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Docker with Docker Toolbox for Windows Java EE + MySQL

This tutorial walks you through using a Java EE application server and MySQL, both running in Docker Linux containers on a Windows host via Docker Toolbox.

Prerequisites & Assumptions:
  • You completed the first Docker Tutorial that walks through the basics of standing up a Java EE application server in a Docker container
  • You have MySQL Workbench installed on your Windows host
  • You have Maven and a JDK installed on your Windows host machine
  • Note: We give you an out if Java & Maven are not working well for you

  1. Docker Quickstart terminal

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  2. docker network create mysqlapp_net

    This command will create a network that will be used by mysql and wildfly containers

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  3. Now we run MySQL using the recently created network, inside of a Docker container

    docker run --name mysqldb --net mysqlapp_net -p 3306:3306 -e MYSQL_USER=mysql -e MYSQL_PASSWORD=mysql -e MYSQL_DATABASE=sample -e  MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=supersecret -d mysql

    This will take some time if this is the first run of the "mysql" image

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    Note: I am using -p 3306:3306 to connect from a Windows (host) MySQL Workbench and from a Windows/host based Wildfly instance. 3306 is the normal port for MySQL. You will see this port listed in the docker ps results as well.

    Tip: Copy & Paste in the default Windows Command Prompt is possible.

    Click on the top-left icon for the pull-down menu. Select Mark, highlight the text you wish to copy, then hit Enter. Then for Paste, simply use the menu option. Alt text

  4. Back in Windows run MySQL Workbench. You will need the IP address you saw when running Docker Quickstart terminal or docker-machine ip default.

    Select New Connection

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    Give the connection a name like "docker_mysql_104" as the IP address will change from time to time. Enter the correct IP address. You will notice that some of the screenshots use different IPs.

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    The root password was defined via the docker run command, look for MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD

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    Double-click on the connection to open up the SQL Editor

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    By default you get a "sample" database with no tables. A table will be created when we launch the Java EE application.

    Now that your MySQL instance is running happily inside of a Docker container (inside the docker host called default) let's configure the Java EE app to use your MySQL

  5. In the first tutorial, we gave you the .war pre-built, in this case, we want you to download the project sources to your local machine and perform you own Maven build to generate the .war.

    Download and unzip

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  6. mkdir /c/Users/<your_username>/docker_projects/mysqlapp

    Remember docker hosts have VirtualBox Guest Additions preconfigured to map the Linux /c/Users/ to c:\Users You can also just use the Windows Explorer to create this directory

  7. Using File Explorer, copy the directory javaee6angularjsmysql to mysqlapp

  8. From a Windows (DOS) Command Prompt,

    cd \Users\<your_username>\docker_projects\mysqlapp\javaee6angularjsmysql
    mvn clean compile package

    This does require that you have a JDK and Maven installed plus your PATH set properly. Setting up your PATH can be as simple as executing the following commands:

    set JAVA_HOME=C:\tools\java\jdk1.7.0_04_32bit
    set M2_HOME=C:\tools\apache-maven-3.2.3
    set PATH=%JAVA_HOME%\bin;%M2_HOME%\bin;C:\tools;%PATH%

    Look for BUILD SUCCESS

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    Do not have Maven nor the Java Development Kit running well on this workstation? No problem, just download the pre-built .war from

  9. Open the javaee6angularjsmysql project in your favorite editor (I have been trying out and review the persistence.xml file (located in src/main/resources/META-INF folder). Take note of the following line:


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    This Java EE6 application needs a datasource which must be configured inside of the application server. The datasource needs a JDBC Driver to have been pre-loaded as well.

  10. Copy the file MySQL JBDC driver - mysql-connector-java-5.1.31-bin.jar - to your mysqlapp directory. When the docker image is created, this file will be dropped into Wildfly's standalone\deployments directory. Wildfly hot deploys JDBC drivers it finds in its deployments directory.

  11. Copy the file mysql-sample-ds.xml to your mysqlapp directory and open it in your editor.

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> Now, this is where a lot of the magic happens.  This file when found in Wildfly's standalone\deployments directory will configure a Datasource inside of Wildfly.  You should notice that the JNDI name of "MySQLSampleDS" matches what you have in the persistence.xml.  The hosname, user and password for MySQL were setup back with the `docker run` command in step 3.

  1. Copy the standalone.xml and Dockerfile to your mysqlapp directory and open it up in your editor.

    FROM centos/wildfly
    COPY standalone.xml /opt/wildfly/standalone/configuration/
    COPY mysql-connector-java-5.1.31-bin.jar /opt/wildfly/standalone/deployments/
    COPY mysql-sample-ds.xml /opt/wildfly/standalone/deployments/
    COPY javaee6angularjsmysql/target/javaee6angularjsmysql.war /opt/wildfly/standalone/deployments/

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    mysql-connector-java-5.1.31-bin.jar is in the same directory as the Dockerfile

    mysql-sample-ds.xml and standalone.xml are also in the same directory

    javaee6angularjsmysql.war was created via mvn clean compile package

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    Note: This is NOT how you would normally configure a JDBC driver and Datasource for a production ready Docker image. You are likely separate these into three different layers/images - allowing you to update the JDBC driver in a single layer/location/image.

  2. Build the new Docker image in the Docker Quickstart terminal

    cd /c/Users/<your_username>/docker_projects/mysqlapp
    docker build --tag=mysqlapp .

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  3. docker run -it --net mysqlapp_net -p 8080:8080 mysqlapp

    The MySQL container was started with "--name mysqldb" back in Step 3 and the "mysqldb" is referenced in the -ds.xml as a hostname. You can verify the "mysqldb" name of the MySQL container via the docker ps command.

    You can find out more information about Docker networks in the official documentation at

  4. Use your browser to interact with the application, register a new Member. You will need the IP address you saw when running Docker Quickstart terminal or docker-machine ip default.

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    Then check out your MySQL database in the SQL Editor. Note that the table name is case sensitve.

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Extra Credit

To enable the Wildfly Admin Console, add the following to your Dockerfile

RUN /opt/wildfly/bin/ admin Admin!1234 --silent

and build the image again:

docker build --tag=mysqlapp .

This is an example where the Docker build will execute a screen to provide custom configuration of the resulting Docker image. In this specific case "admin" is the user id and "Admin!1234" is the password. You could have used this same technique to execute commands that would have configured the JDBC driver and Datasource inside of the container. We choose the -ds.xml and hot deployment of the JDBC driver .jar techniques above due to 'ease of learning'.

The JBoss Wildfly Admin Console uses a different port, so also change your "docker run" statement as follows:

docker run -it -p 8080:8080 -p 9990:9990 --net mysqlapp_net mysqlapp

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The End