NPM dependencies. All NPM libraries loaded by a script are resolved relative to that script. When using the Reagent module, React is resolved in the same way as any other NPM library.


To load .cljs files from local paths or dependencies, you can use the --classpath argument. The current dir is added to the classpath automatically. So if there is a file foo/bar.cljs relative to your current dir, then you can load it via (:require [ :as fb]). Note that nbb uses the same naming conventions for namespaces and directories as other Clojure tools: foo-bar in the namespace name becomes foo_bar in the directory name.

To load dependencies from the Clojure ecosystem, you can use the Clojure CLI or babashka to download them and produce a classpath:

$ classpath="$(clojure -A:nbb -Spath -Sdeps '{:aliases {:nbb {:replace-deps {com.github.seancorfield/honeysql {:git/tag "v2.0.0-rc5" :git/sha "01c3a55"}}}}}')"

and then feed it to the --classpath argument:

$ nbb --classpath "$classpath" -e "(require '[honey.sql :as sql]) (sql/format {:select :foo :from :bar :where [:= :baz 2]})"
["SELECT foo FROM bar WHERE baz = ?" 2]

Currently nbb only reads from directories, not jar files, so you are encouraged to use git libs. Support for .jar files will be added later.

Current file

The name of the file that is currently being executed is available via nbb.core/*file* or on the metadata of vars:

(ns foo
  (:require [nbb.core :refer [*file*]]))

(prn *file*) ;; "/private/tmp/foo.cljs"

(defn f [])
(prn (:file (meta #'f))) ;; "/private/tmp/foo.cljs"


Nbb includes reagent.core which will be lazily loaded when required. You can use this together with ink to create a TUI application:

$ npm install ink


(ns ink-demo
  (:require ["ink" :refer [render Text]]
            [reagent.core :as r]))

(defonce state (r/atom 0))

(doseq [n (range 1 11)]
  (js/setTimeout #(swap! state inc) (* n 500)))

(defn hello []
  [:> Text {:color "green"} "Hello, world! " @state])

(render (r/as-element [hello]))


Working with callbacks and promises can become tedious. Since nbb v0.0.36 the promesa.core namespace is included with the let and do! macros. An example:

(ns prom
  (:require [promesa.core :as p]))

(defn sleep [ms]
   (fn [resolve _]
     (js/setTimeout resolve ms))))

(defn do-stuff
   (println "Doing stuff which takes a while")
   (sleep 1000)

(p/let [a (do-stuff)
        b (inc a)
        c (do-stuff)
        d (+ b c)]
  (prn d))
$ nbb prom.cljs
Doing stuff which takes a while
Doing stuff which takes a while

Also see API docs.


Since nbb v0.0.75 applied-science/js-interop is available:

(ns example
  (:require [applied-science.js-interop :as j]))

(def o (j/lit {:a 1 :b 2 :c {:d 1}}))

(prn (j/select-keys o [:a :b])) ;; #js {:a 1, :b 2}
(prn (j/get-in o [:c :d])) ;; 1

Most of this library is supported in nbb, except the following:

  • destructuring using :syms
  • property access using .-x notation. In nbb, you must use keywords.

See the example of what is currently supported.


See the examples directory for small examples.

Also check out these projects built with nbb:


See API documentation.

Migrating to shadow-cljs

See this gist on how to convert an nbb script or project to shadow-cljs.



  • babashka >= 0.4.0
  • Clojure CLI >=
  • Node.js 16.5.0 (lower version may work, but this is the one I used to build)

To build:

  • Clone and cd into this repo
  • bb release

Run bb tasks for more project-related tasks.

Download Details:
Author: borkdude
Download Link: Download The Source Code
Official Website: 
License: EPL-1.0

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Why use Node.js for Web Development? Benefits and Examples of Apps

Front-end web development has been overwhelmed by JavaScript highlights for quite a long time. Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, and most of all online pages use JS for customer side activities. As of late, it additionally made a shift to cross-platform mobile development as a main technology in React Native, Nativescript, Apache Cordova, and other crossover devices. 

Throughout the most recent couple of years, Node.js moved to backend development as well. Designers need to utilize a similar tech stack for the whole web project without learning another language for server-side development. Node.js is a device that adjusts JS usefulness and syntax to the backend. 

What is Node.js? 

Node.js isn’t a language, or library, or system. It’s a runtime situation: commonly JavaScript needs a program to work, however Node.js makes appropriate settings for JS to run outside of the program. It’s based on a JavaScript V8 motor that can run in Chrome, different programs, or independently. 

The extent of V8 is to change JS program situated code into machine code — so JS turns into a broadly useful language and can be perceived by servers. This is one of the advantages of utilizing Node.js in web application development: it expands the usefulness of JavaScript, permitting designers to coordinate the language with APIs, different languages, and outside libraries.

