Docker-Tutorial: Beginnen Sie mit Docker

Container bieten eine einfache Möglichkeit, Anwendungs-Workloads wie eine virtuelle Maschine portabel zu machen, jedoch ohne den Overhead und die Masse, die normalerweise mit VMs verbunden sind. Mit Containern können Apps und Dienste gepackt und frei zwischen physischen, virtuellen oder Cloud-Umgebungen verschoben werden.

Docker, ein von Docker Inc. erstelltes System zur Erstellung und Verwaltung von Containern, nutzt die in Linux enthaltenen nativen Containerfunktionen und stellt sie Endbenutzern über eine Befehlszeilenschnittstelle und eine Reihe von APIs zur Verfügung.

Viele gängige Anwendungskomponenten sind jetzt als vorgefertigte Docker-Container verfügbar, sodass Softwarestapel problemlos als entkoppelte Komponenten bereitgestellt werden können (das Microservices-Modell). Das heißt, es hilft zu wissen, wie die Teile von innen nach außen zusammenpassen.

Daher installiere ich in diesem Handbuch den Apache-Webserver in einem Docker-Container und untersuche, wie Docker auf diesem Weg funktioniert.

Installieren Sie Docker

Ich verwende Ubuntu als Grundlage für den Docker-Build. Ubuntu ist nicht nur eine beliebte und weit verbreitete Distribution, sondern das Docker-Team selbst verwendet Ubuntu für die Entwicklung. Docker wird auf Ubuntu Server ab Version 12.04 unterstützt. Der Einfachheit halber beginne ich mit Anweisungen, wenn ich eine Neuinstallation von Ubuntu 16.04 verwende.

Bereiten Sie Ubuntu Linux für Docker vor

Als erstes müssen Sie die richtige Version des Kernels und seiner Header erhalten:

$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-16.04

Dieser Vorgang kann einige Zeit dauern und erfordert einen Neustart, wenn Sie fertig sind:

$ sudo reboot

Möglicherweise müssen Sie danach auch andere Pakete im System aktualisieren:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Installieren Sie Docker unter Ubuntu

Die Installation von Docker unter Linux-Distributionen von CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu und Raspbian wird durch ein Shell-Skript vereinfacht, das Sie von //get.docker.com/ herunterladen können. Dafür benötigen Sie den curlBefehl. So erhalten Sie die neueste Version von curl:

sudo apt-get install curl

Rufen Sie nach curlder Installation das Installationsskript ab und lassen Sie es laufen:

curl -s //get.docker.com | sudo sh

Wenn das Skript die Installation abgeschlossen hat, wird ein Hinweis wie der folgende mit Installationsdetails zur Docker-Version, sowohl der Client- als auch der Serverkomponente, angezeigt:

Beachten Sie die Details unten zum Hinzufügen von Nicht-Root-Benutzern zu Docker. Dies ist praktisch, aber wenn Sie dies tun, wird empfohlen, einen Nicht-Root-Benutzer speziell für die Arbeit mit Docker und für keine andere Funktion zu erstellen. Für dieses Tutorial bleibe ich jedoch bei der Verwendung sudovon Docker über einen nicht privilegierten Benutzer.

Jetzt können Sie einen einfachen Docker-Container testen:

$ sudo docker run -i -t ubuntu /bin/bash

Dieser Befehl lädt das generische Docker Ubuntu-Image (gemäß ubuntuParameter) herunter und führt den /bin/bashBefehl in diesem Container aus. Die Optionen -iund -töffnen die Standardeingabe bzw. eine Pseudo-TTY. 

Wenn dies erfolgreich ist, sollte sich der Hostname in der Eingabeaufforderung in etwas ändern [email protected]:/#, das die ID-Nummer (und den Hostnamen) Ihres neuen laufenden Containers angibt. Geben exitSie zum Verlassen Folgendes ein, wie Sie eine Shell-Sitzung verlassen würden.

