Oleg Oleg - 2 months ago 23
Node.js Question

running two nodejs apps in one docker image

how can i run two different nodejs apps in one docker image?
two different

CMD [ "node", "app.js"]
and
CMD [ "node", "otherapp.js"]
won't work, cause there can be only one
CMD
directive in Dockerfile.

Answer

I recommend using pm2 as the entrypoint process which will handle all your NodeJS applications within docker image. The advantage of this is that pm2 can bahave as a proper process manager which is essential in docker. Other helpful features are load balancing, restarting applications which consume too much memory or just die for whatever reason, and log management.

Here's a Dockerfile I've been using for some time now:

#A lightweight node image
FROM mhart/alpine-node:6.5.0

#PM2 will be used as PID 1 process
RUN npm install -g pm2@1.1.3

# Copy package json files for services

COPY app1/package.json /var/www/app1/package.json
COPY app2/package.json /var/www/app2/package.json

# Set up working dir
WORKDIR /var/www

# Install packages
RUN npm config set loglevel warn \
# To mitigate issues with npm saturating the network interface we limit the number of concurrent connections
    && npm config set maxsockets 5 \
    && npm config set only production \
    && npm config set progress false \
    && cd ./app1 \
    && npm i \
    && cd ../app2 \
    && npm i


# Copy source files
COPY . ./

# Expose ports
EXPOSE 3000
EXPOSE 3001

# Start PM2 as PID 1 process
ENTRYPOINT ["pm2", "--no-daemon", "start"]

# Actual script to start can be overridden from `docker run`
CMD ["process.json"]

process.json file in the CMD is described here