Docker Introduction: Google Cloud

Hi Folks !

Kubernetes is an container orchestration system by Google.  I’m planning to have series of blog posts around this topic covering introduction to Docker, creation and configuring docker images and containers and deploying full fledged application to Kubernetes.

Docker Basics:

First released in 2013 and it is an open platform for developing, deploying and running application knows as containers.  With help of docker you can treat your infrastructure as managed application. Kubernetes had strong support for docker.

To begin I will go through the following artifacts:

  1. Build and run the docker containers
  2. Pull the docker images from Google container or Docker Hub
  3. Push docker images to Google container registry i.e. gcr

Lets login to the cloud console and open the integrated cloud terminal. Now execute following command

docker images

It will list down all docker images, as of now its showing nothing because we haven’t created one.

docker run hello-world

Yes right, we not yet developed any application and still we are executing command. Perfectly fine,  docker first search the hello-world in local repository and if not found any then will fetch from Docker Hub repo. now execute command

docker images

Bingo! It will show you the following output


docker ps : displays list of running containers

Though we ran docker hello-world its now showing in output because the container runs and finish. To find such containers we use

docker ps -a : displays all containers including the one that have finished executing

the container id is UUID and if we don’t specify container name docker sets a random one. Its good practice to specify the container name as below

docker run --name [container-name] hello-world

Next, I will show you how to build docker image based on node application for the same create a Dockerfile. Create a directory and I used vi editor to create Dockerfile


# Use an official Node runtime as the parent image
FROM node:6

# Set the working directory in the container to /app

# Copy the current directory contents into the container at /app
ADD . /app

# Make the container's port 80 available to the outside world

# Run app.js using node when the container launches
CMD ["node", "app.js"]


const http = require('http');
const hostname = '';
const port = 80;

const server = http.createServer((req, res) => {
    res.statusCode = 200;
      res.setHeader('Content-Type', 'text/plain');
        res.end('Hello World - Kubernetes\n');

server.listen(port, hostname, () => {
    console.log('Server running at http://%s:%s/', hostname, port);

process.on('SIGINT', function() {
    console.log('Caught interrupt signal and will exit');

To create docker image execute below command from same location:

docker build -t myapp:V1.0 .

Initially it will take few minute sto build image. The -t option specify the  name:tag pair. Its good practice to give tag to build artifact. Verify the image creation by below command and The output will show you the name as repository and tag version-

docker images

Next RUN the docker image as container and the command is

docker run -p 4000:80 --name myimg myapp:V1.0

but to run docker image as background service use

docker run -p 4000:80 --name <any-name-to-run-container> -d <image:tag>
docker run -p 4000:80 --name myimg1 -d myapp:V1.0

The attribute -p map the port 4000 to http port 80. Now visit http://localhost:4000 or curl http://localhost:4000. You should see hello world  – Kubernetes as output.

To stop and remove docker image

docker stop myimg1 && docker rm myimg1

To view docker logs

docker logs [Container ID]

Now modify the app.js again and build the docker image

docker build -t myapp:V1.1

then again run the docker container as below

docker run -p 5000:80 --name myimg2 -d myapp:V1.1

Now check output as follows


If you notice we have two containers running with different versions of the applications at same time. That’s the power of containerization.

Now we are going to publish image to Google Container Registry – GCR. To push image to private registry hosted by gcr , you need to tag image with registry name. 



  • hostname: (or or etc )
  • project-id: your project id
  • [image]: your docker image
  • tag: any string of your choice. by default – latest

find active project id using

gcloud config list project

Now, Tag the local image with the registry name by using the command



docker tag viappimg:img1

push tag image to container registry

gcloud docker -- push [HOSTNAME]/[PROJECT-ID]/[IMAGE]:[TAG]

e.g    gcloud docker — push

Check that the image exists in gcr by navigating to Tools > Container Registry or visit:

Now to run the docker by command but before that stop and remove all containers and images using docker rmi <image-name> and below command

docker stop $(docker ps -q) && docker rm $(docker ps -aq)

Now we have a fresh-environment so pull the docker image from registry

gcloud docker -- pull[project-id]/myapp:V1.1

if face any issue now a days you can use gcloud auth configure-docker as credential helper then use docker as you would for non-gcr

run the docker and test using curl as below

docker run -p 5000:80 -d[project-id]/myapp:V1.1
curl http://localhost:5000

Cheers !!! You could see the output.

Happy Coding !!!

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