An S2I builder for NodeJS using the latest NodeJS releases
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Origin S2I NodeJS

This repository contains sources for an s2i builder image, based on CentOS7 and nodejs releases from

If you are interested in developing against SCL-based nodejs releases, try sti-nodejs.

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For more information about using these images with OpenShift, please see the official OpenShift Documentation.


Node.JS versions currently provided are:

  • 7.5.0 current
  • 6.9.5 lts
  • 5.12.0
  • 4.7.3
  • 0.12.18
  • 0.10.48


OpenShift allows you to quickly start a build using the web console, or the CLI.

The oc command-line tool can be used to start a build, layering your desired nodejs REPO_URL sources into a centos7 image with your selected RELEASE of nodejs via the following command format:

oc new-app ryanj/centos7-s2i-nodejs:RELEASE~REPO_URL

For example, you can run a build (including npm install steps), using my http-base example repo, and the current relase of nodejs with:

oc new-app ryanj/centos7-s2i-nodejs:current~

Or, to run the latest lts release with my pillar-base example:

oc new-app ryanj/centos7-s2i-nodejs:lts~

You can try using any of the available tagged nodejs releases, and your own repo sources - as long as your application source will init correctly with npm start, and listen on port 8080.


The Source2Image cli tools are available as a standalone project, allowing you to run builds outside of OpenShift.

This example will produce a new docker image named pillarjs:

s2i build ryanj/centos7-s2i-nodejs:current pillarjs


There are several ways to make this base image and the full list of tagged nodejs releases available to users during OpenShift's web-based "Add to Project" workflow.

For OpenShift Online Next Gen Developer Preview

Those without admin privileges can install the latest nodejs releases within their project context with:

oc create -f

To ensure that each of the latest NodeJS release tags are available and displayed correctly in the web UI, try upgrading / reinstalling the imageStream:

oc delete is/centos7-s2i-nodejs ; oc create -f

If you've (automatically) imported this image using the oc new-app example command, then you may need to clear the auto-imported image stream reference and re-install it.

For Administrators

Administrators can make these NodeJS releases available globally (visible in all projects, by all users) by adding them to the openshift namespace:

oc create -n openshift -f

To replace the default SCL-packaged openshift/nodejs image (admin access required), run:

oc delete is/nodejs -n openshift ; oc create -n openshift -f

Building your own Builder images

Clone a copy of this repo to fetch the build sources:

$ git clone
$ cd origin-s2i-nodejs

To build your own S2I Node.JS builder images from scratch, run:

$ docker pull openshift/base-centos7
$ make build

You can also build a specific release, or try building the alternate ONBUILD version of this base:

$ ONBUILD=true make VERSION=6.9.5

The ONBUILD base images are available at


This repository also provides a S2I test framework, which launches tests to check functionality of a simple Node.JS application built on top of the sti-nodejs image.

Users can choose between testing a Node.JS test application based on a RHEL or CentOS image.

  • CentOS based image

    $ cd sti-nodejs
    $ make test

Repository organization


    Dockerfile and scripts to build container images.

  • hack/

    Folder containing scripts which are responsible for the build and test actions performed by the Makefile.

  • ** image-streams.json **

    Use this file to add these runtimes to OpenShift's web-based "Add to Project" workflow.

  • ** Makefile **

    See the build your own builder images section of the README for build and test usage details.