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Alpine Linux Angular Docker Image

A trivial Dockerfile which installs all basic Angular dependencies onto a vanilla Alpine Linux Docker image. Can be used for Angular development without needing to install the Angular libraries and dependencies (e.g. node, npm etc) onto your local machine.

Getting Started



To build this Docker image, simply run the command below, substituting the tag name with one of your choice (if required).

docker build . -t nextmetaphor/dockerized-alpine-angular


To execute a shell on the created image, simply run the command below.

$ docker run -v $(pwd)/src:/var/opt/angular -p 4200:4200 -w /var/opt/angular -it nextmetaphor/dockerized-alpine-angular sh

This will:

  • mount $(pwd)/src on the host machine to /var/opt/angular on the Docker container.
    Ensure that the src directory directory exists within the current directory on the local machine - this will be where the Angular project will reside.
  • publish port 4200 on the container to port 4200 on the host machine; we will use this to access the Angular application using a browser on http://localhost:4200/
  • set the working directory on the container to /var/opt/angular
  • execute a sh shell. The container will die when this shell process is ended.


To test that the Angular Docker image has been created successfully, we can create a new sample app in the default working directory of the container, serve the site and verify from a browser.

First, create a sample app called sample-app by executing the command ng new sample-app from the (current) /var/opt/angular directory within the container shell process:

/var/opt/angular # ng new sample-app

installing ng
  create .editorconfig
  create src/app/app.component.css
  create src/app/app.component.html
  create src/app/app.component.spec.ts
  create src/app/app.component.ts
  create src/app/app.module.ts
  create src/assets/.gitkeep
  create src/environments/
  create src/environments/environment.ts
  create src/favicon.ico
  create src/index.html
  create src/main.ts
  create src/polyfills.ts
  create src/styles.css
  create src/test.ts
  create src/
  create src/tsconfig.spec.json
  create src/typings.d.ts
  create .angular-cli.json
  create e2e/app.e2e-spec.ts
  create e2e/app.po.ts
  create e2e/tsconfig.e2e.json
  create .gitignore
  create karma.conf.js
  create package.json
  create protractor.conf.js
  create tsconfig.json
  create tslint.json
Installing packages for tooling via npm.
Installed packages for tooling via npm.
Project 'sample-app' successfully created.

Set the currently directory to the newly created sample-app directory:

/var/opt/angular # cd sample-app

From this directory, serve the angular code using the ng serve --host command. (Note that the --host parameter is important: without this, the site will be served on localhost which will not be accessible outside of the Docker container).

/var/opt/angular/sample-app # ng serve --host

** NG Live Development Server is listening on, open your browser on http://localhost:4200 **
Hash: 0fd4e4806d63a19e34a4                                                              
Time: 13400ms
chunk    {0} polyfills.bundle.js, (polyfills) 158 kB {4} [initial] [rendered]
chunk    {1} main.bundle.js, (main) 3.63 kB {3} [initial] [rendered]
chunk    {2} styles.bundle.js, (styles) 10.5 kB {4} [initial] [rendered]
chunk    {3} vendor.bundle.js, (vendor) 2.4 MB [initial] [rendered]
chunk    {4} inline.bundle.js, (inline) 0 bytes [entry] [rendered]
webpack: Compiled successfully.

Verify that the app is successfully being served from http://localhost:4200/ by accessing from a local browser.


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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