How to setup Next.js 13 with Docker: A Seamless Integration

Learn how you can containerize your NextJS application with Docker to deploy it to one of many cloud providers like Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services

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In this blog post, we will explore the seamless integration of Next.js 13 with Docker, enabling you to develop and deploy your Next.js applications with ease. Docker is an open-source platform that automates the deployment and scaling of applications using containerization. Let's dive into the process of setting up Next.js 13 with Docker step by step.


Before we get started, ensure that you have the following prerequisites:

  • Docker installed on your system. You can download it from the official Docker website (
  • Basic knowledge of Next.js and Docker.

Step 1: Create a Next.js Project

First, let's create a new Next.js project. Open your terminal and run the following command:

npx create-next-app@latest my-next-app

This command will set up a new Next.js project with the latest version (Next.js 13). Feel free to replace my-next-app with the desired name for your project.

Step 2: Dockerfile Configuration

Now, navigate to the root of your Next.js project by running:

cd my-next-app

Next, create a file named Dockerfile (without any file extension) in the project's root directory. Open the Dockerfile in a text editor and add the following code:

# Use the official Node.js 14 image as the base image
FROM node:14

# Set the working directory inside the container
WORKDIR /usr/src/app

# Copy package.json and package-lock.json to the working directory
COPY package*.json ./

# Install project dependencies
RUN npm install

# Copy the entire project to the working directory
COPY . .

# Build the Next.js application
RUN npm run build

# Expose port 3000

# Start the Next.js application
CMD ["npm", "start"]

This Dockerfile sets up the Node.js 14 image as the base image, sets the working directory, copies the package files, installs dependencies, copies the entire project, builds the Next.js application, exposes port 3000, and starts the Next.js application.

Step 3: .dockerignore File

Create a file named .dockerignore in the project's root directory. Open it in a text editor and add the following lines:


This file specifies the directories that should be excluded from the Docker build context to optimize the build process.

Step 4: Building the Docker Image

With the Dockerfile and .dockerignore file in place, it's time to build the Docker image. In your terminal, execute the following command:

docker build -t my-next-app .

This command builds the Docker image with the tag -t set to my-next-app. Make sure to include the . at the end, denoting the current directory as the build context.

Step 5: Running the Docker Container

Once the Docker image is built successfully, you can run it as a container. Run the following command:

docker run -p 3000:3000 my-next-app

This command starts a Docker container using the previously built image. The -p flag maps port 3000 of the container to port 3000 of your local machine.


Congratulations! You have successfully set up Next.js 13 with Docker. This integration allows you to package your Next.js application in a container, making it portable and easily deployable across different environments. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can leverage the power of Docker to streamline your Next.js development and deployment process.

Give it a try and experience the seamless integration of Next.js 13 and Docker firsthand.

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