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Is there a recommended base Docker image for a NodeJS app?


Is there an official recommendation for a base Docker image running NodeJs?  We are trying to instrument a NodeJS application using an Alpine-based Docker image (node:carbon-alpine) and ran into problems launching the proxy.  I've been trying to set it up as proxyless (libagent:true) but now I'm running into logging errors.  I started thinking that perhaps we should switch to a different base image.  Below is the logging error in case anyone has seen this before...


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AppDynamics Team

Hi Steven,


I guess you are trying to install the nodejs agent through npm? In case of alpine, you have to download the agent binaries from our download zone -


Let me know if this helps.


Also as an alternative you can also try node-slim​ docker image if you wish to use npm for agent installation.




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Hi Abhimanyu,


  You are correct - I am trying to install 4.5.4 using npm. I tried switching to carbon-slim and got the same error.  I removed libagent config and tried again and got a new error: 


Appdynamics agent cannot be initialized due to Error: /development/docker/app/node_modules/appdynamics-protobuf/protobuf_for_node.node: invalid ELF header
Error: /development/docker/app/node_modules/appdynamics-protobuf/protobuf_for_node.node: invalid ELF header
at Object.Module._extensions..node (module.js:682:18)
at Module.load (module.js:566:32)
at tryModuleLoad (module.js:506:12)
at Function.Module._load (module.js:498:3)
at Module.require (module.js:597:17)
at require (internal/module.js:11:18)
at requireProtobufBinding (/development/docker/app/node_modules/appdynamics-protobuf/index.js:29:11)
at Object.<anonymous> (/development/docker/app/node_modules/appdynamics-protobuf/index.js:33:18)
at Module._compile (module.js:653:30)
at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:664:10)


I will try the download and give it a shot...

How do you install the file downloaded from AppD downloads section? Are there any instructions?