- List of common Docker commands
- docker run options
- Docker images
- docker-compose with YAML
- Docker registry
- Docker engine, storage, and networking
- Docker on Mac and Windows
- Container orchestration - Docker Swarm and Kubernetes
List of common Docker commands
CONTAINER_ID can be
CONTAINER_NAME in all the commands here.
docker build . -t <IMAGE_NAME> docker run <IMAGE_NAME>:<TAG> # run in foreground docker run -d <IMAGE_NAME>:<TAG> # run in background docker run -it <IMAGE_NAME>:<TAG> # run in interactive mode docker attach <CONTAINER_ID> # attach a container in the background docker ps # show running containers docker ps -a # show all containers docker stop <CONTAINER_NAME> # can also use first characters of id docker rm <CONTAINER_NAME> docker images # show images docker rmi <IMAGE_NAME> # remove image docker pull <IMAGE_NAME> # pull and not run an image # run a command inside a container docker exec <CONTAINER_ID> <some bash command>
Docker doesn’t run OS, it runs processes. Once the process, e.g. a web server crashes, the container exits.
docker run options
$ docker run -p <CONTAINER_INTERNAL_PORT>:<EXTERNAL_PORT> <IMAGE_NAME>:<TAG>
The host machine Docker is running on can use
EXTERNAL_PORT to access the application with this command. The application runs on
CONTAINER_INTERNAL_PORT inside the container, and it maps to the
EXTERNAL_PORT of the host machine.
Check container internal IP
$ docker inspect <CONTAINER_ID>
Networks: bridge: IPAddress.
Now we can use this internal IP to access the application in the browser at
Usually we use
localhost on the host machine instead of the internal IP. One way of doing this on Mac or Windows is to use port forwarding for the VM Docker is running on. Check here.
Another way is to have your application server run
-b 0.0.0.0, and use
-p to map the ports.
Persist data and configuration
If we want to persist data and configuration, we need to map a volume from the container to the host machine. For example, if we want to run Jenkins with some plugins installed, we need to persist the state of Jenkins where they are installed. Use
docker run -v to map a volume.
$ docker run -p 8080:8080 -v /root/my-jenkins-data:/var/jenkins_home -u root jenkins
/root/my-jenkins-data is a custom volume I set,
/var/jenkins_home is the default place Jenkins has its data in the container.
Check OS version
docker run ubuntu:17.10 cat /etc/*release*
For example, if we want to containerize a Flask app, we write a Dockerfile
A Dockerfile has lines of
FROM Ubuntu RUN apt-get update RUN apt-get install python RUN pip install flask RUN pip install flask-mysql # This line copies the source code from the current directory on # the host machine to the container's `/opt/source-code` COPY . /opt/source-code ENTRYPOINT FLASK_APP=/opt/source-code/app.py flask run
We can push the image to Docker Hub by
docker push <image-name>.
$ docker build . -t <SPECIFY_IMAGE_NAME>
For pushing, do
docker login and
$ docker build . -t <username>/<image-name> $ docker push <username>/<image-name>
$ docker run -e MYVAR1 --env MYVAR2=foo --env-file ./env.list $ cat env.list # This is a comment VAR1=value1 VAR2=value2 USER
We can inspect a container by
docker inspect <container> and check
Config:Env: for existing environment variables.
COMMAND vs. ENTRYPOINT
CMD command param1 # also CMD ["command", "param1"]
Say we want to do
$ docker run ubuntu sleep 5
which starts ubuntu and sleeps for 5 seconds. We can use
ENTRYPOINT in the Dockerfile. Say we have image
ubuntu-sleeper with Dockerfile:
FROM ubuntu CMD sleep 5
The next time we do
docker run ubuntu-sleeper it will starts ubuntu and sleeps for 5 seconds.
If we want to pass in the parameter, we use
ENTRYPOINT instead of
ENTRYPOINT works is that the following commands will be appended to it. In contrast,
CMD gets overridden by the command in
docker run if there’s any.
FROM ubuntu ENTRYPOINT ["sleep"]
Now we can run it as
docker run ubuntu-sleeper 5. If we don’t supply the param here, it will give and error. To have a default value for
sleep, we write
FROM ubuntu ENTRYPOINT ["sleep"] CMD ["5"]
In this case,
docker run ubuntu-sleeper 10 will override
5. And without any parameter, it defaults to
docker-compose with YAML
If we need to run multiple services (mutiple
docker run commands at the same time and
--link them together), we can use
Using Compose is basically a three-step process:
- Define your app’s environment with a
Dockerfileso it can be reproduced anywhere.
- Define the services that make up your app in
docker-compose.ymlso they can be run together in an isolated environment.
docker-compose upand Compose starts and runs your entire app.
docker-compose.yml file that looks something like:
services: web: image: "<username>/simple-web-app" database: image: "mongodb" messaging: image: "redis:alpine" orchestration: image: "ansible"
Consider this app that has
vote-app: Python web app for users to cast vote in browser
redis: in-memory database using Redis for storing the votes from
worker: .NET worker that puts the data in Redis into a Postgres db
db: a Postgres db
result-app: a Node.js app that shows the votes in browser
In the old times, people use
docker run --link commands to let
result-app to know where to find host names
db in their source code. Now we have
The above is for docker compose version 1. Then we have version 2 and 3. To specify version, you must add
docker-compose.yml. Since version 2,
services is added, and
link is deprecated, we should use
depends_on instead. Version 3 supports Docker swarm which will be discussed later.
For a more advanced setting, we can separate the front end and back end networks for this voting application system. We add
Networks section in the file and specify which network a service belongs to under each service.