Advanced debugging for Node.js apps in Bluemix

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While developing your applications on Bluemix, do you ever need the ability to debug with more than just logs? Have you wanted to use utilities like node-inspector, or simply shell into your Bluemix container? Good news, you can! Bluemix’s App Management includes four utilities for Node.js applications:

  • devconsole (development console)
  • shell (tty.js)
  • inspector (node-inspector)
  • hc (Health Center)

In this video, I demonstrate how to use App Management for Node.js applications on Bluemix:

As noted in the video, App Management is a set of development and management utilities that are enabled via environment variables for your Node.js application on Bluemix. Some quick reminders:

  • By default, the App Management utilities are installed with your application. To enable App Management utilities, set the BLUEMIX_APP_MGMT_ENABLE environment variable and restart your application.
    cf set-env <em>myapp</em> BLUEMIX_APP_MGMT_ENABLE devconsole

    You can set any of the following tools: devconsole, shell, inspector, trace, proxy and hc. Enable multiple utilities by separating utilities with a “+”. For example: BLUEMIX_APP_MGMT_ENABLE = devconsole+shell+inspector
  • Don’t forget! Run cf restage myapp after setting the BLUEMIX_APP_MGMT_ENABLE environment variable
  • To access the Application Management console, enter
  • If you do not want the App Management utilities to be installed with your application, set the BLUEMIX_APP_MGMT_INSTALL environment variable to ‘false’ and restage your application.
    cf se <em>myapp</em> BLUEMIX_APP_MGMT_INSTALL false
    cf restage <em>myapp</em>

See the documentation on App Management for a full list of utilities and more information.

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