Create Node app using Docker without installing Node Locally


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Almost all tutorials shows how to initialize a node app with Node installed locally. Here is a way to create a node app in Docker without installing Node locally.

Initialize a node app in the current directory with Docker:

  • Replace npm init with whatever npm command is needed
    docker run --rm -v "$PWD:/$(basename $PWD)" -w "/$(basename $PWD)" -it node:current-alpine sh -c "npm init"


  • -rm remove
  • -v volume
  • $PWD path to current directory
  • basename last element of file path
  • -w working directory
  • -it interactive docker terminal
  • -c context, without it sh will not work