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Last pushed: 2 years ago
Short Description
from ulexus/meteor, but install npm dependencies before meteor build
Full Description


  • Meteor 1.x package/bundle support
  • Bundle-based execution
    • directory referenced as APP_DIR (meteor build --directory); defaults to /var/www
    • downloaded with curl from BUNDLE_URL (if supplied)
    • set CURL_OPTS if you need to pass additional parameters
  • Source-based build/execution
    • Downloads latest Meteor tool at runtime (always the latest tool version unless a RELEASE is specified, but apps run with their own versions)
    • Supply source at SRC_DIR (defaults to /src/app)
    • Supply source from REPO (git clone URL)
      • Optionally specify a DEPLOY_KEY file for SSH authentication to private repositories
      • Optionally specify a BRANCH is not the default master (can also be a tag name)
  • References your external MongoDB database
    • Uses Docker links (i.e. MONGO_PORT...)
    • Explicit Mongo URLs by at MONGO_URL
    • NOTE: This does NOT set MONGO_OPLOG_URL. There were too many potention complications. As a result, unless you explicitly set MONGO_OPLOG_URL, Meteor will fall back to a polling-based approach to database synchronization. Note that oplog tailing requires a working replica set on your MongoDB server as well as access to the local database.
  • Optionally specify the port on which the web server should run (PORT); defaults to 80
  • Non-root location of Meteor tree; the script will search for the first .meteor directory
  • NOTE: PhantomJS is no longer pre-installed. This package was swelling the size of the image by 50%, and it is not maintainable with the standard Docker Node images. Instead, please use one of the docker-friendly (read port-based) spiderable packages on Meteor, such as ongoworks:spiderable; if there is demand, please create an issue on Github, and I'll see about managing a separate branch for it.


The Meteor tool (if required) is now downloaded at runtime, so it is no longer packaged and the version of this docker image does
not matter for the version of meteor.

You can specify which version of Meteor you want to be installed by setting the RELEASE as required.

Modes of operation

There are three basic modes of operation for this image:

    If you put your bundled application in the directory pointed to by BUNDLE_DIR (/target, by default), this container will attempt to find a Meteor bundle
    in this directory and then start Node to run that bundle. The Meteor tool will not be installed (as a bundled Meteor app needs only Node).
    If you populate BUNDLE_URL, the container expects to find a bundled tarball, as generated by meteor build ./ at this URL. The tarball is
    downloaded (with curl... so you may set CURL_OPTS as required) and extracted to the bundle directory, and the process continues from BUNDLE_DIR (above).
    If you put your application source in the directory pointed to by APP_DIR (/var/www, by default), this container will first try to find an existing
    bundle. If that fails, it will download the Meteor tool, build your application, bundle it, then execute it. It is usually sufficient to simply
    pass the docker run an argument something like -v /srv/myApp:/var/www.
  • REPO
    If you populate the REPO environment variable, it is presumed that this is where your application source resides. This container will
    git pull your REPO, change to master or the supplied BRANCH (which can also be a tag). The source tree will be placed in
    APP_DIR, and the script will pick up processing APP_DIR (above) from there.


git repo with non-default (master) branch

docker run --rm \
  -e ROOT_URL= \
  -e REPO= \
  -e BRANCH=testing \
  -e MONGO_URL=mongodb:// \
  -e MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb:// \

local directory on host (/home/user/myapp)

docker run --rm \
  -e ROOT_URL= \
  -e APP_DIR=/app \
  -v /home/user/myapp:/app \
  -e MONGO_URL=mongodb:// \
  -e MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb:// \

local app source directory on host (/home/user/myapp) with specific Meteor release (1.0.5)

docker run --rm \
  -e ROOT_URL= \
  -v /home/user/myapp:/src/app \
  -e MONGO_URL=mongodb:// \
  -e MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb:// \
  -e RELEASE=1.0.5 \

Unit file

There is also a sample systemd unit file in the Github repository.

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