This topic describes how to deploy and use Docker on an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance that runs a CentOS 8.1 64-bit operating system. This topic is intended for developers who are familiar with Linux but new to Alibaba Cloud ECS.


An ECS instance that runs a CentOS 8.1 64-bit operating system is created. For more information, see Create an instance by using the wizard.

In this topic, an instance that has the following configurations is used:
  • Instance type: ecs.g6.large
  • Operating system: CentOS 8.1 64-bit
  • Network type: Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • IP address: public IP address

Background information

This topic describes the following operations:
  • Deploy Docker. For more information, see the Deploy Docker section.
  • Use Docker.
    • For information about how to use Docker, see the Use Docker section.
    • For information about how to create a Docker image, see the Create a Docker image section.

Deploy Docker

This section describes how to manually install Docker. You can also purchase a Docker image from Alibaba Cloud Marketplace to deploy Docker on an ECS instance in one click.

  1. Connect to an ECS instance.
    For more information about connection methods, see Connection methods.
  2. Change the CentOS 8 repository address.

    CentOS 8 has reached its end of life (EOL). In accordance with Linux community rules, all content has been removed from the following CentOS 8 repository address: If you continue to use the default CentOS 8 repository configurations on Alibaba Cloud, an error is reported. To use specific installation packages of CentOS 8, change the CentOS 8 repository address. For more information, see Change CentOS 8 repository addresses.

  3. Run the following command to install Dandified YUM (DNF).
    DNF is the next-generation RPM package manager.
    yum -y install dnf
  4. Run the following command to install the dependency of the Docker storage driver:
    dnf install -y device-mapper-persistent-data lvm2
  5. Run the following command to add a stable Docker repository:
    dnf config-manager --add-repo=
  6. Run the following command to view the added Docker repository:
    dnf list docker-ce
    Sample command output:
    docker-ce.x86_64        3:19.03.13-3.el7        docker-ce-stable
  7. Run the following command to install Docker:
    dnf install -y docker-ce --nobest
  8. Run the following command to start Docker:
    systemctl start docker

Use Docker

Docker can be used in the following ways:
  • Manage the Docker daemon.
    systemctl start docker     #Run the Docker daemon.
    systemctl stop docker      #Stop the Docker daemon.
    systemctl restart docker   #Restart the Docker daemon.
    systemctl enable docker    #Configure Docker to run on system startup.
    systemctl status docker    #Check the running state of Docker.
  • Manage images. In the following example, an Apache image from Alibaba Cloud Container Registry is used:
    docker pull
    • Modify tags. The names of images from Alibaba Cloud Container Registry are long. Use tags to make the images easy to identify.
      docker tag aliweb:v1
    • View existing images.
      docker images
    • Forcefully delete an image.
      docker rmi -f
  • Manage containers.
    • Access the container. Run the docker images command to obtain the ImageId value, which is e1abc****. Then, run the docker run command to access the container.
      docker run -it e1abc**** /bin/bash
    • Exit the container. Run the exit command to exit the container.
    • Add the –d parameter to the run command to run the container in the background. Add the --name parameter to the command to specify apache as the container name.
      docker run -d --name apache e1abc****
    • Access the container that runs in the background.
      docker exec -it apache /bin/bash
    • Query the container ID.
      docker ps
    • Create an image from the container by using the following command syntax: docker commit <Container ID or container name> [<Repository name>[:<Tag>]].
      docker commit containerID/containerName repository:tag
    • For testing and restore purposes, run the image and derive a new image that has a simple name. Then, test the new image.
      docker commit 4c8066cd8**** apachephp:v1
    • Run the container and map port 8080 of the host on which the ECS instance resides to the container.
      docker run -d -p 8080:80 apachephp:v1
      In a browser, enter <IP address of the ECS instance>:8080 to connect to the container. A page similar to the one shown in the following figure indicates that the container runs normally.
      Note An inbound rule must be added to a security group of the ECS instance to allow inbound traffic on port 8080. For more information, see Add a security group rule.
      Mapping result

Create a Docker image

  1. Prepare Dockerfile.
    1. Create and edit Dockerfile.
      vim Dockerfile
    2. Press the I key to enter the edit mode. Add the following content to the file:
      #Declare a base image. 
      FROM apachephp:v1
      #Declare the owner of the base image. 
      #Specify the commands that you want to run before the container starts. You must append these commands to the end of the RUN command. Dockerfile can contain up to 127 lines. If the total length of your commands exceeds 127 lines, we recommend that you write these commands to a script. 
      RUN mkdir /dtstact
      #Specify the commands that are run on system startup. The last command must be a frontend command that runs constantly. Otherwise, the container exits after all commands are run. 
      ENTRYPOINT ping
    3. Press the Esc key. Enter :wq and press the Enter key to save and exit Dockerfile.
  2. Create an image.
    docker build -t webcentos8:v1 .    # . at the end of the command line specifies the path of Dockerfile and must be provided.
    docker images                                #Check whether the image is created.
  3. Run the container and check its state.
    docker run -d webcentos8:v1           #Run the container in the background.
    docker ps                             #Query the containers that are in the running state.
    docker ps -a                          #Query all containers, including those in the stopped state.
    docker logs CONTAINER ID/IMAGE        #If the container does not appear in the query results, check the startup log to troubleshoot the issue based on the container ID or name.
  4. Create an image.
    docker commit fb2844b6**** dtstackweb:v1     #Append the container ID and the name and version number of the new image to the end of the commit parameter. 
    docker images                                #Query images that are downloaded and created on premises. 
  5. Push the image to a remote repository.
    By default, the image is pushed to Docker Hub. You must log on to Docker, add a tag to the image, and then name the image in the <Docker username>/<Image name>:<Tag> format. Then, the image is pushed to the remote repository.
    docker login --username=dtstack_plus #Enter the password of the image repository after you run this command. 
    docker tag [ImageId][Tag]
    docker push[Tag]