How to Run a Node.js Application on Windows

In Brief...

Node.js makes it possible for you to run JavaScript programs outside of a web browser or on a server. To run a Node.js application on Windows, follow these three steps.


  1. Locate Command Prompt by entering cmd into the search bar. Click cmd in the search results to open the Command Prompt.
    Opening the Command Prompt
  2. Enter the following command, then press Enter to create a file named test-node.js containing a simple application that will print out the result 1 + 1.
    echo console.log(1+1); >> test-node.js
  3. Type node followed by the name of the application, which is test-node.js in this case, and then press Enter.
    node test-node.js
    The result of running the application will be printed out to the command prompt.
    Result of Running the Application

Author: Chris Minnick

Chris is a prolific author and trainer, and the CEO of WatzThis?. His published books include Writing Computer Code, JavaScript for Kids, Coding with JavaScript For Dummies, Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 For Dummies, Webkit For Dummies, CIW eCommerce Certification Bible, and New Riders' XHTML.