Sie sollten jetzt eine funktionierende Docker-Installation auf Ihrem Server haben. Mit dem folgenden docker infoBefehl können Sie es testen und grundlegende Informationen abrufen :

$ sudo docker info

The output of the docker info command shows the number of containers and images, among other pertinent information. Note that it may be quite lengthy; this example shows only the last of two pages.

One last change you will need to make if you’re running Ubuntu’s UFW firewall is to allow for packet forwarding. You can check whether UFW is running by entering the following:

$ sudo ufw status

If the command returns a status of inactive, you can skip this next step. Otherwise you will need to edit the UFW configuration file /etc/default/ufw and change the policy for forwarding from DROP to ACCEPT. To do this using the Nano editor, enter the following:

$ sudo nano /etc/default/ufw

And change this line:

DEFAULT_FORWARD_POLICY="DROP"

To this:

DEFAULT_FORWARD_POLICY="ACCEPT"

Save the file, then run:

$ sudo ufw reload

Work with Docker images and Docker containers

Docker containers are much more efficient than virtual machines. When a container is not running a process, it is completely dormant. You might think of Docker containers as self-contained processes—when they’re not actively running, they consume no resources apart from storage.

You can view active and inactive containers using the docker ps command:

# This command will show ALL containers on the system

$ sudo docker ps  -a

# This will show only RUNNING containers

$ sudo docker ps       

You can view all available commands by simply entering docker. For an up-to-date rundown of all commands, their options, and full descriptions, consult the official command-line client documentation.

When I ran docker run earlier, that command automatically pulled an Ubuntu container image from the Docker Hub registry service. Most of the time, though, you’ll want to pull container images into the local cache ahead of time, rather than do that on demand. To do so, use docker pull, like this:

$ sudo docker pull ubuntu

A full, searchable list of images and repositories is available on the Docker Hub.

Docker images vs. containers

Something worth spelling out at this point is how images, containers, and the pull/push process all work together.

Docker containers are built from images, which are essentially shells of operating systems that contain the necessary binaries and libraries to run applications in a container.

Images are labeled with tags, essentially metadata, that make it easy to store and pull different versions of an image. Naturally, a single image can be associated with multiple tags: ubuntu:16.04, ubuntu:xenial-20171201, ubuntu:xenial, ubuntu:latest.

When I typed docker pull ubuntu earlier, I pulled the default Ubuntu image from the Ubuntu repository, which is the image tagged latest. In other words, the command docker pull ubuntu is equivalent to docker pull ubuntu:latest and (at the time of this writing) docker pull ubuntu:xenial

Note that if I had typed: 

$ sudo docker pull -a ubuntu

I would have puledl all images (the -a flag) in the Ubuntu repository into my local system. Most of the time, though, you will want either the default image or a specific version. For example, if you want the image for Ubuntu Saucy Salamander, you’d use docker pull -a ubuntu:saucy to fetch the image with that particular tag from that repo.

The same logic behind repos and tags applies to other manipulations of images. If you pulled saucy as per the above example, you would run it by typing sudo docker run -i -t ubuntu:saucy /bin/bash. If you type sudo docker image rm ubuntu, to remove the ubuntu image, it will remove only the image tagged latest . To remove images other than the default, such as Ubuntu Saucy, you must include the appropriate tag:

sudo docker image rm ubuntu:saucy

Docker image and container workflow

Back to working with images. Once you’ve pulled an image, whatever it may be, you create a live container from it (as I’ve shown) by executing the docker run command. After you have added software and changed any settings inside the container, you can create a new image from those changes by using the docker commit command.

It’s important to note that Docker only stores the deltas, or changes, in images built from other images. As you build your own images, only the changes you make to the base image are stored in the new image, which links back to the base image for all its dependencies. Thus you can create images that have a virtual size of 266MB, but take up only a few megabytes on disk, due to this efficiency.

Fully configured containers can then be pushed up to a central repository to be used elsewhere in the organization or even shared publicly. In this way, an application developer can publish a public container for an app, or you can create private repositories to store all the containers used internally by your organization.

