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Docker is a container technology a.k.a container runtime. Cointainers standardize software packaging. It’s a well timed fusion of

Think of a container not as a virtual machine but a very lightweight wrapper around an isolated group of processes. These processes are restricted to private root filesystem and process namespace.

Docker revision-controls:

  1. filesystem layers
  2. image tags



Docker server - the docker command run in daemon mode on a Linux host:

$ sudo docker -d -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock -H tcp://

Docker container - a Linux container that has been instantiated from a Docker image

Docker image - one or more filesystem layers and metadata that represent all the files required to run a Dockerized application


Two ways to launch a container:

To create a custom image you need a Dockerfile - each line in a Dockerfile creates a new image layer that is stored by Docker

Build an image:

git clone
cd docker-node-hello
docker build -t example/docker-node-hello:latest .

Run an image (or a container?):

docker run -d -p 80:8080 example/docker-node-hello:latest

Remove an image:

docker images
docker rmi <image_id>

Remove all images on your Docker host:

docker rmi $(docker images -q)


A container is a self-contained execution environment that shares the kernel of the host system and which is isolated from other containers in the system.

Containers are a Linux only technology.

Create a container (see also “Run an image” above):

docker run --rm -it ubuntu /bin/bash

Get into a running container:

docker ps
docker exec -it <container_id> /bin/bash # new process created in the container

Stop a container:

docker stop <container_id>

Remove a container:

docker ps -a
docker rm <container_id>

Remove all containers on your Docker host:

docker rm  $(docker ps -a -q)


Add a volume to a container (-v):

$ docker run -v /data --rm --hostname web --name web -d nginx
$ docker inspect -f '{{ json .Mounts }}' web | jq # note source and destination keys
    "Type": "volume",
    "Name": "2d80bc1056787f16b71fb0edced98b3036252083044b1c8db536627c2544a121",
    "Source": "/var/lib/docker/volumes/2d80bc1056787f16b71fb0edced98b3036252083044b1c8db536627c2544a121/_data",
    "Destination": "/data",
    "Driver": "local",
    "Mode": "",
    "RW": true,
    "Propagation": ""

Add bind volume (mount volume on the host and in a container simultaneously):

$ docker run -v /mnt/data:/data --rm --name web -d nginx
$ docker inspect -f '{{ json .Mounts }}' web

Have a data volume container:

$ docker create -v /mnt/data:/data --name nginx-data nginx          # never runs
$ docker run --volumes-from nginx-data -p80:80 --name web -d nginx


During installation Docker creates three default networks:

$ docker network ls
NETWORK ID          NAME                DRIVER              SCOPE
0e07cd43ad1b        bridge              bridge              local
1876373e07e4        host                host                local
e3f087868688        none                null                local
  1. bridge (virtual switch) is the default –> private namespaced network within the host (which acts as poor man’s router); you decide which ports get exposed to the outside world
  2. with host networking no separate network namespace is used (docker run --net host ...)
  3. none is for advanced use cases

When you use -p Docker creates iptables rules that route traffic from the host’s public interface on the container’s interface on the bridge network.


If you want to change DNS servers used when building and running images:

$ cat /etc/docker/daemon.json
    "dns": ["", ""]

To verify:

docker run --rm -it busybox cat /etc/resolv.conf

Monitoring and cleanup

Containers’ statistics:

docker stats [--no-stream]

Clean up:

# you will be asked to confirm
docker system prune                               # containers, networks, images
docker images prune                               # only images

# be careful!
docker volume rm $(docker volume ls -qf dangling=true)  # volumes

Limiting a container’s resources


To limit the memory resource to 500 MB and forbid access to swap for a container:

docker run --rm -it --name mem-muncher --memory=500m --memory-swap=500m mem-muncher

See mem-muncher and presentation for more.