How to install and setup Docker Container on AlmaLinux 8

Docker is not a new term, this virtualization platform is popular for its ability to run applications in Containers. We can build and communicate containers with one on another.  Here we learn how to install the Docker CE platform on AlmaLinux 8 to create containerized virtual machines.

The key difference between normal virtual machines we run such as on VirtualBox is that in Docker not every container has to bring a complete operating system. For instance, you want to install and run Ubuntu 20.04 Server virtually but with a very minimalistic approach, I mean only core files that you need to run this server OS because, on Docker, the Containers are going to share the same kernel. This makes us start multiple containers with different applications such as Apache web server, MySQL, etc. without asserting extra stress on the system hardware resources. Whereas in a normal Virtual Machine or hypervisor we install a complete Guest with the full-blown kernel that means, if we want to separate the webserver from the database server, we would have to start two complete virtual machines including the operating system. In Docker, these are simply two independent containers that start the respective servers.

Out of the other benefits, one is the availability of Docker for all major operating systems- Windows, macOS, and Linux. Besides, we can easily pass the Docker containers on to teammates so that everyone pulls together and develops in the same environment. This distribution of the Docker containers takes place via the Docker Hub.

Step to install Docker CE on AlmaLinux 8

What will we learn here?

  • Docker Installation process for AlmaLinux 8
  • How to pull Images from Docker Hub to install and run a container?
  • Commands to start, stop, and restart Docker Engine

The steps given here will also work for RHEL and CentOS 8…

1. Add Docker Repo on AlmaLinux

Add official Docker CE repository on your AlmaLinux 8, so that we can install it without downloading its packages manually.

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo

 

2. Run system update

To let the system recognize the added Docker repository and the packages available in the same, run the system update that will force AlmaLinux to rebuild the system repo cache.

sudo dnf update

You can check the added repo including others of your system using the command:

sudo dnf repolist -v

Check Added repository

 

3. Command to Install Docker CE Engine

So, we already have the Docker repo and now it’s time to run the simple command using the DNF package manager for installing the Docker-CE along with its command-line tool and containerd.io to efficiently manage the container lifecycle of its host system.

sudo dnf install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io

 

Output:

[[email protected] ~]$
Last metadata expiration check: 0:05:34 ago on Thu 11 Mar 2021 06:16:07 PM IST.
Dependencies resolved.
=====================================================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=====================================================================================================
Installing:
containerd.io x86_64 1.4.4-3.1.el8 docker-ce-stable 33 M
docker-ce x86_64 3:20.10.5-3.el8 docker-ce-stable 27 M
docker-ce-cli x86_64 1:20.10.5-3.el8 docker-ce-stable 33 M
Installing dependencies:
container-selinux noarch 2:2.144.0-1.module_el8.3.0+6173+7b720323 appstream 49 k
docker-ce-rootless-extras x86_64 20.10.5-3.el8 docker-ce-stable 9.1 M
fuse-overlayfs x86_64 1.1.2-3.module_el8.3.0+6173+7b720323 appstream 67 k
fuse3-libs x86_64 3.2.1-12.el8 baseos 94 k
libcgroup x86_64 0.41-19.el8 baseos 69 k
libslirp x86_64 4.3.1-1.module_el8.3.0+6173+7b720323 appstream 68 k
slirp4netns x86_64 1.1.4-2.module_el8.3.0+6173+7b720323 appstream 50 k
Enabling module streams:
container-tools rhel8

Transaction Summary
=====================================================================================================
Install 10 Packages

Total download size: 103 M
Installed size: 424 M
Is this ok [y/N]:

 

4. Enable and Start Docker Service

Once the installation is completed start the Docker service on your AlmaLinux and also enable it to run automatically with system boot.

sudo systemctl enable docker

sudo systemctl start docker

Check the Status of the Service to know it is working properly.

systemctl status docker

 

Install Docker CE engine on AlmaLinux 8

 

5. Add AlmaLinux User to Docker User Group

To run docker commands we need sudo rights or root access and to avoid that add your current system user into the Docker group so that you can easily run its command for downloading and creating containers.

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

Check whether your user is in the docker group or not.

id$USER

If you want to use some other user than the current one, simply replace $USER in the above command with the specific system’s user you want to give the rights to manage Docker.

Output:

Add your user in Docker group

Restart the Server

To make sure all the changes work smoothly restart your host AlmaLinux server or desktop where you have installed the Docker.

To get the information and details related to installer docker such as version, several containers installed,  Host kernel version, Architecture, CPU, OS Name, etc. Type:

docker info

Command to get Docker information RAM and CPU

 

6. Test Docker by pulling Image

Let’s download some Images such as Ubuntu to create a Container and test it, whether everything is working fine or not.

docker pull ubuntu

The above command will fetch the latest Image file of the LTS version i.e Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to install and create a container corresponding to it from Docker Hub.

Pull Docker Image to install on AlmaLinux

To know what are Images has been downloaded and available to use on your Docker system locally, run:

docker images

 

7. Run Container

Now, we have the Docker Image of Ubuntu, let’s create and run a container using it. The command for that is very simple:

docker run -it ubuntu

After that, you can use the Ubuntu APT package manager to run the command and install the various applications over it.  Know more about its commands and work on the official documentation page.

Run Ubuntu Container on AlmaLinux 8

 

Ending note:

Being a REHL-based operating system AlmaLinux works exactly like CentOS 8, thus the same commands and repositories to install for getting various packages including Docker can be used on it as well.

 

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