A developer-oriented frontend for Supervisor

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import custodyCli from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@custody/cli';



Supervisor is great for running a bunch of processes but not for running a local, microservices development environment, where

  • services frequently become unstable due to quirks of developers' setups or bugs in Supervisor itself (Mixmax-internal link)
  • the processes monitored by Supervisor may be build e.g. gulp processes, not the services whose states change i.e. webservers
  • developers need to rapidly toggle between views of the environment's overall status and logs from individual services

supervisorctl status' is too high-level and static for such an environment, and toggling between that view and individual process logs is cumbersome.

Enter custody, which gives you a realtime view of both the environment's overall status and individual services' logs with minimum keystrokes.


npm install -g @custody/cli


By default, custody uses /usr/local/var/custody to store information and to enable probe->custody communication. You can override this directory by specifying the CUSTODY_PROC_DIR environment variable.

Caution: Read https://github.com/mixmaxhq/custody/issues/80 to see how to properly configure this variable, if you choose to set it.


Node 10.16.0 shipped a regression in file watching that may degrade performance when custody is tailing log files. If you experience high CPU utilization while using custody, please try running custody under an older version of Node e.g. using nvm.

Make sure that Supervisor is running. Then run


If you're running Supervisor on a port other than 9001 (Mixmax engineers: your default), pass that using the --port flag.

This will show a view like supervisorctl status--except real-time and color-coded:

If the programs shown here are build processes, that in turn run server processes, you can use custody-probe to report the states of the servers.

Scroll through the list using your arrow keys or the mouse--or type to filter to a service of interest:

Hit enter or double-click on a service to open its logs:

Within this view, you can stop/start/restart the service using the keyboard shortcuts in the bottom toolbar.


If you run custody-cli with --notifications, it will show desktop notifications when the services' states change. You can click the "Show" button on the notification to activate the Terminal and open custody to the corresponding service's logs. This feature is experimental--please contribute UX feedback!

If you'd like notifications to stay on the screen until dismissed, go to System Preferences -> Notifications, look for "terminal-notifier" in the list at left, and change its alert style from Banners to Alerts. We can't do this for you, unfortunately.

Automatic error recovery

If you've added probes to any of your servers, custody can automatically recover certain errors reported by those probes. In particular, if a server reports an EADDRINUSE error (see https://github.com/mixmaxhq/custody/issues/3), custody will automatically fix the port conflict by killing the process listening to your desired port, then restarting your process.

Contributing / Roadmap

We welcome bug reports and feature suggestions. PRs are even better!

Check out the issues and milestones to see what you could tackle to get this project to v1 and beyond.