How to Create Docker Image for Node JS Application [2 Steps]

In this article, We are going to cover How to Create Docker Image for Node JS Application/How to Deploy Node js Application on Docker


Node.js is free and an open-source cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment that allows server-side execution of JavaScript code.  NPM(Node Package Manager) is command line tool for Node.js packages that installs, updates and uninstall packages in your projects.

Docker provides a robust client-server application architecture with a powerful server, REST API and command-line interface client.


  • Ubuntu 16/18/20.04 LTS
  • SSH access with sudo privileges
  • Firewall Port: 3000

Install Node JS and NPM on Ubuntu

If you are using Ubuntu OS then Install Node JS and NPM on Ubuntu using below articles

How to Install Node.js and NPM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

How to Install Latest Node.js and NPM on Ubuntu 19.04,18.04/16.04 LTS

If you are using other OS then follow Node JS Official Site to Install if not installed

Step 1: Creating Node.js Application

Lets create the directory named nodejsdocker to add node js files to test.

$ sudo mkdir nodejsdocker

Navigate to nodejsdocker directory

$ cd nodejsdocker

Create the package.json file where you will specify all dependencies of your Node JS application

$ sudo nano package.json

paste the below lines into it

  "name": "Docker_NodeJS_App",
  "version": "0.1",
  "description": "Node.js Application with Docker",
  "main": "server.js",
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node server.js"
  "dependencies": {
    "express": "^4.17.1"

Next create the server.js page to test Node JS application with express framework

$ sudo nano server.js

Paste the below lines in it

'use strict';

const express = require('express');

// Constants
const PORT = 3000;
const HOST = '';

const app = express();
app.get('/', (req, res) => {
res.send('Testing Node JS Application');

app.listen(PORT, HOST);
console.log(`Running on http://${HOST}:${PORT}`);

Step 2: How to Create Docker Image for Node JS Application

Before creating Docker Image for Node JS application install the docker using below link if not installed.

How to Install Docker on Ubuntu 19.10/18.04/16.04 LTS

How to Install Docker on Windows 10

For other OS follow Docker Official Guide

Next create the Dockerfile with below command in Project root directory

$ sudo nano Dockerfile

Paste the below Dockerfile instructions in it

FROM node:12

# To Create nodejsapp directory
WORKDIR /nodejsapp

# To Install All dependencies

COPY package*.json ./

RUN npm install

# To copy all application packages 
COPY . .

# Expose port 3000 and Run the server.js file to start node js application
CMD [ "node", "server.js" ]

Now build the Docker Image using below command

$ sudo docker build -t nodejsdocker .

Sample Output:

added 50 packages from 37 contributors and audited 50 packages in 6.293s
found 0 vulnerabilities

Removing intermediate container 3e97b890d792
---> 6a354a5d9d56
Step 5/7 : COPY . .
---> 9f75f8ce0d6f
Step 6/7 : EXPOSE 3000
---> Running in 66c4a65f7392
Removing intermediate container 66c4a65f7392
---> 9009232a55e9
Step 7/7 : CMD [ "node", "server.js" ]
---> Running in 8d4d96bc2877
Removing intermediate container 8d4d96bc2877
---> ba86a68c01e4
Successfully built ba86a68c01e4
Successfully tagged nodejsdocker:latest

once build is successful , you can see list of docker images using below command

$ docker images


REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
nodejsdocker        latest              ba86a68c01e4        5 minute ago        922MB
<none>              <none>              5c85c5a4da87        5 minute ago        922MB
<none>              <none>              29fa5eed7d5e        5 minute ago        918MB
node                12                  e163934eebb0        5 minute ago          918MB
alpine              latest              a24bb4013296        5 minute ago         5.57MB

We have covered, How to create Docker Image for Node JS Application.

Run the Docker container , -p is used to map the public port to docker container internal port, Here I am using same port for both.

$ docker run -p 3000:3000 nodejsdocker


docker run -p 3000:3000 nodejsdocker
Running on

If you want to run Docker container in detached mode use below command

$ docker run -p 3000:3000 -itd CONTAINER_ID

To check docker Process

$ docker ps


CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                    NAMES
ac89891c8dfb        nodejsdocker        "docker-entrypoint.s…"   10 minute ago        Up 37 minutes>3000/tcp   nostalgic_robinson

To check Docker Container logs

$ docker logs CONTAINER_ID


Running on

Testing the Docker Container

Open your favorite browser and type server IP with container public port

$ Server_IP:port


run the nodejs docker container


You can test also using curl command

$ curl -i http://localhost:3000
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
X-Powered-By: Express
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 27
ETag: W/"1b-uO/TfUtLPwJy4DS2pakC/kf+9oA"
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 04:55:34 GMT
Connection: keep-alive

Testing Node JS Application

To stop Docker container

$ docker stop CONTAINER_ID

Pushing Docker Image to Docker Hub Repository

If you want to push the docker image to Docker Hub Registery. First login to  with ID and password using command line

$ docker login
Login with your Docker ID to push and pull images from Docker Hub. If you don't have a Docker ID, head over to to create one.
Username: fosstechnix
Login Succeeded

Now push Docker Image to Docker Hub Repository

$ docker push nodejsdocker

Error: denied: requested access to the resource is denied:docker

If you are getting above error while pushing docker images to docker hub repository first time then first tag the Docker Image and try to push again

 $ docker tag nodejsdocker fosstechnix/nodejsdocker

Push the Docker Image again

$ docker push fosstechnix/nodejsdocker


In this article, We have covered How to Create Docker Image for Node JS Application/How to Deploy Node js Application on Docker, building the Docker Image from Dockerfile, Running the Node JS Docker Container and Testing Node JS Docker Container.

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