Kickstart Docker Container on Ubuntu

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Docker Container

Hello Folks!

I have an idea regarding what’s Docker is. I keep on hearing and reading about it across communities. Since I am also an IT person, I have started to deep dive into Docker.

This is a guide to get started with using Dockers. First of all, here is my system spec with which I am playing.

Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic

First of all, remove any trace of existing installation in case you have too played earlier but left the game in between :).

$ sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine

Now, add docker APT repository to get the latest docker engine instead of using Ubuntu official repository.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common

# Add APT key
$ curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

# Verify key
$ sudo apt-key fingerprint 0EBFCD88

# Add repo
$ sudo add-apt-repository \
"deb [arch=amd64] \
$(lsb_release -cs) \

$ sudo apt-get update

Install docker community edition.

$ sudo apt-get install docker-ce

Now, let’s verify if installation went fine by spawning a new container.

$ sudo docker run hello-world

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

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.

To try something more ambitious, you can run an Ubuntu container with:
$ docker run -it ubuntu bash

docker run command is a sequence of two commands i.e. create and start container. If there is no service that keeps on running in foreground, then container will shutdown after start.

Above will create a new container that can be simply started again instead of creating new one. Following lists all containers created

$ sudo docker container ls --all
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED              STATUS                          PORTS               NAMES
d5ee7808b004        hello-world         "/hello"            7 hours ago          Exited (0) 2 minutes ago                              festive_villani

Now, let’s run a container and login to it.

$ sudo docker run -it ubuntu bash
root@06ea4e086c3c:/# hostname -f

Thank you guys for reading. Have a nice day 🙂


Hey Friends, Thank you for visiting my blog and spending some of your precious time reading it. Myself Aryan who works with a variety of computer technologies. This blog is a write-up of my understanding of various topics after reading different materials about it. I hope that it helps you in some way. Enjoy reading and feel free to connect with me.


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