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Posts with mentions or reviews of PM2. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-07.
  • AI for Web Devs: Deploying Your AI App to Production
    6 projects | | 7 Feb 2024
    There are plenty of ways to accomplish this: Docker, Kubernetes, Pulumis, etc., but I don’t like to add too much complexity. So for a basic app, I like to use PM2, a Node.js process manager with great features, including the ability to run our app in the background.
  • How to get the count of your followers on
    3 projects | | 16 Nov 2023
    This project will consist of a single "index.js" file that you can deploy anywhere. I recommend using an Nginx reverse proxy and pm2 to keep the service running.
  • A Guide To Self-Hosting Web Apps On Ubuntu Servers
    4 projects | | 10 Nov 2023
    Your app should be running now. To be able to run the app in the background, I will use pm2. Stop your application using "Ctrl + C" and install pm2
  • How to run Ec2-instance constantly?
    2 projects | /r/aws | 12 Jul 2023
  • 7 Tips to Build Scalable Node.js Applications
    5 projects | | 16 May 2023
    Additionally, it provides many more features to manage and visualize the processes. More details on PM2 can be found in their official documentation.
    5 projects | | 16 May 2023
    You can create child processes that run concurrently with the application sharing the same port, which helps scale the application within the same server. Clusters can be implemented using the built-in cluster module of Node.js or a library like PM2, widely used in production applications.
  • Serving react statically with express
    6 projects | /r/node | 29 Apr 2023
    Lastly if you want to run your dev build tool and backend as a single command you could try something like pm2 ( or concurrently ( This isn't necessary but might be a nice-to-have. NPM workspaces could help you organize this with a common package.json file too. (
  • Building a Pseudo Multi-Tenant App in Strapi: Step-by-Step
    3 projects | | 22 Feb 2023
    For more documentation on pm2, you can read from here
  • Host SvelteKit apps with SSR-support via (on Hetzner Cloud)
    4 projects | | 16 Dec 2022
    "PM2 is a production process manager for Node.js applications with a built-in load balancer. It allows you to keep applications alive forever, to reload them without downtime and to facilitate common system admin tasks." (pm2)
    4 projects | | 16 Dec 2022
    See pm2 quickstart docs for more information.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing and PM2 you can also consider the following projects:

forever - A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given script runs continuously (i.e. forever)


Phusion Passenger - A fast and robust web server and application server for Ruby, Python and Node.js

supervisor - Supervisor process control system for Unix (supervisord)

naught - Zero downtime deployment for your Node.js server using builtin cluster API

node-windows - Windows support for Node.JS scripts (daemons, eventlog, UAC, etc).

God - Ruby process monitor

chokidar - Minimal and efficient cross-platform file watching library

node-clinic - Clinic.js diagnoses your Node.js performance issues