How do I get my Next.js app to start in an Azure App Service running ubuntu-latest?


I am trying to deploy my Next.js (SSR) on Azure.

I have a build pipeline that publishes the entire root folder (not just .next folder as for static apps)

  - main

  vmImage: "ubuntu-latest"

# Set variables
  directory: .

  - task: NodeTool@0
      versionSpec: "16.x"
    displayName: "Install Node.js"

  - script: yarn
    displayName: "Install dependencies"
    workingDirectory: $(directory)
  - task: Cache@2
    displayName: 'Cache .next/cache'
      key: next | $(Agent.OS) | yarn.lock
      path: '$(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/.next/cache'

  - script: yarn build
    displayName: "Build for production"
    workingDirectory: $(directory)

  - task: CopyFiles@2
    displayName: "Copy files"
      sourceFolder: "$(directory)"
      Contents: "**/*"
      TargetFolder: "$(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)"
      cleanTargetFolder: true

  - task: ArchiveFiles@2
    displayName: "Archive files"
      rootFolderOrFile: "$(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)"
      includeRootFolder: false
      archiveType: zip
      archiveFile: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/$(Build.BuildId).zip
      replaceExistingArchive: true

  - task: PublishBuildArtifacts@1
    displayName: "Publish build artifacts"
      pathtoPublish: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/$(Build.BuildId).zip

I also have a file ecosystem.config.js in project root folder with contents (as described in this answer)

module.exports = {
  apps: [
      name: "app-name",
      script: "./node_modules/.bin/next",
      args: "start -p " + (process.env.PORT || 3000),
      watch: false,
      autorestart: true,

As mentioned the build pipeline publishes the entire root folder as a .zip artifact for the release pipeline.

I have a release pipeline that deploys the artifact to the App Service and runs the startup command (from the same answer as before and Microsoft docs)

pm2 start /home/site/wwwroot/ecosystem.config.js --no-daemon

package.json scripts section

"scripts": {
  "dev": "next dev",
  "build": "next build",
  "start": "next start",
  "lint": "next lint"

I can see that both build and release pipelines complete successfully and I can see the files from the root project folder are located in /home/site/wwwroot, but when I go to the site all I get is

Site error message

The link leading to diagnostic resources doesn’t grant much insight, but if I check the logs for the docker container in the App Service I see

2022-05-16T11:03:07.083870878Z 2022-05-16T11:03:07: PM2 log: App [app-name:0] exited with code [1] via signal [SIGINT]
2022-05-16T11:03:07.085484100Z 11:03:07 PM2               | App [app-name:0] exited with code [1] via signal [SIGINT]
2022-05-16T11:03:07.086237210Z 2022-05-16T11:03:07: PM2 log: App [app-name:0] starting in -fork mode-
2022-05-16T11:03:07.087102722Z 11:03:07 PM2               | App [app-name:0] starting in -fork mode-
2022-05-16T11:03:07.103212737Z 2022-05-16T11:03:07: PM2 log: App [app-name:0] online
2022-05-16T11:03:07.105379766Z 11:03:07 PM2               | App [app-name:0] online
2022-05-16T11:03:07.370010000Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        | Error: Cannot find module '../build/output/log'
2022-05-16T11:03:07.372651936Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        | Require stack:
2022-05-16T11:03:07.372950840Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        | - /home/site/wwwroot/node_modules/.bin/next
2022-05-16T11:03:07.373244644Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Function.Module._resolveFilename (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:933:15)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.373521147Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Module.Hook._require.Module.require (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/pm2/node_modules/require-in-the-middle/index.js:61:29)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.373779851Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at require (node:internal/modules/cjs/helpers:94:18)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.374053954Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Object.<anonymous> (/home/site/wwwroot/node_modules/.bin/next:7:35)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.375460973Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Module._compile (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:1101:14)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.375473673Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Object.Module._extensions..js (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:1153:10)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.375477573Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Module.load (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:981:32)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.375480873Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Function.Module._load (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:822:12)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.375485473Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Object.<anonymous> (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/pm2/lib/ProcessContainerFork.js:33:23)
2022-05-16T11:03:07.375693476Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |     at Module._compile (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:1101:14) {
2022-05-16T11:03:07.376825291Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |   code: 'MODULE_NOT_FOUND',
2022-05-16T11:03:07.377099895Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        |   requireStack: [ '/home/site/wwwroot/node_modules/.bin/next' ]
2022-05-16T11:03:07.377376699Z 11:03:07 0|app-name        | }
2022-05-16T11:03:07.378681516Z 2022-05-16T11:03:07: PM2 log: App [app-name:0] exited with code [1] via signal [SIGINT]
2022-05-16T11:03:07.379377325Z 2022-05-16T11:03:07: PM2 log: Script /home/site/wwwroot/node_modules/.bin/next had too many unstable restarts (16). Stopped. "errored"
2022-05-16T11:03:07.384267191Z 11:03:07 PM2               | App [app-name:0] exited with code [1] via signal [SIGINT]
2022-05-16T11:03:07.384723497Z 11:03:07 PM2               | Script /home/site/wwwroot/node_modules/.bin/next had too many unstable restarts (16). Stopped. "errored"

Would anyone how to proceed from here?

Thanks in advance!


I solved it by changing my start-up script in ecosystem.config.js to


instead of


My new ecosystem.config.js

module.exports = {
  apps: [
      name: "app-name",
      script: "./node_modules/next/dist/bin/next",
      args: "start -p " + (process.env.PORT || 3000),
      watch: false,
      autorestart: true,

Answered By – scarmoose

Answer Checked By – Mary Flores (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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