If you like using Eclipse as your preferred IDE for your coding, there is an easy way to use the built in External tools feature in Eclipse to launch Node.js applications, without having to install any external plugins.
Here is a short guide how.
To launch this, we need to create a custom External tool launch configuration. Start by opening up your External tool configurations.
This can by done by going Run - External Tools - External Tools Configurations..., or by clicking on the External tools shortcut in the toolbar:
Select Program and then click on the New launch configuration button:
Once the configuration window opens, do the following:
Your launch configuration is now ready to be called from the External tool button:
Running it will use the console view in Eclipse for the output: