Deploying a Nodejs Typescript application to Render

If you're looking for a good alternative to Heroku that allows you to deploy your applications for free, the answer is Render

This is a short guide for deploying a Node.js & Express Typescript application to render.

What you need

  • A Render account
  • A Github or Gitlab account
  • A computer with Node.js and NPM/Yarn

Creating the typescript app

Create a new node project

yarn init

Install typescript, express and typescript Node compiler and their types

yarn add typescript ts-node express
yarn add  @types/node @types/express -Dev

Once done, create a src/index.js file and paste the following into it

import express from "express";

const application = express();

const port = 3000;

  .get("/", (req, res) => {
      message: "Hello, World!",

application.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Application listening on port ${port}`);

In your tsconfig.json, add

  "compilerOptions": {
    "esModuleInterop": true,
    "outDir": "./build"

You can run the application locally with

npx ts-node ./src/application.ts

Finally, let's deploy the application,

Add the following build and start commands to the scripts section of your package.json:

  "scripts": {
    "build": "tsc",
    "start": "node ./build/index.js"

On Render, Create a new Web Service, choose the free package and give Render permission to access your repository.

Configure your app to use the following settings:

  • Environment: Node
  • Build Command: yarn;, yarn build
  • Start Command: yarn start

That's it, your application has been deployed for free on Render