Docker basics

Posted on April 1, 2017
Tags: docker
  • first install pacman -Sy docker, then run docker.service

Images, containers

docker images → shows all images
docker run -ti ubuntu bash → run bash in ubuntu image (creates container)

docker ps → shows running containers
docker ps -a → shows all containers
docker ps -l → shows latest container
EXIT CODE → good for debuging

  • Image is FIXED


docker commit some_cont new_img → creates new image (new_img) from container (some_cont)

--rm → deletes container when it exits
-ti → terminal interactive
--privileged → when root access is needed
docker run --rm -ti ubuntu bash -c "sleep 3; echo all done"
docker rm my_cont→ remove container
docker run -d -ti ubuntu bash → detached container
docker attach cont_name → atach to container

Ctrl+p Ctrl+q → will detach from container

docker exec -ti my_cont bash → execute another process in container my_cont (in this case bash)

docker kill → will kill container


docker run --name example -d ubuntu bash -c "lose /etc/passwd" → there is typo
docker logs example → lose command not found


docker run --rm -ti -p 45678:45678 -p 45679:45679 --name echo-server ubuntu:14.04 bash → -p opens port outside:inside

docker run --rm -ti -p 45678 -p 45679 --name echo-server ubuntu:14.04 bash → -p opens inside ports, outside ports will be choosen by docker → with docker port echo-server we can see outside ports for this container… when we start new container it will have different outside ports
56780/tcp ->
56789/tcp ->

docker port echo-server → shows ports on echo-server container
docker inspect echo-server → shows some infos as well as IP address

docker run -p outside-port:inside-port/protocol (tcp|udp) → if we need to specify protocol


docker run --rm -ti --name server ubuntu:14.04 bash → server
docker run --rm -ti --link server --name client ubuntu:14.04 bash → client linked to server

on server we can run nc -lp 1234 and on client nc server 1234 → client is connected to server we can send some data…

link can be break when containers restarts


docker network create example → creates network
docker run --rm -ti --net=example --name server ubuntu:14.04 bash → server
docker run --rm -ti --link server --net=example --name client ubuntu:14.04 bash → client linked to server

link will not be broken when containers restarts


docker images → shows all local images
docker commit bdeoe334wwd my-image-16:v1.3 → creates image with specified version

  • full name is

docker pull → get the image → it is used by command docker run automatically
docker rmi image-name → removes the image


  • its about sharing the data between hosts or containers
  • they can be persistent (lives after container is stopped) or temporary (data is gone after containers stop)

docker volume create my-volume → creates volume with name my-volume
docker run --rm -ti -v my-volume:/mount-point ubuntu bash → will mount my-volume to mount-point
docker run --rm -ti -v ~/my-folder:/mount-point ubuntu bash → will mount local folder my-folder to container

for temporary volumes
docker run --rm -ti -v /shared --name wooow ubuntu bash → so I have temp volume shared
docker run --rm -ti --volumes-from wooow --name another ubuntu bash → so I using volume from wooow container
docker run --rm -ti --volumes-from another ubuntu bash → now I took volume from another container, I will have this volume even if first original container which created volume was already closed
this volume will exist till it exist at least one container which using this volume


docker search ubuntu → search for ubuntu in docker register

Building docker images

docker build -t name-of-result . → build new image
- each line takes the image from the previous line and makes another image
- the previous image is unchange
- state is cached → so when you build second time and there was some download needed, it will be skiped
- each line is a call to docker run

docker history image_name → shows history of creating image

simple Dockerfile

FROM debian:sid
RUN apt-get -y update
RUN apt-get -y install vim
CMD ["/bin/vim", "/tmp/notes"]