Create a new Docker image from a container

Now that you have a better understanding of how images and containers work, let’s set up a Apache web server container and make it permanent.

Start with a new Docker container

First, you need to build a new container. There are a few ways to do this, but because you have a few commands to run, start a root shell in a new container:

$ sudo docker run -i -t --name apache_web ubuntu /bin/bash

This creates a new container with a unique ID and the name apache_web. It also gives you a root shell because you specified /bin/bash as the command to run. Now install the Apache web server using apt-get:

[email protected]:/# apt-get update

[email protected]:/# apt-get install apache2

Note that you don’t need to use sudo, because your’re running as root inside the container. Note that you do need to run apt-get update, because, again, the package list inside the container is not the same as the one outside of it.

The normal apt-get output appears, and the Apache2 package is installed in your new container. Once the install has completed, start Apache, install curl, and test the installation, all from within your container:

[email protected]:/# service apache2 start

[email protected]:/# apt-get install curl

[email protected]:/# curl //localhost

Following the last command, you should see the raw HTML of the default Apache page displayed in the console. This means our Apache server is installed and running in your container.

If you were doing this in a production environment, you’d next configure Apache to your requirements and install an application for it to serve. Docker letd directories outside a container be mapped to paths inside it, so one approach is to store your web app in a directory on the host and make it visible to the container through a mapping.

Create a startup script for a Docker container

Remember that a Docker container runs only as long as its process or processes are active. So if the process you launch when you first run a container moves into the background, like a system daemon, Docker will stop the container. Therefore, you need to run Apache in the foreground when the container launches, so that the container doesn’t exit as soon as it fires up.

Create a script, startapache.sh, in /usr/local/sbin: 

# You might need to first install Nano inside the container

[email protected]:/# apt-get install nano

[email protected]:/# nano /usr/local/sbin/startapache.sh

In the startapache.sh file, add these lines:

#!/bin/bash

. /etc/apache2/envvars

/usr/sbin/apache2 -D FOREGROUND

Write the changes and save the file. Then make it executable:

[email protected]:/# chmod +x /usr/local/sbin/startapache.sh

All this small script does is bring in the appropriate environment variables for Apache and start the Apache process in the foreground.

You’re done modifying the contents of the container, so you can leave the container by typing exit. When you exit the container, the container will stop.

Commit the container to create a new Docker image

Now you need to commit the container to save the changes you’ve made:

$ sudo docker commit apache_web local:apache_web

The commit will save your container as a new image and return a unique ID. The argument local:apache_web will cause the commit to be placed in a local repository named local with a tag of apache_web.

You can see this by running the command sudo docker images:

REPOSITORY  TAG         IMAGE ID      CREATED      VIRTUAL SIZE

local       apache_web  d95238078ab0  4 minutes ago  284.1 MB

Note that the exact details of your image—the image ID, the size of the container—will be different from my example.

Docker containers are designed to be immutable. Whenever you commit changes to a container, the results are written out to an entirely new container, never to the original. If you want to swap out Apache with, say, Nginx, you would start with the original ubuntu:latest container, add Nginx to that, and save out the results as an all-new container named something like local:nginx.

Understand Docker networking basics

Now that you have our image, you can start our container and begin serving pages. Before you do, however, let me take a moment to explain how Docker handles networking.

When Docker is installed, it creates three virtual networks that can be used by Docker containers:

  • bridge: This is the network that containers connect to by default. The bridge network allows containers to talk to each other directly, but not to the host system.
  • host: This network lets containers be seen by the host directly, as if any apps within them were running as local network services.
  • none: This is essentially a null or loopback network. A container connected to none can’t see anything but itself.

When you want to launch a container and have it communicate with both other containers and the outside world, you need to manually map ports from that container to the host. For the sake of my example, you can do this on the command line when you launch your newly created container:

$ sudo docker run -d -p 8080:80 --name apache local:apache_web /usr/local/sbin/startapache.sh