Docker Images

Docker images are the read-only templates from which a container is created. In previous sections, we have seen how to pull and list the docker images. Let us learn how to build them.

Building Docker images by using docker commit

A lot of Docker's command line sub-commands are inspired by Git, including this one. Docker provides a very simple way to create images. The workflow goes like this:

Building Docker images by using a Dockerfile

Docker provides an easy way to build images from a description file. This file is known as Dockerfile. A simple Dockerfile will look like this:

FROM centos
MAINTAINER Aditya Patawari <>

RUN yum -y update && yum clean all
RUN yum -y install httpd
CMD ["/usr/sbin/httpd", "-D", "FOREGROUND"]

Dockerfile supports various commands. I have used a few of them and I am going to describe them below:

A comprehensive list and description of all the supported commands can be found in the documentation. Let us create a file with the above lines and build an image from this.

$ sudo docker build -f <path_of_dockerfile> . 

Images created this way document the steps involved clearly and hence using Dockerfile is a good way to build reproducible images. It is also worth nothing that each line in Dockerfile create a new layer in Docker image. So often, we will club statements using and operator (&&) like this:

RUN yum -y update && yum clean all