dockerode / Docker remote API implementation.

npm install dockerode
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Not another Node.js Remote API module.

Why dockerode is different from other Docker node.js modules:

  • streams - dockerode does NOT break any stream, it passes them to you allowing for some stream voodoo.
  • stream demux - Supports optional demultiplexing of the new attach stream system implemented in Remote API v1.6.
  • entities - containers and images are defined entities and not random static methods.
  • run - dockerode allow you to seamless run commands in a container ala docker run.
  • tests - dockerode really aims to have a good test set, allowing to follow Docker changes easily, quickly and painlessly.
  • feature-rich - All Docker Remote API features implemented.


npm install dockerode


  • Input options are directly passed to Check Docker Remote API documentation for more details.
  • Return values are unchanged from Docker, official documentation will also apply to them.
  • Check the tests for more examples.

Getting started

To use dockerode first you need to instantiate it:

var Docker = require('dockerode');
var docker = new Docker({socketPath: '/var/run/docker.sock'});
var docker2 = new Docker({host: '', port: 3000});

Manipulating a container:

var container = docker.getContainer('71501a8ab0f8');

container.start(function (err, data) {

container.remove(function (err, data) {


Stopping all containers on a host

docker.listContainers(function(err, containers) {
  containers.forEach(function(containerInfo) {

Building an Image

docker.buildImage('archive.tar', {t: imageName}, function(err, response){

Creating a container:

docker.createContainer({Image: 'ubuntu', Cmd: ['/bin/bash']}, function(err, container) {
  container.start(function(err, data) {

Streams goodness:

container.attach({stream: true, stdout: true, stderr: true, tty: true}, function(err, stream) {

container.attach({stream: true, stdout: true, stderr: true, tty: false}, function(err, stream) {
  //dockerode may demultiplex the streams for you :)
  container.modem.demuxStream(stream, process.stdout, process.stderr);

docker.createImage({fromImage: 'ubuntu'}, function(err, stream) {


Equivalent of docker run in dockerode:

  • image - container image
  • cmd - command to be executed
  • stream - stream which will be used for execution output.
  • callback - callback called when execution ends.'ubuntu', ['bash', '-c', 'uname -a'], process.stdout, function(err, data, container) {

Equivalent of docker pull in dockerode:

  • repoTag - container image name (optionally with tag) myrepo/myname:withtag
  • opts - extra options passed to create image see docker api
  • callback - callback called when execution ends.
docker.pull('myrepo/myname:tag', function(err, stream) {  
  // streaming output from pull... 
  // Also see:


Tests are implemented using mocha and chai. Run them with npm test.


Pedro Dias

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