Jumpstart Your Node.js Project: A Minimalistic Startup File with Express and MongoDB


Are you looking to kickstart your Node.js project with a robust and scalable foundation? Look no further! In this article, we'll guide you through setting up a simple Node.js startup project using the Express framework for the server and MongoDB as the database. This project comes pre-configured with essential features to help you get started quickly.


Before we dive in, make sure you have the following installed on your machine: Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager)

Getting Started

Step 1: Clone the Repository

Start by cloning the repository to your local machine.

git clone https://github.com/anishjoshi1999/nodejs-startup-file.git

Step 2: Navigate to the Project Directory

Move into the project directory:

cd nodejs-startup-file

Step 3: Install Dependencies

Install the project dependencies using npm:

npm install


Step 4: Set Environment Variables

Create a .env file in the project root and add your environment variables:



Step 5: Start the Application

To run the application in development mode with nodemon, use:

npm run dev

To start the application in production mode, run:

npm start

Visit http://localhost:3000 in your browser to see the welcome message.

Database Connection

Step 6: Configure MongoDB Connection

The project uses Mongoose to connect to MongoDB. Update the MONGODB_URI in the .env file with your MongoDB connection URI.


Feel free to customize and expand upon this project based on your specific requirements. Add new routes, controllers, or middleware to suit the needs of your application.


Congratulations! You've successfully set up a Node.js startup project with Express and MongoDB. This project provides a solid foundation for building scalable and maintainable web applications. As you continue to develop your application, refer to the documentation for each dependency for more advanced features and best practices.

Happy coding!