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Setup NodeJS with babel for production

In this blog I will teach you how you can set up nodejs with babel for production

The features that this project will have.

  • Absolute import path
  • Older nodeJs version compatibility
  • Automatic restart of the server after any changes in the development environment.

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Alright. Enough Talk. Let's get started.

First, I will create a folder called nodejs-setup. Then inside the folder, I will initialize the package.json

mkdir nodejs-setup
cd nodejs-setup
yarn init -y

Now we need to install some packages. Let's install our only dependency.

yarn add express

Let's install some dev dependency.

yarn add --dev @babel/cli @babel/core @babel/node @babel/preset-env babel-plugin-module-resolver nodemon

Let's explore the devDependencies:

  • @babel/core: Babel is a transcompiler that compiles js code based on the given configuration. The babel does not do anything. Plugins do.
  • babel-plugin-module-resolver: This plugin allows us to write an absolute path instead of a relative path. Let's see a demo.
// Use Absolute path:
import MyUtilFn from 'utils/MyUtilFn'
// Instead of Relative path:
import MyUtilFn from '../../../../utils/MyUtilFn'
  • @babel/preset-env: Preset is a combination of a bunch of plugins. This preset will allow us to use next-generation javascript code. Then it will be compiled down to browser and nodejs compatible code. It also adds many features.

  • nodemon: nodemon is a tool to restart the server automatically whenever we change our source code so that we don't have to do it manually.

let's write some code. I will create an src folder where I will store all of my source files. Inside src create a file called index.js

mkdir src
touch index.js

Let's create a simple express server.

import express from 'express'
const app = express()
app.get('/hello', (req, res) => res.send('hello world from cules coding'))
const port = process.env.PORT || 8000
app.listen(port, () => console.log(`Server is running on ${port}`))

Let's write some scripts in our package.json file.

// packagejson
"name": "nodejs-setup",
"version": "1.0.0",
"main": "index.js",
"license": "MIT",
"dependencies": {
"express": "^4.17.1"
"devDependencies": {
"@babel/cli": "^7.13.0",
"@babel/core": "^7.13.8",
"@babel/node": "^7.13.0",
"@babel/preset-env": "^7.13.9",
"babel-plugin-module-resolver": "^4.1.0",
"nodemon": "^2.0.7"


"scripts": {
"dev": "nodemon --exec babel-node src/index.js",
"build": "babel src -d build",
"start": "yarn build && node build/index.js"

Let's explore the scripts:

  • dev: This script will be used to start the development server. nodemon will automatically start the server when our code changes. But even before that nodemon will execute babel-node and will compile the src/index.js file.
  • build: This script will be used for production. babel will compile our code from the src folder to the build directory. babel will automatically create a build directory for you if it does not exist.
  • start: I will first run our build script. Then it will start our node server from the build directory.

If I show you the compiled code:

'use strict'
var _express = _interopRequireDefault(require('express'))
function _interopRequireDefault(obj) {
return obj && obj.__esModule ? obj : { default: obj }
var app = (0, _express['default'])()
app.get('/hello', function (req, res) {
return res.send('hello world from cules coding')
var port = process.env.PORT || 8000
app.listen(port, function () {
return console.log('Server is running on '.concat(port))

And that's how you can set up a nodejs project for development and production.

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That's it for this blog. I have tried to explain things simply. If you get stuck, you can ask me questions.

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