How to Monitor Node.js Applications Using PM2

PM2 is a daemon process manager that will help you manage and keep your application online 24/7.


The latest PM2 version is installable with NPM or Yarn:

npm install [email protected] -g


yarn global add pm2

Start an app

The simplest way to start, daemonize and monitor your application is by using this command line:

pm2 start app.js

Or start any other application easily:

 pm2 start
 pm2 start --watch
 pm2 start binary-file -- --port 1520

Managing process

Managing application state is simple here are the commands:

pm2 restart app_name
pm2 reload app_name
pm2 stop app_name
pm2 delete app_name

Instead of app_name you can pass:

  • all to act on all processes
  • id to act on a specific process id

List managed applications

List the status of all application managed by PM2:

pm2 [list|ls|status]

Terminal Based Dashboard

Here is a realtime dashboard that fits directly into your terminal

pm2 monit

Web Interface monitoring PM2

PM2 Plus (PM2 Web Based Dashboard) is an advanced and real-time monitoring and diagnostics tool. It provides features for both hardening your current PM2 and monitoring applications in production across servers. It features issues and exception tracking, deployment reporting, real-time logs, email and slack notification, custom metrics monitoring, and custom actions center.

link PM2 to

Now on the main interface, you should have one server connected, showing a list of all your Nodejs processes in expanded mode. For each server connected, the dashboard shows you server hardware components such as the amount of RAM and CPU type. It also shows the version of Nodejs and PM2 currently installed.

To unlink a server from the monitoring dashboard, run the following command on the server to unlink:

pm2 unlink

Update Pm2

Use the following command to update Pm2

pm2 update


PM2 is one of most common daemon process manager used to Nodejs application in your production servers. We hope this article helps you to manage PM2 process manager through your web interface and command line. TheStack is one of the best web hosting providers that offer premium shared web hosting, cheap dedicated server hosting, VPS server, WordPress hosting, server management and monitoring and DevOps support services. Be assured with our services and reach out to our team of experts to know more.

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