Node.js build system in Sublime Text 2


I justed started learning JavaScript. While doing that, I got tired of embedding my JavaScript code into an HTML document in order to run it in the browser. I thought it would be nice to just run my scripts right in Sublime's console, so I wouldn't have to leave the editor. Therefore I was trying to create a JavaScript build system, since Sublime doesn't come with one.

My idea was to use Node.js as the JavaScript interpreter. I installed it with the package manager of Linux Mint. As far as I can say it works just fine. Let's say I have a file test.js containing the following line of JavaScript code:

console.log("Hello World");

When I run

nodejs /path/to/test.js
in my console, I get:
Hello World
However, I don't get this to work with Sublime. I created a new Build system by clicking Tools / Build System / New Build System. I then typed in the following lines:
    "cmd": ["nodejs", "$file"]
As far as I know, this one line is the JSON representation of the following command:
nodejs /path/to/current/file.ext
Like I said, if I run this manually in the console, it works just fine. If I press F7 in Sublime, which is the shortcut for Build, Sublime's console shows up. It's empty though.

There's another weird thing. Even though the (non-existing) output of Sublime's console indicates that the build system isn't configured to correctly work with Node.js, I got some Node.js errors displayed when I accidentally tried to run non-JS files such as the Node.sublime-build file. This is the output displayed in Sublime's console:

    "cmd": ["nodejs", "$file"]

module.js:434 var compiledWrapper = runInThisContext(wrapper, filename, true); ^ SyntaxError: Unexpected token : at Module._compile (module.js:434:25) at Object..js (module.js:464:10) at Module.load (module.js:353:32) at Function._load (module.js:311:12) at Array.0 (module.js:484:10) at EventEmitter._tickCallback (node.js:190:39) [Finished in 0.1s with exit code 1]

So why do I not get any output when executing actual JavaScript code? Thank you in advance!

1/20/2013 6:05:31 PM

Accepted Answer

    "cmd": ["node","$file"]

works perfectly for me in windows and it shows the output in the sublime window. Although I dont know how to stop the server after from sublime, I have to search and kill the node process.

Also, check node is in your PATH ;)

Hope it works for you.

4/21/2013 5:41:03 PM

Mac users, type which node in terminal. It outputs the path of the node executable, which in most cases is /usr/local/bin/node. Now create a new build system (Tools > Build System > New Build System) with the following settings in Sublime Text.

  "cmd": ["/usr/local/bin/node", "$file"],   
  "selector": "source.js"   

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