Multiple docker-compose.yml files


I’m getting ready to launch my first dockerized app on Digital Ocean, automated through git. As part of the process, git runs my automated tests. However, this will wipe out my database. Is there a way to specify a docker-compose.yml file for the automated testing portion (on git) and then the actual deployment to Digital Ocean?

Thank you,



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Hi there,

Yes, it should be ok to have multiple docker-compose files in the same directory. When running the docker-compose command, you would need to specify the file with the -f flag and also specify a name of your project with -p. For example:

docker-compose -f ./docker-compose-new.yml -p new_project_name up -d

For more information I could suggest checking the official documentation here:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby