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Last active Jul 20, 2020
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Single command to run Node with local file access

Goal: run a simple NodeJS application inside a Docker container

Subgoal: give it access to local files.

docker run -it --rm --name example -v "$PWD":/usr/src/app -w /usr/src/app node:5-slim node index.js


current working directory /usr/src/app
Hello, World!

Unwrapped command line

run - execute the image right away
-i  - inherit STDIO and STDOUT from the current shell process
-t  - execute the command (the command "node index.js" is at the end)
--rm - remove existing running image
--name example - give the running container user friendly name "example"
-v "$PWD":/usr/src/app - mount current directory inside the docker container as a volume, 
                         set its path as "/usr/src/app"
-w /usr/src/app - set the working directory before running the command
node:5-slim - use the "node:5-slim" as the docker base image for our container (small!)
node index.js - the command to run inside the new container
Hello, World!
console.log('current working directory', process.cwd())
var read = require('fs').readFileSync
console.log(read('./hello.txt', 'utf8'))

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@cpalsa cpalsa commented Jul 13, 2018

Thank you, as someone learning docker right now the command line breakdown really helped.

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