[Fixed] Keeping node.js express running after logoff


I’ve setup a node.js app started with pm2 and all is working fine

I’ve also tried adding watch and save options (see more about the windows service below)

pm2 start app.js --watch
pm2 save

but eventually the app is no longer running after I logoff from Windows RDP.

Below the relevant output from pm2 report

PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: --- New PM2 Daemon started ----------------------------------------------------
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Time                 : Sat Apr 10 2021 11:26:39 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: PM2 version          : 4.5.6
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Node.js version      : 14.16.1
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Current arch         : x64
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: PM2 home             : V:\.pm2
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: PM2 PID file         : V:\.pm2\pm2.pid
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: RPC socket file      : \\.\pipe\rpc.sock
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: BUS socket file      : \\.\pipe\pub.sock
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Application log path : V:\.pm2\logs
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Worker Interval      : 30000
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Process dump file    : V:\.pm2\dump.pm2
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: Concurrent actions   : 2
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: SIGTERM timeout      : 1600
PM2        | 2021-04-10T11:26:39: PM2 log: ===============================================================================

Please copy/paste the above report in your issue on https://github.com/Unitech/pm2/issues

I wonder whether the pm2 home path could be the root cause, since it is a user share, but I’ve found how to change it on windows via the PM2_HOME env var and it doesn’t do the trick either.

I’ve searched the github issues and it seems there are already similar open issues there, for example this one:

Same happens if I go directly to server start pm2 and logoff user, all
processes will be gone. Is there a way to start pm2 on widows globally
so it doesn’t exit when user is logging out ? Or I am doing something
wrong ?


I would also like to understand if there is any option to keep Apps
running after logging off the user from Windows serve

Anyone has a solution here?

I’ve also tried to setup the pm2-windows-service with admin cmd as describe in the readme here.

And I’ve added a handler for SIGTERM in the express app:

app.listen(HTTP_PORT, () => {
    console.log("Server is listening on port " + HTTP_PORT);

process.on('SIGINT', function() {
    console.log('Do not shut down the app on user log-off');


There was a strane final space in the PM2 home path and in the app path
and that folder was locked when I tried to rename it in the explorer (still "locked" after many reboots… finally deleted using this special syntax).
Changed the space with underscore, I’ve restarted the virtual machine and issued a

pm2 reloadLogs
pm2 report

Finally I restarted and saved the app again via pm2.

Before pm2 save, notice that is very important the comment outputted from pm2-service-install in your admin cmd prompt.

PM2_HOME value (this path should be accessible to the service user and
should not contain any "user-context" variables [e.g. %APPDATA%]): F:\Appl\pm2

After pm2-service-install you still need to manually start the service the first time.

Signed out and rebooted the virtual machine again to double check: the pm2 app is running fine now (I have to use and admin cmd with pm2 though).

In case you deploy updates needing a new environment variable, refresh the variables with

pm2 restart 0 --update-env
pm2 save

don’t forget to save after the --update-env!

check your app (e.g. id 0) with

pm2 env 0

In such a case keep in mind that you can do a quick check/test by restarting the PM2 service (or, of course, with a machine reboot).

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