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Hello, readers! In this article, we will be focusing on Building an Apache Web Server through a Dockerfile.
So, let us begin!
Apache Server is an open source web server to configure and host the web applications online and locally as well using
localhost as the medium.
It requires a lot of configuration when one wishes to set up an Apache server on the workstation.
To reduce this over, Docker has introduced the concept of Dockerfile to build and set up configurations easily.
In the course of this topic, we will be setting up Apache server on our systems with just minimal steps to work with.
We need to follow the below steps to set up an Apache Server through a Dockerfile:
At first, we make use of the
mkdir command to create a directory specifically for all the Apache-related files.
- mkdir apache_folder
Having created a folder, now we go ahead and create a Dockerfile within that folder with the
- vi Dockerfile
As soon as we execute the previous command, a
vi editor opens. Paste the following content in the Dockerfile:
- FROM ubuntu
- RUN apt update
- RUN apt install –y apache2
- RUN apt install –y apache2-utils
- RUN apt clean
- EXPOSE 80
- CMD [“apache2ctl”, “-D”, “FOREGROUND”]
To exit the editor, press
Now, we build the Dockerfile using the
docker build command. Within which, we tag the image to be created as
1.0 and give a customized name to our image (i.e.,
- docker build -t apache_image:1.0 .
Once the image has been built, we should check for the presence of the image using
docker images command.
docker images command gives us a list of all the images that are built or pulled from any public/private registry.
- docker images
- REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE
- apache_image 1.0 a738dbef66ef 15 seconds ago 133MB
Once the image has been built, run the image as a container locally:
80(HTTP) for the same. Make use of
-p 80:80to have the server running on
docker run command also takes the image along with the associated tag as input to run it as a container.
- docker run --name myapache -d -p 80:80 apache_image:1.0
docker ps CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES 443848c30b74 apache_image:1.0 "/docker-entrypoint.…" 7 seconds ago Up 6 seconds 0.0.0.0:80->80/tcp myapache
In order to test the presence of Apache server on the system, visit any local browser and type
By this, we have come to the end of this topic. Feel free to comment in case you come across any questions.
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Do let us know your experience in setting up the Apache Server on your workstations in the comment box.
Till then, Happy Learning!
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