How to dockerize Angular Application

Today we will learn how to create a Docker image for your Angular Application using Dockerfile and push the Docker image to Docker Hub.

Angular is a platform for building mobile and desktop web applications. Join the community of millions of developers who build compelling user interfaces with Angular. Angular is developed and maintained by the Google team. Many organizations use Angular for their web application. How is the Angular application deployed on the cloud server? Usually, we generate the dist files using the build command and copy the files in the dist folder to the cloud hosting(Runs under Apache or Nginx). It is just simple copy-paste work of Angular dist files to the cloud server.

To deploy the Angular application using Docker, follow these steps. They are listed below.

1. Create Dockerfile for the Angular application.

2. Build and tag image from the Dockerfile.

3. Run the Angular application as a container using the Docker run command.

Dockerizing the Angular application needs two steps.

1. Build Angular application and generate dist files.

2. Run the dist folder files under Nginx.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Docker image for your Angular application using Dockerfile. And how to deploy/run the Angular application from the Docker image. Don’t worry about the steps. I will show you how to do this in a step-by-step example.

Create Angular Project:

Use the following command to create an Angular application.

ng new demo-app

This project is created just for demonstration purposes. Skip this section if you already had an Angular project.

Create Dockerfile:

You can create the Dockerfile anywhere. However, create the Dockerfile inside the root of your Angular project folder.

Create a file named Dockerfile and paste the below code.

# stage 1
FROM node:latest as node
COPY . .
RUN npm install
RUN npm run build --prod

# stage 2
FROM nginx:alpine
COPY --from=node /app/dist/demo-app /usr/share/nginx/html

If you are using your own Angular project, then change the application name demo-app in the last line to your application name. The rest of the code works fine with any Angular application if you place the Dockerfile in the root of the Angular project.

Build Docker Image:
Use the following command to generate the Docker image for the Angular application using Dockerfile.

docker build -t dockerhub_name/image_name:tag dockerfile_location
# example
docker build -t d4d/angular-app:latest .

Get the list of Docker images using the following command.

docker ps

You need to push the Docker Image to Docker Hub or any container registry, e.x. AWS, Azure, etc.
Firstly you need to have a Docker Hub account. Secondary, you should log in to the Docker Hub on your terminal.

docker login

Use the following command to push the Docker image to Docker Hub.

docker push d4d/angular-app:latest

Run Docker Container:
Run the Angular application using the following command.

docker run -d -p 80:80 d4d/angular-app:latest

It runs on port number 80. Access the Angular application using the IP address and port number.

The Docker image created in the example is made public. So you can directly pull the Docker image from the Docker hub and test the application. The Docker image is given below.


In this tutorial, you learned how to create a Dockerfile for your Angular application and how to generate the Docker image. And how to push the Docker image to the Docker hub. Docker eases the application deployment by packing needed components in a single image file.