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Node.js - Cross-Platform

A curated list of awesome developer tools for writing cross-platform Node.js code.




Development environment

Continuous integration

  • AppVeyor - Focused on Windows. Free tiers are available for OSS projects.
  • Travis - Windows/macOS/Linux. Free for OSS projects.
  • Azure Pipelines - Windows/macOS/Linux. Free for OSS projects with 10 parallel jobs.
  • Github Action - Windows/macOS/Linux. GitHub Actions makes it easy to automate all your software workflows.
  • Gitlab CI - Windows/macOS/Linux. GitLab CI/CD is a tool built into GitLab for software development.


  • ievms - Automated installer for the free virtual machine images that Microsoft provides for testing on multiple versions of IE. These images can be useful for cross-platform testing various technologies, however make sure you read and understand Microsofts' licensing.
  • VirtualBox - General purpose software for running x86 virtual machines.
  • Docker - Software platform to create, deploy and manage virtualized application containers on a common operating system, with an ecosystem of allied tools.


  • Wine - Run Windows API calls on Linux, Mac, BSD and Solaris.
  • Cygwin - Run POSIX on Windows.
  • WSL - Run the Linux command line on Windows (ELF binary execution, system calls, filesystem, Bash, core utilities, common applications).
  • MinGW - gcc on Windows.
  • msys / Git Bash - Bash on Windows.


  • Redis - Native port of Redis for Windows.


OS identification

  • is-windows - Detect whether the current platform is Windows.
  • is-wsl - Detect whether current platform is WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).
  • getos - Retrieve the current OS, including Linux distribution.
  • os-name - Get the name of the current operating system.
  • systeminformation - Hardware/software system information.


  • execa - Cross-platform implementation of child_process.{execFile,exec}.
  • gulp-execa - Cross-platform command execution in Gulp.js.
  • cross-spawn - Cross-platform implementation of child_process.spawn().
  • shelljs - Cross-platform Unix shell commands.
  • node-windows - Windows support for Node.js scripts (daemons, eventlog, UAC, etc).
  • log-symbols - Colored symbols for various log levels with Windows fallbacks.
  • figures - Unicode symbols with Windows fallbacks.
  • clipboardy / clipboard-cli - Cross-platform copy/paste.


  • cross-env - Set environment variables cross-platform.
  • user-home - Get the path to the user home directory. Cross-platform.
  • username - Get the current username.
  • osenv - Cross-platform environment variables.
  • is-elevated - Check if the process is running with elevated privileges.
  • which - Cross-platform implementation of Unix's which.


  • rimraf / del - Delete files and folders. Cross-platform.
  • make-dir - Cross-platform mkdir -p.
  • readdirp - Recursive version of fs.readdir().
  • cpy - Copy files. Cross-platform.
  • chokidar - Improved cross-platform file watching.
  • graceful-fs - Improves the fs module, especially on Windows.
  • fs-extra - Combines graceful-fs with better JSON file reading and promises.
  • any-path - Use Windows and POSIX paths interchangeably when fetching values from an object.
  • dev-null-cli - Cross-platform /dev/null.


  • fkill - Kill processes. Cross-platform.
  • signal-exit - Cross-platform exit handler.



Desktop UI

  • open - Opens stuff like websites, files, executables. Cross-platform.
  • node-notifier - Cross-platform desktop notifications.

Windows registry

Known issues

  • cmd.exe unicode woes - By default, cmd.exe does not display Unicode characters on Windows.
  • spawn issues - child_process.spawn() behavior is not consistent between Windows and Linux.
  • exec() behavior between shells - Depending on the shell being used, e.g., bash vs. dash, child_process.exec() has inconsistent exit behavior.

See also


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