Working with docker on windows 7, 8
So its no secret I’m a docker fan. In-fact, I’ve been a fan of docker since the early betas. I work in an office, with a high amount of people running some form of windows, and I hear this quote quite a lot.
Now people in the docker community know you can run docker on many operating systems. The docker toolkits for windows and mac provide GUI abstractions over the docker services. However, we can use the actual tools these GUI wrappers use to work with docker containers. In the early days of docker, a tool existed called
boot2docker. This was replaced with a newer tool called
docker-machine. These are the actual tools the docker toolkits use to provision linux virtual machines to help you work with containers.
Setting up your environment
You will need
docker-compose in your path. These are simple executables, the easiest way to get them is to use chocolatey a package manager for windows (think brew, apt-get, etc.). You will also need a hypervisor (tool that can run virtual machines). In this case I’m using Virtualbox, but you may use Hyper-V, etc. Virtual box is a lightweight hypervisor (it can run vm’s) created by oracle.
choco install -y docker docker-machine docker-compose
Ok, next you will need to use docker-machine to create you a virtual machine running Linux. We’ll give it the name mydock, you can name it however you like.
docker-machine create --driver virtualbox mydock
Now when we open a new terminal every time we’ll need
docker-machine to configure our shell with some environmental variables. The env command will spit out a script to set the variables for your shell. You can pipe this to
invoke-expression in powershell, or copy and execute the output in
docker-machine env mydock | invoke-expression
Now you have done that, you should be up and running. Since you are running a virtual machine, its likely it will stop when you reboot your computer. You can start it with
docker-machine start mydock.