How To Install and Use Docker on Ubuntu 16.04 – Part 4 and 5

If this is your first time here, you might find the previous tutorials quite useful, here are the links below:
How To Install and Use Docker on Ubuntu 16.04
How To Install and Use Docker on Ubuntu 16.04 – Part 2 and 3

Step 4 — Working with Docker Images

Docker containers are run from Docker images. By default, it pulls these images from Docker Hub, a Docker registry managed by Docker, the company behind the Docker project. Anybody can build and host their Docker images on Docker Hub, so most applications and Linux distributions you’ll need to run Docker containers have images that are hosted on Docker Hub.

To check whether you can access and download images from Docker Hub, type:

docker run hello-world

The output, which should include the following, should indicate that Docker in working correctly:

Hello from Docker.
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

You can search for images available on Docker Hub by using the docker command with the search subcommand. For example, to search for the Ubuntu image, type:

docker search ubuntu

The script will crawl Docker Hub and return a listing of all images whose name match the search string. In this case, the output will be similar to this:


NAME                              DESCRIPTION                                     STARS     OFFICIAL   AUTOMATED
ubuntu                            Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating s...   3808      [OK]       
ubuntu-upstart                    Upstart is an event-based replacement for ...   61        [OK]       
torusware/speedus-ubuntu          Always updated official Ubuntu docker imag...   25                   [OK]
rastasheep/ubuntu-sshd            Dockerized SSH service, built on top of of...   24                   [OK]
ubuntu-debootstrap                debootstrap --variant=minbase --components...   23        [OK]       
nickistre/ubuntu-lamp             LAMP server on Ubuntu                           6                    [OK]
nickistre/ubuntu-lamp-wordpress   LAMP on Ubuntu with wp-cli installed            5                    [OK]
nuagebec/ubuntu                   Simple always updated Ubuntu docker images...   4                    [OK]
nimmis/ubuntu                     This is a docker images different LTS vers...   4                    [OK]
maxexcloo/ubuntu                  Docker base image built on Ubuntu with Sup...   2                    [OK]
admiringworm/ubuntu               Base ubuntu images based on the official u...   1                    [OK]


In the OFFICIAL column, OK indicates an image built and supported by the company behind the project. Once you’ve identified the image that you would like to use, you can download it to your computer using the pull subcommand, like so:

docker pull ubuntu

After an image has been downloaded, you may then run a container using the downloaded image with the run subcommand. If an image has not been downloaded when docker is executed with the run subcommand, the Docker client will first download the image, then run a container using it:

docker run ubuntu

To see the images that have been downloaded to your computer, type:

docker images

The output should look similar to the following:

REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
ubuntu              latest              c5f1cf30c96b        7 days ago          120.8 MB
hello-world         latest              94df4f0ce8a4        2 weeks ago         967 B

As you’ll see later in this tutorial, images that you use to run containers can be modified and used to generate new images, which may then be uploaded (pushed is the technical term) to Docker Hub or other Docker registries.

Step 5 — Running a Docker Container

The hello-world container you ran in the previous is an example of a container that runs and exits, after emitting a test message. Containers, however, can be much more useful than that, and they can be interactive. After all, they are similar to virtual machines, only more resource-friendly.

As an example, let’s run a container using the latest image of Ubuntu. The combination of the -i and -t switches gives you interactive shell access into the container:

docker run -it ubuntu

Your command prompt should change to reflect the fact that you’re now working inside the container and should take this form:


Important: Note the container id in the command prompt. In the above example, it is d9b100f2f636.

Now you may run any command inside the container. For example, let’s update the package database inside the container. No need to prefix any command with sudo, because you’re operating inside the container with root privileges:

apt-get update

Then install any application in it. Let’s install NodeJS, for example.

apt-get install -y nodejs


Hope you found these docker tutorials useful and thanks to Digital Ocean community for the resources.



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