Oct 23rd, 2016


  • Docker Engine and Docker CLI
  • Docker Compose (formerly “Fig”)
  • Docker Machine
  • Docker Swarm Mode
  • Kitematic
  • Docker Cloud (formerly “Tutum”)
  • Docker Datacenter


For Mac, using homebrew package manager

$ brew cask install docker docker-toolbox

Using docker script (not secure)

$ curl -sSL | bash

to use docker for non-root user, add user to docker group

sudo usermod -aG docker <user>

Most common commands

#search images
$ docker search elasticsearch
#list images
$ docker images
#list containers
$ docker ps
$ docker ps -a | grep 60afe4036d97
#list all running containers
$ docker ps -a -f status=running
#remove container
$ docker rm <containerid>
#remove multiple container
$ docker rm 305297d7a235 ff0a5c3750b9
$ docker rm $(docker ps -a -q -f status=exited)
#remove image
$ docker rmi <imageid>
#remove all images
$ docker rmi $(docker images -q)
#remove all images using force removal (--force, -f)
$ docker rmi -f $(docker images -q)
#start container
$ docker start <containerName>
$ docker start -ai <containerName>
#stop container
$ docker stop <containerName>

#create machine
$ docker-machine create --driver virtualbox default
#rename container
$ docker rename CONTAINER NEW_NAME
#get container
$ docker pull glassfish
#run container
$ docker run glassfish
#get and run container
$ docker run -it glassfish bash
$ docker run -it glassfish sh

#login to Docker Hub
$ docker login

#execute bash
$ docker exec -it glassfish /bin/bash
$ docker kill glassfish

Dockerfile example

FROM aripd/java
LABEL maintainer="" description="Glassfish v5 release image"
RUN useradd -b /opt -m -s /bin/sh -d ${INSTALL_DIR} serveradmin && echo serveradmin:serveradmin | chpasswd
RUN apt-get -y install curl \
    && apt-get -y install unzip
    && unzip ${INSTALL_DIR}/${GLASSFISH_ARCHIVE}.zip -d ${INSTALL_DIR} \
    && chown -R serveradmin:serveradmin /opt \
    && chmod -R a+rw /opt
ENTRYPOINT ./asadmin start-domain --verbose ${DOMAIN_NAME}
USER serveradmin
EXPOSE 4848 8009 8080 8181

build aripd/glassfish container after creating Dockerfile

$ docker build -t aripd/glassfish .

push aripd/glassfish container to dockerhub

$ docker push aripd/glassfish

run aripd/glassfish container as glassfish with the ports 8080 and 4848

$ docker run -d -p 8080:8080 -p 4848:4848 --name glassfish aripd/glassfish

stop aripd/glassfish container

$ docker stop glassfish

remove aripd/glassfish container

$ docker rm glassfish

Updating and committing an image

$ docker run -t -i aripd/ecommerce /bin/bash
root@0b2616b0e5a8:/# asadmin change-admin-password
root@0b2616b0e5a8:/# asadmin enable-secure-admin
... etc.
$ docker commit -m "Made some changes" -a "aripddev" 0b2616b0e5a8 aripd/ecommerce:v2
$ docker images
$ docker run -t -i aripd/ecommerce:v2 /bin/bash
$ docker history aripd/ecommerce:v2

commit and push docker images to dockerhub

docker ps
docker commit c3f279d17e0a  aripd/testimage:version3
docker images
docker login
docker push aripd/testimage

Log into the Docker Image using the root user

You can log into the Docker Image using the root user (ID = 0) instead of the provided default user when you use the -u option.

docker exec -u 0 -it mycontainer bash

getting logs

docker logs [container-name]
docker logs -f --tail 10 container_name // starting from the last 10 lines
docker logs --since=2m <container_id> // since last 2 minutes
docker logs --since=1h <container_id> // since last 1 hour

creating and connecting to a network

$ docker network create [network-name]
$ docker network inspect [network-name]
$ docker network connect [network-name] [container-name]
$ docker network inspect [network-name]

Running container on network

docker run --net [network-name] -d -p 8282:8080 --name [container-name] aripd/app-name

isolated network


FROM        glassfish:latest
LABEL       maintainer=""
RUN         apt-get update
RUN         curl -O glassfish/domains/domain1/lib/mysql-connector-java-8.0.21.jar
COPY        domain.xml glassfish/domains/domain1/config/domain.xml
COPY        admin-keyfile glassfish/domains/domain1/config/admin-keyfile
COPY        target/ecommerce-3.0-SNAPSHOT.war glassfish/domains/domain1/autodeploy/ecommerce-3.0-SNAPSHOT.war
EXPOSE      8080 4848 8181

jdbc url is jdbc:mysql://mydatabase:3306/Database_Name

$ docker network create my-network
$ docker run -d --net=my-network --name=mydatabase -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD='supersecret' mysql
$ unset GEM_PATH
$ mvn clean install && docker build -t aripd/ecommerce .
$ docker run -d --net=my-network --name=myapp aripd/ecommerce

Setting Up Database Servers


start a redis instance

$ docker run --name some-redis -p 6379:6379 -d redis

start with persistent storage

$ docker run --name some-redis -p 6379:6379 -d redis redis-server --appendonly yes

connecting via redis-cli

$ docker run -it --network some-network --rm redis redis-cli -h some-redis

RedisInsight is the GUI tool to access the server.

