In this article, we want to teach you How to Install and Use Docker on AlmaLinux 8.
Docker is an open-source platform that is set up based on a Linux operation system. It is a tool that can ease the creation, implementation, and performance processes with the containers.
To get more details about Docker you can check our article about What is Docker and How does it work.
How To Install and Use Docker on AlmaLinux 8
To install Docker on AlmaLinux 8 you need some requirements first.
A fresh AlmaLinux 8. and you need to log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. to do this you can visit our article about the Initial server setup with AlmaLinux 8.
Install Docker on Almalinux 8
You need to update and upgrade the system’s package repository with the following command:
sudo dnf update && dnf upgrade
Now you need to install the EPEL repository on AlmaLinux 8 with the following command:
sudo dnf install epel-release
If the podman and buildah packages exist you need to remove them with the following command:
sudo dnf remove podman buildah
Then, you need to add the official Docker CE repository on AlmaLinux 8 with the following command:
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo
At this point, install the Docker-CE package on AlmaLinux 8 with the following command:
sudo dnf install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io
When your installation is completed, start and enable the Docker service with the following command:
sudo systemctl start docker.service sudo systemctl enable docker.service
To check that your service is active and running, run the following command:
sudo systemctl status docker
In your output, you will see:
Output docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor pres> Active: active (running) since Tue 2021-09-14 12:40:31 EDT; 3h 59min left Docs: https://docs.docker.com Main PID: 637 (dockerd) Tasks: 8 Memory: 112.8M CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service └─637 /usr/bin/dockerd -H fd:// --containerd=/run/containerd/contain>
Here your service is active and running. here you have the docker command-line utility too.
Note: As we mentioned before to run the docker commands you need to log in as a non-root user with root privileges. or you can run a command with a user that is in a docker group which is created during the installation of Docker.
If you don’t want to use Sudo to run docker commands, you need to add your user to the docker group. to do this run the following command:
sudo usermod -aG docker $(whoami)
At this point, log out of your server then back in with the same user to enable these changes.
If you need to add a user to the docker group that you’re not logged in as, run the following command:
sudo usermod -aG docker username
Let’s see how to use docker on AlmaLinux 8.
How To Use Docker on AlmaLinux 8
After the installation of Docker on AlmaLinux 8 is finished, let’s see how to use the docker command-line utility.
The syntax of the Docker command is like this:
docker [option] [command] [arguments]
Run the command below to see the options and available commands on the docker:
In your output, you will see:
OutPut Usage: docker [OPTIONS] COMMAND A self-sufficient runtime for containers Options: --config string Location of client config files (default "/root/.docker") -c, --context string Name of the context to use to connect to the daemon (overrides DOCKER_HOST env var and default context set with "docker context use") -D, --debug Enable debug mode -H, --host list Daemon socket(s) to connect to -l, --log-level string Set the logging level ("debug"|"info"|"warn"|"error"|"fatal") (default "info") --tls Use TLS; implied by --tlsverify --tlscacert string Trust certs signed only by this CA (default "/root/.docker/ca.pem") --tlscert string Path to TLS certificate file (default "/root/.docker/cert.pem") --tlskey string Path to TLS key file (default "/root/.docker/key.pem") --tlsverify Use TLS and verify the remote -v, --version Print version information and quit Management Commands: app* Docker App (Docker Inc., v0.9.1-beta3) builder Manage builds buildx* Build with BuildKit (Docker Inc., v0.6.1-docker) config Manage Docker configs container Manage containers context Manage contexts image Manage images manifest Manage Docker image manifests and manifest lists network Manage networks node Manage Swarm nodes plugin Manage plugins scan* Docker Scan (Docker Inc., v0.8.0) secret Manage Docker secrets service Manage services stack Manage Docker stacks swarm Manage Swarm ...
How To Work with Docker images
The Docker Image is a portable file that contains a set of instructions that specify which software components the Container should run and how to run it.
At this point, let’s try to download and run the “hello-world” Docker image from the Docker hub. For this execute the docker command with the subcommand run like the following command:
sudo docker run hello-world
In your output, you should see:
Output Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally latest: Pulling from library/hello-world b8dfde127a29: Pull complete Digest: sha256:7d91b69e04a9029b99f3585aaaccae2baa80bcf318f4a5d2165a9898cd2dc0a1 Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest Hello from Docker! This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly. To generate this message, Docker took the following steps: The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the executable that produces the output you are currently reading. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it ...
