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Jonesh Shrestha
Software Engineer The Fun, Powerful, and Free Node.js Hosting Platform


Are you a Node.js developer looking for a fun and powerful hosting platform that's easy to use, yet provides exceptional performance and scalability? Look no further than!

In this blog post, we'll take a fun and interactive look at, a fantastic alternative to Heroku. We'll explore its unique features, step-by-step setup process, and even get a chance to deploy our own Node.js application!

What is is a cloud-native application platform that empowers developers to deploy and run applications globally with ease. It is built on top of a global network of data centers, allowing you to serve your Node.js apps from the closest location to your users. Whether you have a small personal project or a large-scale production application, offers the perfect balance between simplicity and powerful performance.

Let's get started!

To get started with, we'll need to create an account. This is a painless process, and you can do it right from your browser. Head over to and fill in the necessary details. Once we have an account, we'll need to install the CLI. This is a command-line tool that will allow us to manage our applications. To install the CLI, open your terminal and run the following command: curl -L | sh

Now that we have the CLI installed, create your server.js file and we're ready to initialize our Node.js application: npm init. Build your dreams inside your server.js and run node server.js to start your application and confirm that it is working.

To launch an app on fly, run flyctl launch in the directory with your source code. This will create a file called fly.toml in our project directory, which contains essential configuration details for our deployment. The fly.toml file is a simple text file, and we can edit it to customize our deployment settings.

For example, we can specify the port that our application will listen on, or the amount of memory that we want to allocate to it. Once we're happy with our configuration, we can deploy our application to using the flyctl deploy command. This will start the deployment process, and we'll see progress indicators as our application gets deployed to the platform.


Your Node.js application is now hosted on, and you can access it using the URL provided in the deployment logs. automatically takes care of load balancing, auto-scaling, and global distribution, ensuring a seamless experience for your users.

So, what are you waiting for?

Give a try and experience the magic of seamless and powerful Node.js application hosting! Happy coding!

Bonus Tip!

The quickest way to browse your newly deployed application is with the flyctl open command.