Lab: Build a Containerized Application

In this lab you’ll see how to use a Dockerfile to create a custom container using the docker build command.

This lab expects that you’re using the vagrant box with Docker installed. There is an Ansible playbook in this lab that will automate the installation of Docker. You should have created your application in the Create a Web Application lab.

Step 1: Create a Dockerfile

Like with Vagrantfile a Dockerfile lives in its own directory. You will add the Dockerfile to the ~/MyApp directory alongside the file. Copy and paste the follwing into Dockerfile:

FROM ubuntu:latest
RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y python3-pip iproute2
RUN pip3 install Flask
ENTRYPOINT ["python3"]
CMD [""]

Step 2: Build Your Container

The docker build command builds a container image from a Dockerfile.

$ docker build -t myapp:latest .

This will pull the base layers and run the commands in the recipe. When it’s done you will be able to deploy your application in a container!

Step 3: Deploy Your Container

With your container layers built you can execute your container with docker run:

$ docker run -p 80:80 myapp 

Step 4: View Your Application

You application is running, you can see it on the same URL as before:

Ansible Playbook

This playbook installs Docker and adds the vagrant user to the docker group.

- hosts: all 
  name: Install Docker CE 
  become: true 
    - name: Add Docker GPG apt Key
        state: present

    - name: Add Docker Repository
        repo: deb bionic stable
        state: present

    - name: Update apt and install docker-ce
      apt: update_cache=yes name=docker-ce state=latest

    - name: Add the vagrant user to the docker group.
        name: vagrant
        groups: docker
        append: yes

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