Running Nginx on Docker

I’m learning how to build Docker images from Dockerfiles. Here’s my current Dockerfile:

FROM ubuntu:14.04
RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y nginx
CMD ["/usr/sbin/nginx"]

I can build this image, run it, and connect to the container with docker run -t -i -p 80:80 mytestimage /bin/bash/. Then, I can run nginx and connect to the “hello world” page from a web browser.

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Running Nginx on Docker”

    you need to add following in Dockerfile

    CMD [“nginx”, “-g”, “daemon off;”]

    and the docker container can be run using command : docker run -d -p 8980:80 test-nginx

    above port 8980 just an example, this is configured from Dockerfile

    The problem is that nginx doesn’t run in the foreground so every time your container executes the CMD directive, it returns and then the container exits.

    You need to add the following to your /etc/nginx/nginx.conf at the top

    daemon off;

    Then you can just run your container like this:

    docker run -ti -p 80:80 mytestimage
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