Also, you can search for a Docker image that if the image exists or is not in the Docker hub. for example we search for the AlmaLinux :
sudo docker search almalinux
Output NAME DESCRIPTION STARS OFFICIAL AUTOMATED almalinux The official build of AlmaLinux OS. 41 [OK] almalinux/almalinux DEPRECATION NOTICE: This image is depre cated… 9 amd64/almalinux The official build of AlmaLinux OS. 1 arm64v8/almalinux The official build of AlmaLinux OS. 1 almalinux/mirror_service AlmaLinux OS mirror service. 1 super685/almalinuxssh 1 koichimurakamik6/almalinux AlmaLinux K6 SDK 1 ...
After you find the docker image that you want, use the pull subcommand to get your docker image:
sudo docker pull almalinux
Output Using default tag: latest latest: Pulling from library/almalinux ba2c2d4a4d0c: Pull complete Digest: sha256:7843d8cb9fb74495159ba58d27421cbc408d1760ce94b5bf54e8ebda83272199 Status: Downloaded newer image for almalinux:latest docker.io/library/almalinux:latest
When the image is downloaded successfully, you can run the image with the following command:
sudo docker run almalinux
Now, you can list docker images with the following command:
sudo docker images
You will see:
Output REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE almalinux latest 7a497d63e726 2 months ago 209MB hello-world latest d1165f221234 6 months ago 13.3kB
You need to know about docker containers too. let’s see how Docker containers work on AlmaLinux 8.
How to run a Docker container
Against virtual machines, are containers. they can be the best replacement for virtual machines. containers separate the executive environments and share the operation system’s core.
To run the container with an Almalinux image, run the command below:
sudo docker run -it almalinux
Note: -it switch gives you interactive shell access into the container.
Your output should similar to this:
[[email protected] /]#
Important Note: remember the container ID. here it is db8e8012568f.
Now you can run any command inside the container. For example, install the MySQL server in the running container. No need to run any command with sudo, because you’re operating inside the container with root privileges.
To install MySQL in the running container use the following command:
dnf install mysql
How to commit changes in a container to a Docker image
In this step, you learn how to save the state of a container as a new Docker image on AlmaLinux 8.
After you installed MariaDB in the Almalinux container, now you have a container running off an image, but the container is different from the image you used to create it.
First of all, you need to exit from it to save the state of the container as a new Docker image.
Then, run the command below:
sudo docker commit -m "What did you do to the image" -a "Author Name" container-id repository/new_image_name
sudo docker commit -m "install mysql" -a "olivia" 8ff73d2a54e1 almalinux
Note: Remember to replace the container ID with your own.
Now you can list your docker images:
sudo docker images
Your output should similar to this:
Output REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE almalinux latest d8597396d8df 10 seconds ago 499MB almalinux <none> 7a497d63e726 2 months ago 209MB hello-world latest d1165f221234 6 months ago 13.3kB
The size difference means the changes were made.
How to List Docker containers
In this step, we want to show how to list Docker containers on AlmaLinux 8.
To see active containers run the following command:
Output CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES
You can see all containers including active and non-active with the command below:
docker ps -a
Output CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES db8e8012568f 7a497d63e726 "/bin/bash" 24 hours ago Exited (0) 24 hours ago objective_mcnulty 43533bb6e777 7a497d63e726 "/bin/bash" 24 hours ago Exited (0) 24 hours ago funny_turing a17f0282bb61 hello-world "/hello" 24 hours ago Exited (0) 24 hours ago relaxed_banzai
If you want to see the latest container you created type:
docker ps -l
To stop a running or active container run the following command:
docker stop container-id
Note: The container-id can be found in the output from the docker ps command.
How to push Docker images to a Docker repository
After you create a new image from an existing image you may want to share it with a few of your friends, the whole world on Docker Hub, or other Docker registries that you have access to. To push an image to Docker Hub or any other Docker registry, you must have an account there.
To have an account on Docker hub you need to register at Docker Hub.
If you want to log in to the Docker hub you will be asked for authentication :
docker login -u docker-registry-username
If you enter the correct password, authentication should succeed. Then you may push your own image using the following command:
docker push docker-registry-username/docker-image-name
It will take a little time to complete. After you push an image to a registry, it should be listed on your account’s dashboard.
Note: If a push attempt results in an error of this sort, log in, then repeat the push attempt.
At this point, you learn what Docker is and you can easily install it on your server and use it.
Hope you enjoy this article about How to Install and Use Docker on AlmaLinux 8.
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