$ brew cask install redisinsight


docker run --name mongo -p 27017:27017 -e MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_USERNAME=mongoadmin -e MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret mongo:tag

MongoDB Compass is the GUI tool to access the server.

$ brew cask install mongodb-compass


Download and start MySQL container:

$ docker run --name mysqldb -p 3306:3306 -e MYSQL_USER=dbuser -e MYSQL_PASSWORD=dbpass -e MYSQL_DATABASE=dbname -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret mysql:tag

Install MySQL Shell and connect to the database - for more details.

$ brew cask install mysql-shell
$ mysqlsh dbuser@localhost:3306

Creating a container on the host network with --net=host and share mysqldb of host with container.

$ docker run \
  --name=mysql-host \
  --net=host \
  -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=mypassword \
  -v /usr/local/var/mysql:/var/lib/mysql \
  -d mysql:5.6

$ docker exec -it mysql-host /bin/bash


Download and run PostgreSQL:

$ docker run --name postgresqldb -p 5432:5432 -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=secret -d postgres

Install and connect using PSQL:

$ psql -h localhost -U postgres

Microsoft SQL Server

Download and start Microsoft SQL Server container:

$ docker run -e 'ACCEPT_EULA=Y' -e 'SA_PASSWORD=SqlServer2017' -p 1433:1433 -d microsoft/mssql-server-linux:2017-latest

Install and connect using sqlcmdfor more details.

$ brew tap microsoft/mssql-release
$ brew install --no-sandbox mssql-tools

Connect to SQL Server:

$ sqlcmd -S localhost,1433 -U SA -P SqlServer2017

Docker Compose

Create docker-compose.yml file and run

$ docker-compose up

Below is the example for graylog

version: '2'
  # MongoDB:
    image: mongo:3
  # Elasticsearch:
      # Disable X-Pack security:
      - "ES_JAVA_OPTS=-Xms512m -Xmx512m"
        soft: -1
        hard: -1
    mem_limit: 1g
  # Graylog:
    image: graylog/graylog:2.4.3-1
      # CHANGE ME!
      - GRAYLOG_PASSWORD_SECRET=somepasswordpepper
      # Password: admin
      - GRAYLOG_ROOT_PASSWORD_SHA2=8c6976e5b5410415bde908bd4dee15dfb167a9c873fc4bb8a81f6f2ab448a918
      - mongodb:mongo
      - elasticsearch
      - mongodb
      - elasticsearch
      # Graylog web interface and REST API
      - 9000:9000
      # Syslog TCP
      - 514:514
      # Syslog UDP
      - 514:514/udp
      # GELF TCP
      - 12201:12201
      # GELF UDP
      - 12201:12201/udp

Docker Swarm Mode

Create machines

For development environment, create virtual machines first using docker-machine. Add “&” sign to send the process to background.

You can also use vagrant instead of docker-machine. You can create machines in amazonec2, azure, digitalocean, google etc. instead of virtualbox.

To create 3 machines with 2 CPU and 4G RAM in virtualbox, run

docker-machine create -d=virtualbox --virtualbox-cpu-count=2 --virtualbox-memory=3096 vbox-01
$ docker-machine create -d=virtualbox --virtualbox-cpu-count=2 --virtualbox-memory=3096 vbox-02 &
docker-machine create -d=virtualbox --virtualbox-cpu-count=2 --virtualbox-memory=3096 vbox-03 &

To list machines, run

docker-machine ls

Init and join to the swarm

To connect first virtual server, which will be manager, run

$ eval $(docker-machine env vbox-01)

After connecting vbox-01, to start docker swarm and to make the cluster ready, run

docker swarm init

which gives below error message

"Error response from daemon: could not choose an IP address to advertise since this system has multiple addresses on different interfaces ( on eth0 and on eth1) - specify one with --advertise-addr"

Since vbox has two ethernet interfaces, you should specify the public IP with advertise address parameter.

docker swarm init --advertise-addr=

You should get below output:

Swarm initialized: current node (chfpci27hkjr58m4wbfhe72wz) is now a manager.

