Shikloshi Shikloshi - 2 months ago 12x
Node.js Question

Docker logs not showing colors (express + nodejs image)

A petty, yet interesting question (for me):

I'm trying to create docker image from a small server( nodejs + express) I wrote. My server code is:

var express = require('express');
var Inflector = require('inflected');
var colors = require('colors');

var app = express();

app.get('/hello/:name', function(req, res, next){
var name = Inflector.titleize(;
console.log("Saying hello to " + name.yellow);
res.send('Hello ' + name);

var port = 9090;
app.listen(port, function(){
console.log(('App is running on port ' + port).inverse);

I'm creating my image with this Dockerfile:

FROM centos:centos6

RUN rpm -Uvh

RUN yum install -y npm

COPY . /src

RUN cd /src; npm install


CMD ["node", "/src/index.js"]

Building and running the image with the common commands:

docker build -t username:centos-nodejs
docker run -p 9090:9090 username:centos-nodejs

I was expecting the logs to show up with colors in the command line as they do without docker (e.g.
node index.js

What is the cause and can I fix this?


You need to run your container with "-it" options:

docker run -it -p 9090:9090 username:centos-nodejs