Dockerfile for multiple Docker containers

I am working with Docker and I have a web-app that requires the following:

  1. Tomcat
  2. PostgresSQL
  3. MongoDB

To install item 2 and 3 I do the following:

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  • I can run a command for PostgresSQL like :

    docker run --name some-postgres -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=mysecretpassword -d postgres

    For Mongodb I run:

    docker run --name some-mongo -d mongo

    For Tomcat, I have a Dockerfile with Tomcat and copying my war to the apps folder. I build the image using Docker and run it.

    My question is whether there is a better way to coordinate this step by step via separate script? Is Docker compose the solution for this?


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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Dockerfile for multiple Docker containers”

    A Dockerfile is a recipe for building an image, which is a template for starting containers. To describe a system that is made of multiple containers using standardized images, you would use docker-compose, not a new Dockerfile. You would use a Dockerfile to customize a pre-existing docker image, like mysql or node or ubuntu, for some specific use.

    docker-compose allows you to express multiple docker commands as a .yml file in a specific format.

    You can then use docker-compose up to start the set of containers.

    The docker-compose .yml file for your example might start looking somewhat like this

        image: postgres
        image: mongo

    You would add links between the containers with a links: line. These and other details are in the docs.

    Basically docker-compose is just a yaml file implementation of docker run.
    As docker run has arguments passed to it, these exact same arguments are stipulated in docker compose in a yaml format instead of on the command line.
    Docker compose supports multiple containers too.

    Docker compose has a few other nice features such as docker-compose logs , this command gives logs of all containers started by compose.

    Docker will be the best open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.