Working with EC2 Instances, Linux and Docker in AWS

Services Covered

  • EC2 EC2
  • docker Docker

Lab description

In this lab I will get up and running with Docker on Linux using an AWS virtual machine. I will work with images from the public Docker registry, run a handful of containers, and create my own image from which to create containers. Then I will connect to the Flask app running as a container using the instances public IP address.

Learning Objectives

  • Install Docker on Linux using an AWS virtual machine
  • Find and use images from the public Docker Registry
  • Build your own images using Dockerfile

Lab date



  • AWS account

Lab steps

  1. Create and connect to an EC2 instance using the Instance Connect.
  2. Install Docker using yum (assume the su role):
    yum -y install docker

    Then start the docker as a service:

    systemctl start docker

    Verify if it’s running:

    docker info

  3. Get the first container by running:
    docker run hello-world
  4. Try to run something more complex, like a nginx web server:
    docker run --name web-server -d -p 8080:80 nginx:1.12

    Then verify that web-server is responding:

    curl localhost:8080

  5. To list all running and stopped containers run_
    docker ps -a

  6. To stop the nginx server enter:
    docker stop web-server
  7. Search for an image that you don’t know the exact name of, say an image for Microsoft .NET Core, by entering:
    docker search "Microsoft .NET Core"

    This will help you find container images in the future.

  8. Install Git:
    yum -y install git
  9. Clone the code repository to your virtual machine:
    git clone

    Continue to the apps directory

    cd flask-content-advisor

    Create and star editing a Dockerfile:

    vi Dockerfile

    and type in following:

    # Python v3 base layer
    FROM python:3
    # Set the working directory in the image's file system
    WORKDIR /usr/src/app
    # Copy everything in the host working directory to the container's directory
    COPY . .
    # Install code dependencies in requirements.txt
    RUN pip install --no-cache-dir -r requirements.txt
    # Indicate that the server will be listening on port 5000
    EXPOSE 5000
    # Set the default command to run the app
    CMD [ "python", "./src/" ]

    then escape and save using :wq.

  10. Build the image from the Dockerfile:
    docker build -t flask-content-advisor:latest .

  11. Run following command to get the public IP address:
    curl; echo
  12. Now you can run a container using the image you just built:
  13. Paste the public IP address into web browsers tab you should get response from flask app:

Lab files