A cluster script for node processes

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import valkyriestudiosNodeCluster from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@valkyriestudios/node-cluster';



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A lightweight node clustering script that can be used to cluster a single worker up to the max amount of cpu's available on a system.

Basic Setup

The easiest way to make it work is running it as an npm lifecycle hook, set your start command in package.json to the following:

"scripts": {
    "start": "node node_modules/@valkyriestudios/node-cluster --worker=PATH_TO_MY_SCRIPT"

For example if the script that you use to run your server is under dist/server/index.js :

"scripts": {
    "start": "node node_modules/@valkyriestudios/node-cluster --worker=dist/server/index.js"

In essence that's all there is to it!


Some aspects of the clustering can be controlled through arguments passed to the node-cluster script. Below is a full overview of these parameters, along with a small description of each and their defaults.

  • worker
    (required) Configures the script of the worker instance that is to be clustered. (shorthand: '-w')

  • count
    (default: amount of cpus that are available on the system that this is run on) Configures the amount of instances to create of the worker script. (shorthand: '-c')

  • timeout
    (default: 10000) Configures the time in miliseconds that the node-cluster script will wait for a 'listen' event from a worker instance before shutting it down. (shorthand: '-t')

Getting into the nitty-gritty

To allow for communication between the workers and it's master, node-cluster provides an easy-to-use singleton class called 'WorkerDaemon'. This singleton only needs to be instantiated once and will be used as a proxy on top of the raw node process.

The following is a simple example of setting up the WorkerDaemon on a small Koa application :

'use strict';

import Koa from 'koa';

import { WorkerDaemon } from '@valkyriestudios/node-cluster/WorkerDaemon';

const app = new Koa();
const daemon = new WorkerDaemon();

try {
} catch (err) {

Take note at the try-catch handler where we use the WorkerDaemon's 'daemon.shutdown' function to tell the master that the boot sequence of the instance failed.

Quicktip : You can call the WorkerDaemon.shutdown function anywhere in your code, for example when your mongo middleware fails to connect, or when your redis instance can't be reached.

WorkerDaemon functionality


Tells the master to shutdown this specific instance on the cluster
@variable: msg (String): A message to be logged by the master


Tells the master to log a message
@variable: msg (String): A message to be logged by the master