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Npm Docker Libraries

Most Popular Npm Docker Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
pm2208.62 kBAGPL-3.010 Years15 Mar 2023
is-docker1.68 kBMIT8 Years31 Aug 2021
systeminformation123.65 kBMIT8 Years15 Sep 2023
snyk8.6 MBApache-2.08 Years18 Sep 2023
dockerode19.85 kBApache-2.010 Years12 Mar 2023
docker-modem12.41 kBApache-2.010 Years13 Mar 2023
docker-compose15.31 kBMIT8 Years27 Jul 2023
karma-typescript78.28 kBMIT7 Years1 May 2023
node-docker-api211.61 kBGPL-2.07 Years24 Mar 2018
docker-parse-image2 kBMIT9 Years24 Sep 2014
redbird45.1 kBBSD-3-Clause-Attribution9 Years17 Dec 2019
@aws-cdk/aws-ecr-assets35.87 kBApache-2.04 Years19 Jun 2023
testcontainers69.75 kBMIT6 Years14 Aug 2023
renovate2.09 MBAGPL-3.0-only7 Years18 Sep 2023
docker-cli-js11.43 kBMIT8 Years4 Dec 2022

When are Docker Libraries Useful?

Docker libraries are handy when you want to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers. Containers allow developers to package up an application with all the parts it needs, such as libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one package. This is particularly useful in cases where you need to ensure that the application runs on any other Linux machine regardless of any customized settings that machine might have which could differ from the machine used for writing and testing the code.

In the context of JavaScript and npm, Docker can be a lifesaver. it eliminates the "it works on my machine" problem. Once your application is dockered, it will run anywhere Docker is supported. This means you do not need to worry about setting up a runtime environment manually.

What Functionalities do Docker Libraries Usually Have?

Docker libraries usually equip users with functionalities including, but not limited to:

  1. Container Creation: Docker libraries allow for the creation and management of Docker containers.
  2. Image Management: Docker libraries enable the creation, deletion, pull, and push of Docker images.
  3. Network Configuration: Docker libraries allow setting up and managing network environments for Docker containers, ensuring they can communicate with each other and with external networks as required.
  4. Storage Management: Docker libraries help in managing storage for Docker containers. This can include setting up volumes and bind mounts among other things.

In the context of JavaScript, the npm package manager can interact with Docker to build images and run containers necessary for your application. Npm scripts can be set up to simplify Docker tasks like building an image or running a container, making these repetitive tasks faster and less error-prone.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

While Docker libraries offer an array of benefits, here are a few pitfalls to bear in mind:

  • Persisting Data: Docker containers are ephemeral, which means they don't have a persistent filesystem. Any data your application generates will disappear when the container is discarded. To persist data, use Docker volumes.
  • Docker Images: Docker images can quickly grow in size if not carefully managed. This can lead to longer deployment times, less storage space, and slower applications.
  • Security: By default, Docker containers are not secure. You have to manage the security of your Docker installations. Docker makes this possible with tools and practices like Docker Bench for Security, but this must be deliberately set up.
  • Multi-Stage Builds: If you’re not using multi-stage builds, you may be shipping development code, tools, and other unnecessary files in your production images.
  • Latest Tag: Use explicit Docker tags to ensure that you pull the correct version of a Docker image. Using the latest tag might not get you the actual latest version of an image.

In case of JavaScript and npm, keeping track of indirect dependencies (also known as "subdependencies") can be challenging, especially when considering security implications. Additionally, moving to a containerized setup may incur an overhead effort in the initial container setup and development process.