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moldock (Moleculer Dockerized)

A CLI tool to deconstruct moleculer projects into their own dependant projects, to be able to dockerize them individually

☠ The Problem

Moleculer structures all it's services in a services folder as follows:

│     ├───api.service.js
│     ├───greeter.service.js
│     └───otherService.service.js

When you try to dockerize the services, it creates an image with all the dependencies of all the services and copies all the services in that image. So if you want the API service to be in it's individual container, everything for all the other services will be copied. Also you will have to create an individual docker-compose.yml

That causes a lot of manual work and a bloated docker image. You can check out the moleculer conduit repo as an example structure here

🎉The Solution


moleculer-dockerized or moldock for short takes the project and asks you what packages are needed for each service. It then creates a folder with all the services as their own projects with their corrosponding package.json, Dockerfile, docker-compose.yml, docker-compose.env

It creates a new directory one level up from where the project is and appends -moldock to the directory. This directory will contain all the destructured services in their respective folders. Each service folder will be a combination of the name of the project and the name of the service like so project-service

│     ├───services
│     │      └───api.service.js
│     ├───Dockerfile
│     ├───docker-compose.yml
│     ├───docker-compose.env
│     ├───package.json
│     └───etc
│     ├───services
│     │      └───greeter.service.js
│     ├───Dockerfile
│     ├───docker-compose.yml
│     ├───docker-compose.env
│     ├───package.json
│     └───etc
│     ├───services
│     │      └───otherService.service.js
│     ├───Dockerfile
│     ├───docker-compose.yml
│     ├───docker-compose.env
│     ├───package.json
│     └───etc

You can check out the exported conduit example in the example folder.


  1. You don't want to copy these folders:

    • node_modules
    • test
    • tests
    • .vscode
    • data
    • db
    • .git
  2. You have a docker hub account

  3. You want to copy everything in the project to each service

  4. Your services are in a services folder named <service name>.service.js


npm i -g moldock


  1. Change directory to the moleculer project
  2. Run moldock --dockerUser <your docker user>
  3. Select the dependecies of each service
  4. Profit


  • Auto infer required modules and select them by default
  • Add a flag to auto build docker image
  • Add a flag to auto push docker image
  • Remove --dockUser and auto capture it from system
  • Add an option for main folder append string
  • Use chalk and boxed to make it look pretty
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