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Docker is the most common container engine and format around. SUpport across major clouds is excellent.

Installing Docker

Installing docker is fairly easy. Simply run the following command (The script will ask for your sudo password if required)

curl -sSL | sh

If it prompts that you haven't yet installed curl, do so first and run the command above it again.
If it complains about SSL try installing the ca-certificates package.

Installing Docker-Compose

Docker-Compose makes it easy to setup more complex configurations. It is highly recommended to install it.

# Get permissions to install Docker Compose
sudo -i

# Download Docker Compose
curl -L`uname -s`-`uname -m` > /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

# Give it executable rights
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

# return to previous rights

Note: the latest release for docker-compose is: GitHub version

Things that are good to know when building containers

# adding things to path
ENV PATH /root/.yarn/bin:$PATH

Managing containers

There are various tools out there to take care of that. However if you just run a few containers it might be easier to just learn a few commands directly from docker.

The difference between image tags and container names

Docker can be a bit tricky when it comes to terminology: An image is being built from a Dockerfile. This image can have tags specified by option -t.

You then can create a actual container from that image that can have a specific name. You can use that name to control the container. e.g. docker start labs, docker stop labs.

list all running docker containers

docker ps

Manage containers and images

# Remove all containers
docker rm $(docker ps -a -q)

# Remove containers that are not currently running
docker rm $(docker ps -q -f status=exited)

# Remove all images
docker rmi $(docker images -q)

# Run a seperate shell in a container
docker exec -it my_container_name bash

# attach current shell/bash to running containers
# Note: Please think about executina seperate shell in a container like shown above
$ sudo docker attach loving_heisenberg #by Name

# run bash in any image without using the original command
docker run -it --entrypoint /bin/bash <image>

# find out why a particular service is not running
docker service ps --no-trunc <servicename>

Remove all images

Docker toolbox

point docker-machine to the right virtualbox instance

docker-machine env --shell cmd default

Tools we wrote at Lossless


npmdocker simplifies development of npm modules on your Mac or Linux machine. It comes preinstalled with a lot of handy stuff to make the most of your development experience

Install it:

yarn global add npmdocker