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Step By Step Guide To Dockerize React App Created Using Vite

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Hey Folks!

In this post, you'll learn how to dockerize your react app created using the Vite tool for the development environment


  • Basic knowledge of React
  • Basic understanding of what is docker (I'll give a brief on it as well)
  • Docker on your local system

What is Docker?

Docker is a tool that helps to create a common environment(called as Container in the docker world) for development, testing and production.

Let's say you are developing a react app on your local environment(development)

Now, once you are done with the development you need to hand over the source code to the testing team and if the testing team doesn't have the same environment as your local environment there might be some issues which would be a blocker for testing.

Similar scenario for production as well.

So How can we ship the environment to all the places where ever you run the application?

And here comes Docker, It will create a virtual environment for your app to run and you can create and use the environment where ever you need to run your app.

Awesome right?

That's a short brief on Docker.

If you want to know more about it check out the Official Docker Site

Now Let's see how to Dockerize your React app.

Step 1: Create React App Using Vite (Skip this step if you already have a react app)

npm create vite@latest

You'll be asked for

  • App Name
  • Which Framework to use like React, Angular, or Vue? Choose React
  • Then, Typescript or Javascript. Choose as you wish


Vite Project Initialization

Now switch to the project directory

cd [your project name]

Step 2: Update vite.config File

This step is required to map the port between Docker container and your React app

Now replace this code snippet in vite.config

export default defineConfig({
  plugins: [react()],


export default defineConfig({
  plugins: [react()],
  server: {
    watch: {
      usePolling: true,
    host: true, // needed for the Docker Container port mapping to work
    strictPort: true,
    port: 5173, // you can replace this port with any port

Step 3: Create a Dockerfile

Create a file called Dockerfile in the root of your project directory like this 👇


Step 4: Add Commands to Dockerfile

Copy these commands to your Dockerfile

FROM node WORKDIR /app COPY package.json . RUN npm i COPY . .

EXPOSE [Port you mentioned in the vite.config file]

EXPOSE 5173 CMD ["npm", "run", "dev"]

If you don't know what are these commands, read the explanation 👇

  • FROM node - Will create a node environment in the container
  • WORKDIR /app - Will create a directory app and switch to that directory
  • COPY package.json . - Copies package.json file to /app directory
  • RUN npm i - Runs npm install to create node_modules for your app
  • COPY . . - Copies the source code to /app directory
  • EXPOSE 5173 - Exposes the port to access the app from outside the container i.e from the browser
  • CMD ["npm", "run", "dev"] - Executes npm run dev to start the server

Step 5: Build the Dockerfile

In the terminal navigate to your project directory, then execute

!! Remove the [ ] when executing

docker build -t [any name] .

Flag used in the command

  • -t - To tag the container (This will be your container name)

After the build completion, a docker image will be created.

Docker Image is a template to run the container.

To check your Docker Image, execute

docker images

It will show the list of images available on your system

Check whether the name of the image you have given when running the docker build command is available in the list.

Step 6: Run the Docker Container

Execute this command in the terminal 👇

!! Remove the [ ] when executing

docker run -d --rm -p 5173:5173 --name [name of the container] [your docker image name]

Flag used in the command

  • -d - To run the container in the background (Detach Mode )
  • --rm - To delete the container, when you stop the container
  • -p - Port Mapping between container and outside world.
  • 5173:5173 - [Port access from Browser]: [Port exposed from the container]

To check whether your docker container is running or not, execute

docker ps

It will show the list of containers running on your system

Check whether the name of the container you have given when running the docker run command is available in the list.

Step 7: Open the App in the Browser

Open the Browser and access http://localhost:[Port you mentioned in the docker run command] as per the configuration we did so far it should be <http://localhost:5173>


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