This is my first cheatsheet. I wanted to write a small post about Node.js as a local webserver and proxy to a Oracle APEX development instance. Now it is the starting point for all my Node.js related personal notes. This will be a living document with as less boilerplate text as possible - I should delete this paragraph ;-)

A Basic Webserver & APEX Proxy

  • Install Node.js
  • Create a new directory and place the package.json and server.js in this directory
  • Run npm install to install the dependencies
  • Run npm start or alternative node server.js to start the server
  • Done :-)

File package.json:

    "name": "nodejs-dev-server",
    "version": "0.0.0-ignored",
    "private": true,
    "dependencies": {
        "express": "^4.15.0",
        "http-proxy-middleware": "^0.17.4"

File server.js

var path = require('path');
var http = require('http');
var express = require('express');
var proxy = require('http-proxy-middleware');
var app = express();

// local dev instance of parallel to this server directory
app.use('/', express.static(path.resolve(__dirname, '..', '', '_site'), {
    extensions: ['html'] // nicer URL's: html files need no extension

// markdown-it test site
app.use('/md', express.static(path.resolve(__dirname, '..', 'markdown-it-test'), {
    extensions: ['html']

// APEX image directory: unzip the APEX archive here
app.use('/i', express.static(path.join(__dirname, 'apex510en', 'images')));

// APEX proxy
app.use('/apex', proxy({
    target: 'http://localhost:8080',
    changeOrigin: false


Install packages

  • A global package: npm install -g grunt-cli more about grunt-cli…
  • Save dependency in package.json: npm install -S express
  • Save dev dependency: npm install -D grunt-contrib-uglify

Upgrade package.json

  • Install command line helper: npm install -g npm-check-updates
  • Show any new dependencies: ncu
  • Upgrade package.json: ncu -u
  • More infos…

Run ad hoc webserver on any directory

  • npm install -g http-server
  • Run: http-server or http-server [path] [options]
  • HTML files without extension: http-server -e
  • More infos…