How To Install Docker on Ubuntu 14.04

r00t June 6, 2015

Install Docker on Ubuntu 14.04

For those of you who didn’t know, Docker is an open-source tool that makes creating and managing Linux containers (LXC) easy. With Docker, the applications resides inside the container on top of the Linux operating system. Docker uses Kernel features such as cgroups and namespace to allow independent container to run on single os instance.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation Docker on Ubuntu 14.04.

Step 1. First of all make sure that all packages are up to date.

Step 2. Install Docker using the apt-get command.

Start and enable Docker service:

Create a symlink to the Docker executable so that the Docker documentation commands can be executed without changing the path. This is required because the Ubuntu package for Docker is installed to a different directory to the default Docker recommendation:

Step 3. Download Docker Container.

Let’s begin using Docker, Download the ubuntu Docker image:

Step 4. Run a Docker Container.

As we can see ubuntu container has been started and we got the bash shell. In docker command we have used options like ‘-i attaches stdin and stdout’ and ‘-t allocates a terminal or console’. Once you exit the shell, the Docker image will be switched off.

Alternatively, you may want to launch a specific version of Ubuntu: a container can contain multiple images. This command shows the available images that you have downloaded so far:

Now if you want to launch another version, you can simply preprend the TAG of the version you want to launch to the container in this way:

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Docker. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Docker on Ubuntu 14.04 system.

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