Tutoriel Docker: Premiers pas avec Docker

Les conteneurs offrent un moyen léger de transférer les charges de travail des applications, comme une machine virtuelle, mais sans la surcharge et le volume généralement associés aux machines virtuelles. Avec les conteneurs, les applications et les services peuvent être empaquetés et déplacés librement entre des environnements physiques, virtuels ou cloud.

Docker, un système de création et de gestion de conteneurs créé par Docker Inc., prend la fonctionnalité de conteneur native trouvée dans Linux et la met à la disposition des utilisateurs finaux via une interface de ligne de commande et un ensemble d'API.

De nombreux composants d'application courants sont désormais disponibles sous forme de conteneurs Docker pré-emballés, ce qui facilite le déploiement de piles de logiciels en tant que composants découplés (le modèle de microservices). Cela dit, il est utile de savoir comment les pièces s'emboîtent de l'intérieur.

Ainsi, dans ce guide, j'installe le serveur Web Apache dans un conteneur Docker et j'étudie le fonctionnement de Docker en cours de route.

Installer Docker

J'utilise Ubuntu comme base de la version Docker. Ubuntu n'est pas seulement une distribution populaire et largement utilisée, mais l'équipe Docker elle-même utilise Ubuntu pour le développement, et Docker est pris en charge sur Ubuntu Server à partir des versions 12.04 et plus. Par souci de simplicité, je commence par des instructions lors de l'utilisation d'une nouvelle installation d'Ubuntu 16.04.

Préparer Ubuntu Linux pour Docker

La première chose à faire est d'obtenir la bonne version du noyau et ses en-têtes:

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

Ce processus peut prendre un certain temps et nécessitera un redémarrage lorsque vous avez terminé:

$ sudo reboot

Vous devrez peut-être également mettre à niveau d'autres packages du système par la suite:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Installez Docker sur Ubuntu

L'installation de Docker sur les distributions Linux CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu et Raspbian est facilitée grâce à un script shell que vous pouvez télécharger sur //get.docker.com/. Pour cela, vous aurez besoin de la curlcommande. Pour obtenir la dernière version de curl:

sudo apt-get install curl

Une fois que vous avez curlinstallé, récupérez le script d'installation et configurez-le en cours d'exécution:

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

Une fois l'installation du script terminée, vous voyez une note comme celle-ci, avec des détails d'installation sur la version de Docker, à la fois le client et les composants serveur:

Notez les détails en bas sur l'ajout d'utilisateurs non root à Docker. C'est pratique de le faire, mais si vous le faites, il est recommandé de créer un utilisateur non root spécifiquement pour travailler avec Docker et pour aucune autre fonction. Pour les besoins de ce didacticiel, cependant, je m'en tiens à utiliser sudopour exécuter Docker via un utilisateur non privilégié.

Vous pouvez maintenant tester un conteneur Docker de base:

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

Cette commande télécharge l'image générique Docker Ubuntu (selon le ubuntuparamètre) et exécute la /bin/bashcommande dans ce conteneur. Les options -iet -touvrent respectivement une entrée standard et un pseudo TTY. 

Si cela réussit, vous devriez voir le nom d'hôte dans l'invite de commande changer en quelque chose comme [email protected]:/#, qui indique le numéro d'identification (et le nom d'hôte) de votre nouveau conteneur en cours d'exécution. Pour quitter, tapez exit, comme vous le feriez pour quitter n'importe quelle session shell.

Vous devriez maintenant avoir une installation Docker fonctionnelle sur votre serveur. Vous pouvez le tester et obtenir des informations de base en utilisant la docker infocommande:

$ 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