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Heroku Node.js Buildpack

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Buildpack has been forked and modified to work with django-kevin. Most importantly this uses the Yoga version of the official Node.js buildpack and adds additional Grunt functionality from this fork

Additional modifications from the fork imkevinxu fork to reduce the compressed slug and customize usage of node only for grunt and not for the actual application.

Yoga Version

Preview the next version of the node buildpack: yoga. It's the most powerful and flexible Node buildpack yet.

heroku config:set BUILDPACK_URL=https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-nodejs#yoga
git commit -am 'yoga' --allow-empty
git push heroku master

It's still in beta and we'd love feedback!

What can I do with Yoga?

Yoga also outputs minimal but useful messages on success and concise debug information on error. No more 20,000-line error logs!


Specify a node version

Set engines.node in package.json to the semver range (or specific version) of node you'd like to use. (It's a good idea to make this the same version you use during development)

  "engines": {
    "node": "0.11.x"
"engines": {
  "node": "0.10.33"

Default: the latest stable version.

Specify an npm version

Set engines.npm in package.json to the semver range (or specific version) of npm you'd like to use. (It's a good idea to make this the same version you use during development)

Since 'npm 2' shipped several major bugfixes, you might try:

"engines": {
  "npm": "2.x"
"engines": {
  "npm": "^2.1.0"

Default: the version of npm bundled with your node install (varies).

Enable or disable node_modules caching

For a 'clean' build without using any cached node modules:

heroku config:set NODE_MODULES_CACHE=false
git commit -am 'rebuild' --allow-empty
git push heroku master
heroku config:unset NODE_MODULES_CACHE

Caching node_modules between builds dramatically speeds up build times. However, npm install doesn't automatically update already-installed modules as long as they fall within acceptable semver ranges, which can lead to outdated modules.

Default: NODE_MODULES_CACHE defaults to true

Enable or disable devDependencies installation

During local development, npm install installs all dependencies and all devDependencies (test frameworks, build tools, etc). This is usually something you want to avoid in production, so npm has a 'production' config that can be set through the environment:

To install dependencies only:

heroku config:set NPM_CONFIG_PRODUCTION=true

To install dependencies and devDependencies:

heroku config:set NPM_CONFIG_PRODUCTION=false

Default: NPM_CONFIG_PRODUCTION defaults to true on Heroku

Configure npm with .npmrc

Sometimes, a project needs custom npm behavior to set up proxies, use a different registry, etc. For such behavior, just include an .npmrc file in the root of your project:

# .npmrc
registry = 'https://custom-registry.com/'

Chain Node with multiple buildpacks

Frequently, Node is paired with other platforms like Ruby or PHP through Heroku's Multi Buildpack. In order to use node in another environment, specify this buildpack first in your .buildpacks file. This buildpack automatically exports node, npm, and any node_modules binaries into the $PATH for easy use in subsequent buildpacks.


The next features in the pipeline include:

  • Specifying io.js as your node engine
  • Providing proxy settings for your locked-down enterprise environment
  • Dynamically adjusting to different container sizes (especially regarding memory)


Having trouble? Dig it? Feature request?


Anvil is a generic build server for Heroku.

gem install anvil-cli

The heroku-anvil CLI plugin is a wrapper for anvil.

heroku plugins:install https://github.com/ddollar/heroku-anvil

The ddollar/test buildpack runs bin/test on your app/buildpack.

heroku build -b ddollar/test # -b can also point to a local directory

For more info on testing, see Best Practices for Testing Buildpacks on the Heroku discussion forum.