Microservices with Docker, Alpine Linux, Nodejs, Nginx on Win10 Host

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Apology for the last word “Win10”, it’s bit misleading but my main development machine is Dell XPS 13 on Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview. There’s should be a follow up to this blog hopefully on my headless Ubuntu Server.

BTW, it’s a PITA to get this thing working on my Win10 machine - too many wrangling with Windows GUI DNS settings, Docker vEthernet adapter then a mixed of CLI scripts, some won’t work on plain CLI commands later then I discovered that wrapping it inside docker-compose.yml does the trick. C-R-A-Z-Y-!


I had this vision from last year (2016) while I was working on couple projects: NodeJS APIs, setting up infras (CI), deployments, standing up AWS services - to do some automated orchestration of infrastructures and its services, stick inside a container. It just got materialised recently, and with some help from [1] [2].

Dangx Project

Dangx Project is an attempt to build a microservice architecture with Docker, Alpine Linux, NodeJS, Nginx. Each service should run on its own isolated container.

see https://github.com/rixrix/dangx-project/tree/v1.0.0


  • Except for Dnsmasq, all containers are linked via the “nginx-proxy” network
  • Dnsmasq[4] will only respond to “dev” domain queries on localhost/
    • --address=/dev/
  • Configure your Windows Docker vEthernet (DockerNAT) network adapter to use the as one of your DNS server and use DNS suffix “dev”, see screenshot above

How it works

  • Dnsmasq responds to “dev” domain queries and use as its IP
  • Nginx Proxy listens for any request on port 80, proxys the request to its target container, it does a lot of cool magic behind the scene, see [3]
  • Domain and its containers


  • For fresh project, create the special network
    • ./scripts/docker-new-network.sh
  • Build the containers
    • ./scripts/docker-compose-up.sh
  • Destroy the containers, excluding network and images
    • ./scripts/docker-compose-down.sh
  • Restart the containers
    • ./scripts/docker-compose-restart.sh


This is a short write up about its purpose, functionality and configuration, feel free to ask or file an issue over at Github. The references below should give you the nitty-gritty.

Future Plan

I’m excited about the current state of this project, and I’d like to move forward and do some cool stuff. Here’s the grand plan:

  • Deploy to AWS
  • Infrastructure management with Terraform.io
  • Multi-cloud deployment eg: Google Cloud, AWS, Azure
  • CI (automated: testing, deployment)
  • Security (SSL, etc)
  • Blue/Green deployment
  • Spin-off sample/cool projects from this project