Development with Docker

Inngest provides a Docker image that you can use to run the Inngest Dev Server within a container. This is useful when running Inngest locally or in a CI/CD environment.

This guide will explain how to run Inngest using Docker or Docker Compose.

Docker image

The inngest/inngest image is available on Docker Hub. Regular updates are made to this image, so we recommend pulling the latest version. You can find the latest version release on our Github repo.

docker pull inngest/inngest

Standalone Docker container

Docker can be useful for running the Inngest Dev Server in a standalone container. This is useful if you do not want to use the npx inngest-cli@latest method to run the Dev Server.

To run the Inngest container, you'll need to:

  1. Expose the Dev Server port (default is 8288).
  2. Use the inngest dev command with the -u flag to specify the URL where Inngest can find your app.

In this example command, our app is running on the host machine on port 3000. We use the host.docker.internal hostname to connect to the host machine from within the Docker container. For ease of reading, the command is broken up into multiple lines.

docker run -p 8288:8288 \
  inngest/inngest \
  inngest dev -u http://host.docker.internal:3000/api/inngest

You will then be able to access the Inngest Dev Server on your host machine at http://localhost:8288 or whatever hostname you have configured. You may need to adjust the hostname for your app if you are using a different Docker network setup.

If you decide to run the Dev Server on another port, you will need to set the INNGEST_BASE_URL environment variable in your app to point to the correct port. This value defaults to http://localhost:8288.

Docker Compose

If you're using Docker Compose to run your services locally, you can easily add Inngest to your local environment. Here's an example docker-compose.yml file that includes Inngest:


    build: ./app
      - INNGEST_DEV=1
      - INNGEST_BASE_URL=http://inngest:8288
      - '3000:3000'
    image: inngest/inngest:v0.27.0
    command: 'inngest dev -u http://app:3000/api/inngest'
      - '8288:8288'

In this example, we have two services: app and inngest. The app service is your application, and the inngest service is the Inngest Dev Server. There are a few key configurations to note:

  • The INNGEST_DEV=1 environment variable tells the Inngest SDK it should connect to the Dev Server*.
  • The INNGEST_BASE_URL=http://inngest:8288 environment variable tells the Inngest SDK where the Dev Server is running. In our example, the inngest service is running on port 8288 (the default Dev Server port).
  • The command: 'inngest dev -u http://app:3000/api/inngest' command tells the Dev Server where to find your app within the Docker network. In this example, the app service is running on port 3000.
  • The ports configuration exposes the Dev Server on port 8288 so you can view this on your host machine in the browser.

* - The INNGEST_DEV environment variable was added to the TypeScript SDK in version 3.14. Prior to this version, you can set NODE_ENV=development to force the SDK to connect to the Dev Server.

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