Search for remote image

docker search ubuntu  # will search for ubuntu distrib

List of Ubuntu images

Install & Run Linux distribution

docker pull debian  # will install debian
docker pull ubuntu:16.04
docker pull centos

List local Docker images

docker images

Run Docker image

To run in interactive mode, use flag -i

docker run -it IMAGE /bin/bash
docker run -it ubuntu:trusty /bin/bash
docker run -it ubuntu:16.04

Remove Docker image or containers (force deletion)

docker rmi -f IMAGE_ID
docker rmi $(docker images -a -q)  # WARNING!!! This will remove all images
docker rm $(docker ps -a -f status=exited -q)  # WARNING!!! This will remove all containers

Save a Docker image

The example below shows how to install useful items on a standard ubuntu image, and then save the image locally.

# launch docker
docker pull ubuntu:16.04
docker run ubuntu:16.04
# inside image
apt-get update
yes | apt install git curl bzip2
# open another Terminal
# list current docker images
docker ps -a
# save container as new image
docker commit <container_id> your_name/ubuntu:16.04

Build Docker container from Dockerfile

  1. Create a Dockerfile by running `touch Dockerfile`
  2. Inside the Dockerfile write the following (items below are just given as an example):
FROM centos:latest
RUN yum -y update \
&& yum -y install git bzip2 gcc wget which mesa-libGL unzip \
&& yum clean all 
# Fetch SCT from source and install (at root directory)
RUN git clone sct; \
  cd sct; \
  yes | ./install_sct
# Add SCT executable to the system env 
ENV PATH "/sct/bin:${PATH}"
  1. Build docker image: `docker build -t <container_id> .`
  2. Run it: `docker run -it <container_id>`

Run with DISPLAY redirection

In order to run scripts with GUI you need to allow X11 redirection:

  1. Install XQuartz X11 server and run it.
  2. In preferences, check ‘Allow connections from network clientsoption inXQuartz` settings.
  3. Quit and restart XQuartz.
  4. In XQuartz window xhost +
  5. In your other Terminal window, run:
    1. On OSX: `docker run -e DISPLAY=host.docker.internal:0 -it <CONTAINER_ID>`
    2. On Linux: `docker run -ti –rm -e DISPLAY=$DISPLAY -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix <CONTAINER_ID>`

Copy file into container

# list container
docker ps
# copy file
docker cp <file> <CONTAINER ID>:<PATH_DEST>/<file>

Examples of Docker builder: