Complete Guide to Deploying Next.js Standalone with Bun and Docker

Learn to deploy a Next.js standalone application using Bun and Docker as if you were deploying with Vercel. This guide includes a step-by-step walkthr

Why Deploy Next.js with Bun and Docker?

When Bun hit its stable version 1 and Vercel started supporting it as a package manager (though still relying on Node for runtime), I was intrigued. How could you simulate the Vercel deployment process locally? Specifically, how can you deploy a Next.js standalone app with Bun and Docker? This guide aims to answer these questions.


  • Basic understanding of Docker, Next.js, and Bun

  • Node.js installed

  • Bun package manager installed

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Setting Up Dockerfile

Here's the full dockerfile you'll need.

FROM imbios/bun-node:18-slim AS deps
ARG DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive

# I use Asia/Jakarta as my timezone, you can change it to your timezone
RUN apt-get -y update && \
  apt-get install -yq openssl git ca-certificates tzdata && \
  ln -fs /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Jakarta /etc/localtime && \
  dpkg-reconfigure -f noninteractive tzdata

# Install dependencies based on the preferred package manager
COPY package.json bun.lockb ./
RUN bun install --frozen-lockfile

# Build the app
FROM deps AS builder
COPY . .

RUN bun run build

# Production image, copy all the files and run next
FROM node:18-slim AS runner

ENV NODE_ENV production
# Uncomment the following line in case you want to disable telemetry during runtime.

COPY --from=builder  /app/.next/standalone ./



CMD ["node", "server.js"]

Step 2: Custom Shell Script

Create a custom shell script ./

set -e

# Run Next.js build with passed arguments
next build "$@"

# Copy files only if not in a CI environment
if [ -z "$CI" ]; then
  cp -r ./public ./.next/standalone/public
  cp -r ./.next/static ./.next/standalone/.next/static

Common Errors and Troubleshooting

I ran into some issues during my first attempt, especially errors prefixed with node:. I fixed them by using imbios/bun-node instead of oven/bun as the base image. Because we need Node.js fallback for Bun's not yet implemented features.


By following this guide, you should have a Next.js app deployed, mimicking the Vercel deployment process, with Bun and Docker. Feel free to tweak and optimize the setup according to your project's needs.

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