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This repo is now moved to: and


This repo contains a recipe for making a Docker container for Drupal, using Linux, Apache and MySQL. To build, make sure you have Docker installed.

This will try to go in line with Drupal automated-testing.

kill any running docker daemon

sudo killall docker

Install docker:

curl | sudo sh -x

Clone this repo somewhere,

git clone
cd docker-drupal

and then build it:

sudo docker build -t <yourname>/drupal .

this can take a while but should eventually return a command prompt. It's done when it says "Successfully built {hash}"

And run the container, connecting port 80:

sudo docker run -d -t -p 80:80 <yourname>/drupal

That's it! Visit http://localhost/ in your webrowser.

Note: you cannot have port 80 already used or the container will not start. In that case you can start by setting: -p 8080:80

build directly from github is broken at the moment:

sudo docker build -t <yourname>/drupal git://


  • ROOT MYSQL_PASSWORD will be on /mysql-root-pw.txt
  • DRUPAL MYSQL PASSWORD will be on /drupal-db-pw.txt
  • Drupal account-name=admin & account-pass=admin

More docker awesomeness

This will create an ID that you can start/stop/commit changes:

# sudo docker ps
ID                  IMAGE                   COMMAND               CREATED             STATUS              PORTS
538114c20d36        <yourname>/drupal:latest   /bin/bash /   3 minutes ago       Up 6 seconds        80->80  


sudo docker stop 538114c20d36
sudo docker start 538114c20d36

Commit the actual state to the image

sudo docker commit 538114c20d36 <yourname>/drupal

Starting again with the commited changes

sudo docker run -d -t -p 80:80 <yourname>/drupal /

Shipping the container image elsewhere

sudo docker push  <yourname>/drupal

You can find more images using the Docker Index.


Clean up

While i am developing i use this to rm all old instances

sudo docker ps -a | awk '{print $1}' | grep -v CONTAINER | xargs -n1 -I {} sudo docker rm {}

Known Issues

  • Upstart on Docker is broken due to this issue, and that's one of the reasons the image is puppetized using vagrant.
  • Warning: This is still in development and ports shouldn't be open to the outside world.


Feel free to fork and contribute to this code. :)

  1. Fork the repo
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


Created and maintained by Ricardo Amaro (<>)


GPL v3


Docker with Drupal, running Apache, mod_php, Apc, Mysql, memcache




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