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04/24/2015: Running the NodeJS Example Inside Docker Container

Yesterday, I showed how to run NodeJS inside a Docker container. Today, I updated my Github project (https://github.com/medined/docker-nodejs) so that the Example server works correctly.

The trick is for the NodeJS code inside the container to find the container's IP address and listen on that address instead of localhost or This is not difficult.

 require('dns').lookup(require('os').hostname(), function (err, add, fam) {
  var http = require('http');
  http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
    res.end('Hello World\n');
  }).listen(1337, add);
  console.log('Server running at http://' + add + ':1337/');

If you're using my Docker image, then you'd just run the following to start the server. Use ^C to stop the server.

node example.js

Now you can browse from the host computer using the following URL. Note that the 'docker run' command exposes port 1337.


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