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Docker is a container platform. Container is not a emulation of a service or a applications. it's like you put the application in the box and the application can't go out. If your application need dependencies or specific version. All that it need go in the box to. You can use this box on all system running your container software.

You go tell me : okay, great but docker is just for developper to run and develop apps. I will tell you : No, it's also for sys admin. you can use for testing all your config and service like : SQL, nginx, apache,etc.


On Linux

You must install the package "docker" and "docker-compose".

On Windows

You must install the .exe installer.

On mac

You must go on the website of docker and login.


You can also use Kubernetes for the orchestration of your docker machine but we will see that later.

To test if docker is correctly installed, you can use

docker --version

Result returned by the above command must display something like that.

Docker version 17.12.0-ce

To get information about your installation you can use following command line.

docker info

She must display something like that.

Containers: 0
 Running: 0
 Paused: 0
 Stopped: 0
Images: 1
Server Version: 18.06.1-ce
Storage Driver: overlay2
 Backing Filesystem: extfs
 Supports d_type: true
 Native Overlay Diff: true
Logging Driver: json-file
Cgroup Driver: cgroupfs
 Volume: local
 Network: bridge host macvlan null overlay
 Log: awslogs fluentd gcplogs gelf journald json-file logentries splunk syslog
Swarm: inactive
Runtimes: runc
Default Runtime: runc
Init Binary: docker-init
containerd version:  (expected: 468a545b9edcd5932818eb9de8e72413e616e86e)
runc version: N/A (expected: 69663f0bd4b60df09991c08812a60108003fa340)
init version: v0.18.0 (expected: fec3683b971d9c3ef73f284f176672c44b448662)
Security Options:
 Profile: default
Kernel Version: 4.18.0-12-generic
Operating System: Ubuntu 18.10
OSType: linux
Architecture: x86_64
CPUs: 4
Total Memory: 5.718GiB

To test your docker use :

docker run hello-world

It's simple hello world application to test if your docker container works fine.

And a little cheatsheet for Docker command line :

## List Docker CLI commands
docker container --help

## Display Docker version and info
docker --version
docker version
docker info

## Execute Docker image
docker run hello-world

## List Docker images
docker image ls

## List Docker containers (running, all, all in quiet mode)
docker container ls
docker container ls --all
docker container ls -aq

How to use docker every day

All of your services or applications can be run on Docker container.

To do that you must do only one thing, create a "Dockerfile".

Whitin this docker file you will describe your application and all the dependencies that you will need.

Here is an exemple:

# Use an official Python runtime as a parent image
FROM python:2.7-slim

# Set the working directory to /app

# Copy the current directory contents into the container at /app
COPY . /app

# Install any needed packages specified in requirements.txt
RUN pip install --trusted-host -r requirements.txt

# Make port 80 available to the world outside this container

# Define environment variable

# Run when the container launches
CMD ["python", ""]

To build the app you must use Docker build.

docker build -t "your_image_name"

After that you can run your docker image.

docker run -p 4000:80 your_image_name