A Guide to running a node.js live server in Docker (react.js example)

The real TL;DR, clone the repo, run the example, then jump to the Build and Run section:

git clone https://github.com/serafdev/livemount-react-app react-app && cd react-app

Setup the development environment

Create a new React project if you donโ€™t already have one:

npx create-react-app react-app && cd react-app

Put a file on the root of the project named docker-entrypoint.sh with content:


case $1 in
echo "Running development server on"
yarn start
echo "Running tests.."
yarn test

Another file named Dockerfile with this content:

FROM node:lts-alpine


COPY package.json /app
COPY docker-entrypoint.sh /docker-entrypoint.sh

RUN chmod +x /docker-entrypoint.sh
ENTRYPOINT ["docker-entrypoint.sh", "dev"]

Build and run! #

Youโ€™re ready to test! Run your docker command to build the image:

docker build . -t react-app:local

Now you can run it by mounting your code to the machine and exposing the node port to your host:

docker run -v $(pwd):/app -p 3000:3000 react-app:local

Visit the url on your browser: localhost:3000, you should be able to see the React default page

Test Reloading #

Now letโ€™s modify some code and reload the page, open src/App.js with your favourite editor and modify the content of the

dom to: Noice (or anything, really). Now if you reload you should have:
Just noice.
A more detailed article will be coming soon. If you have issues or find difficulties, do not hesitate leaving a comment.

Happy hot-reloading!


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