Node js with Express js

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by Abdul Rawoof A R dot icon Updated: Jan 30, 2024

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An Express is a node.js web application framework that offers broad features for building web and mobile applications.

It is used to build single-page, multipage, and hybrid web applications. It's a layer built on top of Node.js that helps us to manage servers and routes. 

Express JS is a Node. Node JS is a quick JavaScript runtime environment that builds server-side applications, but it needs to learn how to perform serving files, handling requests, and handling HTTP methods, so this is where express js comes in. We cannot use Express without NodeJS by definition, so you must deploy your backend somewhere else if you want to use it, and we suggest looking at Firebase: we could write our backend using HTTP cloud functions in Express without paying anything until a reasonable amount of traffic after that, is cheap. We don't need Express to create a basic HTTP server with Node.js. We can use the built-in http module: const http = require("http"); const server = http.


Here is an example of how to run Node.js with Express.js: 

Fig: Preview of the output that you will get on running this code from your IDE.



Follow the steps carefully to get the output easily.

  1. Install Visual Studio Code on your computer.
  2. Install - npm init --yes(to install json package file).
  3. Install - npm install --save express.
  4. Create a new JS file.
  5. Copy the snippet using the 'Copy' button and paste it into that JS file.
  6. Save the file and open the terminal, using 'node filename(node.js) to get the output.
  7. Then your output will display on the respective port address(port: 8080).

I hope you found this helpful.

I found this code snippet by searching for 'nodejs run with express' in kandi. You can try any such use case!

Environment Tested

I tested this solution in the following versions. Be mindful of changes when working with other versions.

  1. The solution is created and tested in Visual Studio Code 1.74.1.
  2. ExpressJS version - 1.0.0.

Using this solution, we are able to run node.js with express.js with simple steps. This process also facilities an easy way to use, hassle-free method to create a hands-on working version of code which would help us to run node.js with express.js.


1. What is Express.js, and why is it used with Node.js?

Express.js is a web application framework for Node.js, designed to simplify the process of the web. It provides features for routing, middleware, templating, and more. It makes it easier to develop robust web applications with Node.js.

2. What are the key features of Express.js?

Express.js offers various features, including:

  • Middleware: For processing requests before they reach route handlers.
  • Routing: Allows defining routes for handling different HTTP requests (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc.).
  • Templating: Supports various template engines like EJS, Handlebars, and Pugs, and generates dynamic HTML content.
  • Error Handling: Provides built-in error handling middleware to manage errors during request processing.

3. How do I handle routing in Express.js?

Express.js provides a simple and intuitive way to handle routing. It can define routes for different HTTP methods (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc.). It uses the corresponding methods (get()post()put()and delete() on the application object.

4. Can I use middleware with Express.js?

Yes, Express.js supports middleware, these functions have access to the request object. The response object (res), and the next middleware function in the application's request-response. Middleware functions can perform tasks such as logging, authentication, parsing request bodies, etc.

5. Can I serve static files with Express.js?

Yes, Express.js allows you to serve static files such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and images. It uses the built-in express static () middleware. It can specify the directory containing the static files and then access them.


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