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IDE or editor for Node.js+Express and CoffeeScript

Posted by: admin November 29, 2017 Leave a comment


Preferably an IDE. Integrated support for Subversion/Git is a big plus as we are a group of 6 people working.

Vim/Emacs is not that popular with the other as it is very awkward and hard to get started and it requires alot of effort to learn which takes the focus away from our project.

We’re all used to/familiar with Eclipse, so an IDE that resembles Eclipse would be a big plus as well.

Thanks 😀


I think Sublime 2 should be the answer to all your troubles
but if you like eclipse, aptana should be nice to


You should try Aptana or WebStorm, the second one is not free, but worth the required value. WebStorm has a default Node.JS and Express project available. If you select to a new project you can start one with these options as well. The IDE has some nice code completion, good highlighting and a large group of addons to enhance your experience with a lot of new technology.


You should get any Eclipse (or Aptana) and install Nodeclipse. That will add Node.js support.
And Express wizard.

Eclipse for JavaEE developers goes with EGit.

Alternatily you can get full Eclipse with everything above pre-installed as Nodeclipse NTS

There is Coffee Editor, but no running, debugging support currently.

Nodeclipse.org. Current version is 0.3.1


  • Creating default structure for New Node Project and New Node Source File
  • JavaScript Syntax highlighting
  • Content Assistant
  • NPM support
  • Debugging – Breakpoint, Trace, etc… via Eclipse debugger plugin for V8


Update Site : http://www.nodeclipse.org/updates


Check http://www.tomotaro1065.com/nodeclipse/
For debugging check


Seems there’s at least limited support for Cloud9 (IDE in the browser): http://cloud9ide.zendesk.com/entries/20559696-create-a-coffeescript-node-js-project

Here’s a live compilation extension project:

Discussion: http://groups.google.com/group/cloud9-ide/browse_thread/thread/0ae17400825d01f9?pli=1


This ide https://atom.io/ from github supports CoffeeScript pretty well. Works fast I particularly like the coloring. I peronally don’t like Eclipse, Aptana or similar options, they are so heavy in my computer.


RubyMine 4.0 (Early Access, US$59 w/free upgrade to 4.0 release) has VCS support (git et al.), debugging, node support, like a full-blown IDE. It also has CoffeeScript support, though it falls down (as I recall) on debugging — you end up back in JavaScript land — which is where I’m doing most of my work now.

I’m using it right now with node, express, and JavaScript (mostly) and CoffeeScript (little experiments).

I assume RubyMine is a superset of WebStorm (same company). However, for $20 extra, you get ruby + JavaScript IDE, so I would suggest going with RubyMine if you have any inkling of doing ruby or rails in the near future.