Hyperledger: How to build your own docker container for Node.js Web app (Ubuntu 16.04)

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Quite recently I had a situation to build my own docker container that should trigger my node.js server application , which I need to integrate with my Hyperledger Fabric Server.

I have attempted many steps, but finally ended up with this beautiful official documentation from NodeJS(Refer it as OFFICIAL in this article)


While you can build your docker container by following above article, but you may end up facing few issues. I would like to address those issue here.

Let’s get started..


  1. You have your nodejs application setup & ready to build your containers
  2. You have some prior knowledge about how docker works?
  3. You should have your system ready with docker installed, If not follow this article to install the same ( https://docs.docker.com/install/linux/docker-ce/ubuntu/#supported-storage-drivers )

a) Setup Package.json as mentioned in OFFICIAL

b) Setup server.js as mentioned in OFFICIAL

c) Create Dockerfile as mentioned in OFFICIAL (Note, here you may make a mistake in setting up different PORT number from Server.JS and Dockerfile : Keep it same)

d) create .dockerignore file as mentioned in OFFICIAL

Build your image using this command , here node-web-app is user defined, you can name whatever you want.

docker build -t <your username>/node-web-app .

Finally run your docker using below

docker run --rm -i -t -p 49160:8080 <your username>/node-web-app

it should show up below results

Results after Docker Run command

Error you may hit :

  • curl: (7) Failed to connect to localhost port 49160: Connection refused
Check : https://medium.com/coinmonks/hyperledger-fabric-composer-errors-solutions-827112a3fce6

Thanks for taking time to read, comment if you face any issues.

Happy to help…