Docker input/output outside the container

I created a docker container with a python script. The python script takes an input file, does some processing and saves output file at some specified location.

docker run /app/ --input /data/input.csv --output /data/output.csv

Since the input file can be different every time I run the script, I want it to be outside the docker container. I also would like to store the output somewhere outside the container.

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  • docker run /app/ --input /my/local/location/outside/docker/input.csv --output /my/local/location/outside/docker/output.csv

    Does docker support this? If so, how would one be able to achieve it?

    My Dockerfile looks like the following:

    FROM phusion/baseimage
    RUN apt-get update
    RUN apt-get install -y build-essential
    RUN apt-get install -y python-dev
    RUN apt-get install -y python-pip
    RUN apt-get install -y python-numpy && \
        apt-get install -y python-scipy
    COPY ./requirements.txt /app/requirements.txt
    COPY ./src/ /app/
    WORKDIR /app
    COPY . /app

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    You could mount a directory with the file inside as a Docker data volume using the -v option:

    docker run -d -P --name myapp -v /app mydir/app python

    This will have the added benefit of allowing you to stop the container, make changes to the file, and start the container and see the change reflected within the container.

    so you should add to your Dockerfile a line

    ENTRYPOINT ["python","/app/"]

    and a

    CMD myinput

    or something similar,


    What is the difference between CMD and ENTRYPOINT in a Dockerfile?

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