The current node is now a manager. To add a worker to this swarm, run the following command in worker nodes:

$ docker swarm join --token SWMTKN-1-0ka8ag69aylzi4esvlgwwjv9s2t2wa3er1y4fza1yzzh3mqaat-euq613kyvhdri9mggxmm3b6wu

To add a manager to this swarm, run docker swarm join-token manager and follow the instructions.

To add a worker to this swarm, run docker swarm join-token worker and follow the instructions.

To connect second virtual server, which will be worker, run

$ eval $(docker-machine env vbox-02)

To add vbox-02 as a worker, run

$ docker swarm join --token SWMTKN-1-0ka8ag69aylzi4esvlgwwjv9s2t2wa3er1y4fza1yzzh3mqaat-euq613kyvhdri9mggxmm3b6wu

You can complete the same steps for vbox-03

$ eval $(docker-machine env vbox-03)
$ docker swarm join --token SWMTKN-1-0ka8ag69aylzi4esvlgwwjv9s2t2wa3er1y4fza1yzzh3mqaat-euq613kyvhdri9mggxmm3b6wu

To list nodes, you should run docker node ls command on a manager node which is vbox-01 in this example.

$ eval $(docker-machine env vbox-01)
$ docker node ls

So now, our manager and worker nodes are ready to deploy stack

Deploy a stack to a swarm

docker service create --name=web --publish=9000:80 nginx:latest

Since there are multiple nodes, to see the service, run

$ docker service ps web

to check if service is running

$ open
$ open
$ open

We created only one service in one node of three. However we still have an access to this service through all three nodes. This is thanks to routing mesh.

The routing mesh enables each node in the swarm to accept connections on published ports for any service running in the swarm, even if there’s no task running on the node. The routing mesh routes all incoming requests to published ports on available nodes to an active container.

Ingress Routing Mesh


to watch and check number of replicas, which is 1/1 in our example.

$ watch -d docker service ps web

to scale our service from 1 to 2

$ docker service update --replicas=2 web

to list container and get container id

$ docker conatiner ls

to kill the container

$ docker container kill <containerid>

Once the container has been killed, container scheduler of docker swarm will create a new one and current state will be running.

Node promote/demote

to watch and list nodes

$ watch -d docker node ls

You can change the type of a node from Manager to Worker or vice versa.

$ docker node promote vbox-02
docker node demote vbox-02

There are two types of Manager Status. One is Leader and the other is Reachable. You can add more than one manager node, but only one is Leader, and others are Reachable.

The decision about how many manager nodes to implement is a trade-off between performance and fault-tolerance. Adding manager nodes to a swarm makes the swarm more fault-tolerant. However, additional manager nodes reduce write performance because more nodes must acknowledge proposals to update the swarm state. This means more network round-trip traffic.

Swarm manager nodes use the Raft Consensus Algorithm to manage the swarm state. Raft requires a majority of managers, also called the quorum, to agree on proposed updates to the swarm, such as node additions or removals.

While it is possible to scale a swarm down to a single manager node, it is impossible to demote the last manager node. Scaling down to a single manager is an unsafe operation and is not recommended. An odd number of managers is recommended, because the next even number does not make the quorum easier to keep.

Apply rolling updates and rollback to a service

Deploy an older redis

$ docker service create \
  --replicas 3 \
  --name redis \
  --update-delay 10s \

Inspect the redis service:

$ docker service inspect --pretty redis

Update the container image for redis. The swarm manager applies the update to nodes according to the UpdateConfig policy:

$ docker service update --image redis:3.0.7 redis

Run docker service ps <SERVICE-ID> to watch the rolling update:

$ docker service ps redis

To rollback to previous specification

$ docker service update --rollback redis

Deploy a stack to a swarm using docker-stack / docker-compose

When running Docker Engine in swarm mode, you can use docker stack deploy to deploy a complete application stack to the swarm. The deploy command accepts a stack description in the form of a Compose file.

The docker stack deploy command supports any Compose file of version “3.0” or above.

  1. Create the stack with docker stack deploy:
docker stack deploy --compose-file docker-compose.yml stackdemo

The last argument is a name for the stack. Each network, volume and service name is prefixed with the stack name.

  1. Check that it’s running with docker stack services stackdemo:
$ docker stack services stackdemo

Once it’s running, you should see 1/1 under REPLICAS for both services. This might take some time if you have a multi-node swarm, as images need to be pulled.

  1. Bring the stack down with docker stack rm:
$ docker stack rm stackdemo
  1. Bring the registry down with docker service rm:
$ docker service rm registry
  1. If you’re just testing things out on a local machine and want to bring your Docker Engine out of swarm mode, use docker swarm leave:
$ docker swarm leave --force