Deploy a Hapi App

This guide explains how to deploy a basic Hapi (opens in a new tab) application to Koyeb using:

  1. Git-driven deployment to automatically build and deploy a new version of your application each time a change is detected on your branch.
  2. Pre-built containers you can deploy from any public or private registry.

To successfully follow this documentation, you will need to have a Koyeb account (opens in a new tab). You can optionally install the Koyeb CLI if you prefer to follow this guide without leaving the terminal.

You can deploy and preview the Express application from this guide by clicking the Deploy to Koyeb button below.

Deploy to Koyeb (opens in a new tab)

You can consult the repository on GitHub (opens in a new tab) to find out more about the example application that this guide uses.

Create the Hapi app

We will begin by creating a basic Hapi application. You will need a recent version of Node.js (opens in a new tab) and npm (or another package manager) installed on your local machine. Additionally, you may wish to install Docker (opens in a new tab) if you are planning on building and testing a container image for the application locally.

Create a new project and install dependencies

To get started, create a directory to hold the Hapi project files and then enter the new directory:

mkdir example-hapi
cd example-hapi

Inside the project directory, initialize a new Node.js project by with the npm init command:

npm init --yes

This will generate a basic package.json file and allow us to begin installing and managing dependencies.

Install Hapi within the new project directory by typing:

npm install @hapi/hapi

This will install Hapi with its dependencies.

Create the application file

Now that Hapi is installed, we can use it to create a basic web application.

Open a new file called app.js and paste the following within:

// app.js
'use strict'
const Hapi = require('@hapi/hapi')
const port = process.env.PORT || 3000
const init = async () => {
  const server = Hapi.server({
    port: port,
    host: '',
    method: 'GET',
    path: '/',
    handler: (request, h) => {
      return 'Hello World!'
  await server.start()
  console.log('Server running on %s', server.info.uri)
process.on('unhandledRejection', (err) => {

The above code imports Hapi into the project and uses it to create a basic web server. We configure the application to listen on the port specified by the PORT environment variable, with port 3000 as a fallback value. Afterwards, we configure a route that responds with a "Hello World!" message to requests on /.

Test the web application

The app.js file is all that we need to run our basic web app. Try it out now by typing:

node app.js

If you visit http://localhost:3000 in your web browser, Hapi should serve the "Hello World!" message we configured.

You can also verify that the listening port is configurable by passing a PORT value to the command:

PORT=5555 node app.js

This time, Hapi should be listening on port 5555 instead of the default port 3000.

Define a start script

The last thing we should do is define a start script for the project. Koyeb's Node.js buildpack automatically executes the start script defined in the package.json to start the application. Since our package.json file is very basic, we do not currently have a start script. Let's define one now.

Open the package.json file in your editor and define a start command in the scripts section of the file:

  . . .
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node app.js",
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1"
  . . .

Here, we map the start script to the same command we used to run the application during testing. You can verify that it works as expected by typing:

npm run start

The server should start up and serve the file on port 3000, as per usual.

This example application should run on any modern version of Node.js. If your application requires a specific Node.js version, add or set the engines section in your package.json file. Consult the build with Node.js page to learn more.

Create a Dockerfile for the project (Optional)

We can build and run our Hapi project on Koyeb using the native Node.js buildpack, but we can also optionally build from a Dockerfile for more control. To make it possible to build a container image for our application, we just need to create the Dockerfile. We'll also define a .dockerignore file to tell the builder what files to skip when creating the image.

First, define a .dockerignore file in your main project directory. Inside, paste the following contents:


This file tells Docker to not include Git files, the Docker files themselves, and any dependencies downloaded to the node_modules directory. This helps ensure that the image we build is not bloated and that the build completes faster.

Next, create a new file called Dockerfile within the main project directory. Inside, paste the following contents:

FROM node:lts-alpine
USER node
WORKDIR /home/node
COPY . .
RUN npm ci
EXPOSE ${PORT:-3000}
CMD ["npm", "run", "start"]

This Dockerfile is based on the Alpine LTS (long term support) version of the node image (opens in a new tab). The Dockerfile copies all of the project files to the image's filesystem and then installs the dependencies with npm ci. It is configured to allow optionally passing PORT as a build argument and it runs the start script we defined earlier when the container starts.

If you have Docker installed locally, you can build and test the image on your computer and optionally upload it to a registry. You can deploy container images from any container registry to Koyeb.

We can also build the Dockerfile directly from the repository when we deploy, which is useful as a way of automatically deploying when changes occur. We will demonstrate this method as one of the options in this guide.

Push the project to GitHub

In the project directory, initialize a new git repository by running the following command:

git init

Next, download a basic .gitignore file designed for Node.js projects from GitHub:

curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/github/gitignore/main/Node.gitignore -o .gitignore

Once you're ready, add the project files to the staging area and commit them. If you don't have an existing GitHub repository to push the code to, create a new one (opens in a new tab) and then run the following commands to commit and push changes to your GitHub repository:

git add :/
git commit -m "Initial commit"
git remote add origin git@github.com:<YOUR_GITHUB_USERNAME>/<YOUR_REPOSITORY_NAME>.git
git branch -M main
git push -u origin main

Make sure to replace <YOUR_GITHUB_USERNAME>/<YOUR_REPOSITORY_NAME> with your GitHub username and repository name.

Deploy to Koyeb using git-driven deployment

Once the repository is pushed to GitHub, you can deploy the Hapi application to Koyeb. Any changes in the deployed branch of your codebase will automatically trigger a redeploy on Koyeb, ensuring that your application is always up-to-date.

To deploy the Hapi app on Koyeb using the control panel (opens in a new tab), follow the steps below:

  1. Click Create Web Service on the Overview tab of the Koyeb control panel.
  2. Select GitHub as the deployment option.
  3. Choose the GitHub repository and branch containing your application code. Alternatively, you can enter our public Hapi example repository (opens in a new tab) into the Public GitHub repository at the bottom of the page: https://github.com/koyeb/example-hapi.
  4. Choose the Builder for your project. We can use either a Dockerfile or buildpack for this repository.
  5. Name your App and Service, for example example-hapi.
  6. Click the Deploy button.

A Koyeb App and Service will be created. Your application will be built and deployed to Koyeb. Once the build has finished, you will be able to access your application running on Koyeb by clicking the URL ending with .koyeb.app.

Deploy to Koyeb from a container registry

If you chose to build a container image for the Hapi application, you can optionally deploy the application from a container registry instead of from GitHub.

To deploy a pre-built Hapi container image on Koyeb using the control panel (opens in a new tab), follow the steps below:

  1. Click Create Web Service on the Overview tab of the Koyeb control panel.
  2. Select Docker as the deployment option.
  3. Choose the container image and tag from your registry and click Next to continue.
  4. Name your App and Service, for example example-hapi.
  5. Click the Deploy button.

A Koyeb App and Service will be created. The container image will be pulled from the container registry and a container will be deployed from it. Once the initialization is complete, you will be able to access your application running on Koyeb by clicking the URL ending with .koyeb.app.