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A Docker image is a read-only template. For example, an image could contain an Ubuntu operating system with Apache and your web application installed. Images are used to create Docker containers. Docker provides a simple way to build new images or update existing images, or you can download Docker images that other people have already created. Docker images are the buildcomponent of Docker.

Docker registries hold images.


To show only running containers use:

docker ps

To show all containers use:

docker ps -a

Show last started container:

docker ps -l

Download an image:

docker pull centos

Create then start a container: docker run [OPTIONS] IMAGE [COMMAND] [ARG...] * Docker run reference

docker run hello-world

Run with interactive terminal (i = interactive t = terminal):

docker run -it ubuntu bash

Start then detach the container (daemonize):

docker run -d -p8088:80 --name webserver nginx

If you want a transient container, docker run --rm will remove the container after it stops.

Looks inside the container (use -f to act like tail -f):

docker logs <container name>

Stop container:

docker stop <container name>   # container ID or name

Delete container:

docker rm <container name>

To check the environment:

docker run -it alpine env

Docker version / info:

docker version
docker info

Port Mapping

-p 80:5000 would map port 80 on our local host to port 5000 inside our container.

docker run -d -p 80:5000 training/webapp python

Full format: ip:hostPort:containerPort | ip::containerPort | hostPort:containerPort | containerPort

docker run -d -p training/webapp python

Both hostPort and containerPort can be specified as a range of ports. When specifying ranges for both, the number of container ports in the range must match the number of host ports in the range, for example: -p1234-1236:1234-1236/tcp

The -P flag tells Docker to map any required network ports inside our container to our host (using random ports).

docker run -d -P training/webapp python


--link <name or id>:alias where name is the name of the container we’re linking to and alias is an alias for the link name. The --link flag also takes the form: --link <name or id>

docker run -d --name myES -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 elasticsearch
docker run --name myK --link myES:elasticsearch  -p 5601:5601 -d docker-kibana-sense


docker network ls

Find out the container’s IP address:

docker network inspect bridge

Data Volumes

Create a new volume inside a container at /webapp:

docker run -d -P --name web -v /webapp training/webapp python
docker inspect web

You can also use the VOLUME instruction in a Dockerfile to add one or more new volumes to any container created from that image.

Mount the host directory, /src/webapp, into the container at /opt/webapp.

docker run -d -P --name web -v /src/webapp:/opt/webapp training/webapp python

On Windows, use: docker run -v /c/Users/<path>:/<container path> ...

Example Dockerfile

vim Dockerfile
FROM docker/whalesay:latest
RUN apt-get -y update && apt-get install -y fortunes
CMD /usr/games/fortune -a | cowsay
docker build -t docker-whale .