What Are the Advantages of Node.js Web Application Development? 

Of late, organizations have been effectively changing from their backend tech stacks to Node.js. LinkedIn picked Node.js over Ruby on Rails since it took care of expanding responsibility better and decreased the quantity of servers by multiple times. PayPal and Netflix did something comparative, just they had a goal to change their design to microservices. We should investigate the motivations to pick Node.JS for web application development and when we are planning to hire node js developers. 

Amazing Tech Stack for Web Development 

The principal thing that makes Node.js a go-to environment for web development is its JavaScript legacy. It’s the most well known language right now with a great many free devices and a functioning local area. Node.js, because of its association with JS, immediately rose in ubiquity — presently it has in excess of 368 million downloads and a great many free tools in the bundle module. 

Alongside prevalence, Node.js additionally acquired the fundamental JS benefits: 

  • quick execution and information preparing; 
  • exceptionally reusable code; 
  • the code is not difficult to learn, compose, read, and keep up; 
  • tremendous asset library, a huge number of free aides, and a functioning local area. 

In addition, it’s a piece of a well known MEAN tech stack (the blend of MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, and Node.js — four tools that handle all vital parts of web application development). 

Designers Can Utilize JavaScript for the Whole Undertaking 

This is perhaps the most clear advantage of Node.js web application development. JavaScript is an unquestionable requirement for web development. Regardless of whether you construct a multi-page or single-page application, you need to know JS well. On the off chance that you are now OK with JavaScript, learning Node.js won’t be an issue. Grammar, fundamental usefulness, primary standards — every one of these things are comparable. 

In the event that you have JS designers in your group, it will be simpler for them to learn JS-based Node than a totally new dialect. What’s more, the front-end and back-end codebase will be basically the same, simple to peruse, and keep up — in light of the fact that they are both JS-based. 

A Quick Environment for Microservice Development 

There’s another motivation behind why Node.js got famous so rapidly. The environment suits well the idea of microservice development (spilling stone monument usefulness into handfuls or many more modest administrations). 

Microservices need to speak with one another rapidly — and Node.js is probably the quickest device in information handling. Among the fundamental Node.js benefits for programming development are its non-obstructing algorithms.

Node.js measures a few demands all at once without trusting that the first will be concluded. Many microservices can send messages to one another, and they will be gotten and addressed all the while. 

Versatile Web Application Development 

Node.js was worked in view of adaptability — its name really says it. The environment permits numerous hubs to run all the while and speak with one another. Here’s the reason Node.js adaptability is better than other web backend development arrangements. 

Node.js has a module that is liable for load adjusting for each running CPU center. This is one of numerous Node.js module benefits: you can run various hubs all at once, and the environment will naturally adjust the responsibility. 

Node.js permits even apportioning: you can part your application into various situations. You show various forms of the application to different clients, in light of their age, interests, area, language, and so on. This builds personalization and diminishes responsibility. Hub accomplishes this with kid measures — tasks that rapidly speak with one another and share a similar root. 

What’s more, Node’s non-hindering solicitation handling framework adds to fast, letting applications measure a great many solicitations. 

Control Stream Highlights

Numerous designers consider nonconcurrent to be one of the two impediments and benefits of Node.js web application development. In Node, at whatever point the capacity is executed, the code consequently sends a callback. As the quantity of capacities develops, so does the number of callbacks — and you end up in a circumstance known as the callback damnation. 

In any case, Node.js offers an exit plan. You can utilize systems that will plan capacities and sort through callbacks. Systems will associate comparable capacities consequently — so you can track down an essential component via search or in an envelope. At that point, there’s no compelling reason to look through callbacks.


Final Words

So, these are some of the top benefits of Nodejs in web application development. This is how Nodejs is contributing a lot to the field of web application development. 

I hope now you are totally aware of the whole process of how Nodejs is really important for your web project. If you are looking to hire a node js development company in India then I would suggest that you take a little consultancy too whenever you call. 

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Let’s take a glance at top NodeJS application development companies to hire developers in 2021 for developing a mind-blowing application solution.

Before enlisting companies, I would like to say that every company has a foundation on which they thrive. Their end goals, qualities, and excellence define their competence. Thus, I prepared this list by considering a number of aspects. While making this list, I have considered the following aspects:

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  • Enlisted by software peer & forums
  • Hourly price
  • Offered services
  • Year of experience (Average 8+ years)
  • Credibility & Excellence
  • Served clients and more

I believe this list will help you out in choosing the best NodeJS service provider company. So, now let’s explore the top NodeJS developer companies to choose from in 2021.

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