Using Meteor shell to connect to a deployed app



Meteor shell is awesome. What would be even more awesome is if it could work for a deployed app (i.e. what “meteor build” produces).

Has anyone managed to get this right? Any thoughts on how to hack this?



Agree this would be great. (Though also dangerous, but also great. But also very dangerous! ;))

I thought there would already be a similar thing existing for nodejs at least. But a quick google search gave absolutely no useful results. Maybe I’m just using the wrong search terms…
Actually, I just found something. Apparently there is a REPL core module in node ( and it’s really easy to set up even in a running server, like so:

var repl = require('repl')
var net = require('net')

module.exports = net.createServer(function (socket) {
  var r = repl.start({
    prompt: '[' + + '] ' +socket.remoteAddress+':'+socket.remotePort+'> '
    , input: socket
    , output: socket
    , terminal: true
    , useGlobal: false
  r.on('exit', function () {
  r.context.socket = socket

(Source: - last part)

So it seems like it would be trivial to run at least a regular node shell that can be logged in to remotely. Just make sure to listen only on localhost and connect via ssh with port forwarding.