Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

NodejsNode.js, also referred to as node, is a runtime environment for server-side applications, first released in 2009. It is an open source software architecture that is event-driven: it detects and reacts to things that happen, as they happen.

Node provides an input/output API that is non-blocking, meaning node programs can make I/O requests and continue without waiting for the response. This approach has important uses in web applications, where the user should be able to use your site, page, or application even while I/O is occurring in the background. This type of application is called asynchronous because individual operations can proceed independently of the main program flow.

Node programs are written in JavaScript. Its JavaScript engine is V8, the open source engine which was developed at Google for its Chrome web browser.

Here is a simple web server, written for node.js, which listens on port 8080 for HTTP requests, and responds with "Hello, World!":

var http = require('http');

http.createServer(function (request, response) {

  response.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});

  response.end('Hello, World!\n');


Node was created by web developer Ryan Dahl, who was frustrated by the blocking nature of most web server software. Node is used to power websites for Dow Jones, New York Times, PayPal, eBay, and Uber, among other companies.

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