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Live reload Node.js app inside Docker container during development

You probably found yourself in a situation when building new docker image of Node.js app with the new changes takes a long time. All you wanted is to test your changes fast on a live system…

To achieve that, use docker volumes or bind mounts to map your source code on the workspace to source folder inside Node.js app container. You can verify the changes reach the container by inspecting the source code inside the container after you make a change on docker host.

In order for node process inside the container to pick up the changes, it needs to reload. Use nodemon for that.

I wrote about it here as well.