Getting Started with Express



Express is a minimal and flexible Node.js web application framework that provides a robust set of features for web and mobile applications.

To get started with an Express app, first create a workspace and choose either the Node.js type, or a Custom workspace type for a clean workspace. Open the new workspace (or an existing one) to follow the instructions below.


First we’ll install the Express project generator and generate an application stub:

npm install -g express-generator
express -f .
npm install

You might want to take a look at package.json and update the application name from the default workspace to something more fitting.


Now you have a fully configured express application already. You can run it from the terminal using:


Now if you click the Preview button in the top menu in the IDE, and choose “Preview with Web Server”, this will open the Preview window for your running app.

Creating a Run Configuration

In order to make life easier you can create a run configuration for express.

  1. Click Run -> Run Configurations -> Manage ...
  2. Click Add New Config
  3. In the run panel fill in Express as name, bin/www as the command and Node 0.10.x as the runner.
  4. You can optionally make this run configuration the default runner by clicking Set As Default. If you do so then clicking the run button will always run the app and not the currently opened file.

The finished run configuration should look something like this:

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Is there a way to mark the process as background.
I find this the continously rotating icon annoying.


You can open the console and run it there. The console is a somewhat ambiguous name for a pane in the IDE that keeps processes running even when you hide it. You can open it with Ctrl + Esc, run Express there, then hide it with Ctrl + Esc. If you’re on Windows/Linux, you can find the keybinding in the Commands pane on the far left side of the IDE.