NodeJS - Meteor

By Jack Szwergold • September 14, 2016

Install Meteor.

curl | sh

Uninstall Meteor.

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/meteor
rm -rf ~/.meteor
rm ~/.meteorsession

Quickstart a Meteor app.

First create a simple “TODO” application:

meteor create ~/simple-todos

This will create a new directory with this layout:

client/main.js        # a JavaScript entry point loaded on the client
client/main.html      # an HTML file that defines view templates
client/main.css       # a CSS file to define your app's styles
server/main.js        # a JavaScript entry point loaded on the server
package.json          # a control file for installing NPM packages
.meteor               # internal Meteor files
.gitignore            # a control file for git

With that done, now go into the simple-todos directory like this:

cd ~/simple-todos

Run this command to install the NPM dependencies:

meteor npm install

Start the application like this:


Or run it with a specific release—such as version 1.4.1—like this:

meteor run --release 1.4.1

Installing “Meteor Up” for deployment.

MUP (Meteor Up) is a NodeJS deployment tool for Meteor apps. Install it via NPM like this:

sudo npm install -g mup

Or install a specific version like this:

sudo npm install -g mup@0.9.7
sudo npm install -g mup@0.8.0
sudo npm install -g mup@0.7.7
sudo npm install -g mup@0.6.12

You might need to install the NPM SSH2 module like this:

sudo npm install -g ssh2

Initial commands needed to get things started:

mup setup
mup deploy

Other commands include:

mup reconfig
mup stop
mup start
mup restart
mup logs [-f --tail=50]

Check what version of MUP you are using by running this command:

meteor npm view mup

Checking Meteor versions.

Checking the verison of Meteor installed on the system:

meteor --version

The output of that command should be:

Meteor 1.2.1

Richer, more detailed version information can be gleaned by running this command:

meteor show meteor

And the output should be:

Package: meteor@1.2.17                        
Maintainers: mdg                              
Exports: Meteor, global, meteorEnv            

This is an internal Meteor package.           

Recent versions:                              
  1.1.15    June 10th, 2016                   
  1.1.15_1  June 23rd, 2016
  1.1.16    July 7th, 2016
  1.2.16    July 25th, 2016
  1.2.17    August 18th, 2016     installed

To check the version of Meteor that is a part of a project—which might be older than the system installed version—just check the contents of .meteor/release like this:

cat .meteor/release

The output should be something like this:


Building for a mobile app.

meteor add cordova:cordova-plugin-meteor-webapp@1.4.1

meteor install-sdk ios

meteor add-platform ios

meteor run ios

Manually Build for Deployment

Note that the compressed tar.gz archive created by the build process is named after the directory the MeteorJS code is stored in. So to rename on a deploy, just do a git clone to a new destination. Decompressed archive will be a directory named bundle.

meteor build --architecture=os.linux.x86_64 /path/to/build/to/
scp /path/to/build/to/meteorapp.tar.gz

cd /path/to/upload/to
tar -xf meteorapp.tar.gz

cd bundle/programs/server
npm install

cd ../../

export MONGO_URL="mongodb://localhost:27017/meteorapp";
export MONGO_OPLOG_URL="";
export ROOT_URL="http://localhost";
export PORT=3000;

node main.js