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Deploy Docker images
Docker is an easy, lightweight virtualized environment for portable applications.
Docker containers can encapsulate any payload, and will run consistently on and between virtually any server. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop will run at scale, in production, on VMs, bare-metal servers, public instances, or combinations of the above.
Clever Cloud allows you to deploy any application running inside a Docker container. This page will explain how to set up your application to run it on our service.
Note for Docker supportDocker at Clever Cloud does not yet support FS Buckets, validation of your Dockerfile, or compose of sorts.
Create an application on Clever Cloud
via the web console
- Select the proper organization you want to add the application to. At this point you should only have the Personal Space, click on the Me button in the left sidebar.
- Create a new application by clicking on the Create… button in the sidebar, then select an application.
- Select a brand new instance (or a repository from GitHub if your account is linked).
- Then select Docker in the platform list.
- Configure your scaling options.
- Enter your application’s name and description and click “Next”. You can also select the region you want (North America or Europe).
Refer to the getting started for more details on application creation via the console.
via the Clever Tools CLI
- Make sure you have clever-tools installed locally. Report to the getting started.
- In your code folder, do
clever create --type <type> <app-name> --region <zone> --org <org>where
typeis the type of technology you rely on,
app-namethe name you want for your application,
zonedeployment zone (
parfor Paris and
mtlfor Montreal), and
orgthe organization ID the application will be created under.
Refer to the documentation for more details on application creation with Clever Tools.
Setting up environment variables on Clever Cloud
With the Clever Cloud console
- Go to the Clever Cloud console, and find the app you want to fine tune under it’s organization.
- Find the Environment variables menu and select it.
- In this menu, you will see a form with VARIABLE_NAME and variable value fields. Fill them with the desired values then select Create.
With the Clever Tools CLI
- Make sure you have clever-tools installed locally. Report to the getting started
- In your code folder, do
clever env set <variable-name> <variable-value>
Refer to environment variables reference for more details on available environment variables on Clever Cloud. You can of course create custom ones with the interface we just demonstrated, they will be available for your application.
Configure your Docker application
Be sure that you:
- push on the master branch.
- have and commit a file named Dockerfile or use the CC_DOCKERFILE environment variable if your Dockerfile has a different name, Here is what it will look like.
- run the application with
ENTRYPOINTin your Dockerfile.
- listen on HTTP port 8080 by default (you can set your own port using
You can virtually put everything you want in your Dockerfile. The only mandatory (for us) instruction to put in it is:
CMD <command to run>
command to run: this is the command that starts your application. Your application must listen on port 8080. It can be easier for you to put a script in your docker image and call it with the CMD instruction.
Clever Cloud enables you to use TCP over Docker applications using using the environment variable
CC_DOCKER_EXPOSED_TCP_PORT=<port>. Refer to the documentation page to know how to create [TCP redirections](https://www.clever-cloud.com/doc/administrate/tcp-redirections/].
Docker socket access
Some containers require access to the docker socket, to spawn sibling containers for instance.
Giving access to the docker socket breaks isolationGiving access to the docker socket breaks all isolation provided by docker. **DO NOT** give socket access to untrusted code.
You can make the docker socket available from inside the container by adding the
CC_MOUNT_DOCKER_SOCKET=true environment variable. In that case, docker is started in the namespaced mode, and in bridge network mode.
We support pulling private images through the
docker build command. To login to a private registry, you need to set a few environment variables:
CC_DOCKER_LOGIN_USERNAME: the username to use to login
CC_DOCKER_LOGIN_PASSWORD: the password of your username
CC_DOCKER_LOGIN_SERVER(optional): the server of your private registry. Defaults to Docker’s public registry.
This uses the
docker login command under the hood.
Enable IPv6 networking
You can activate the support of IPv6 with a IPv6 subnet in the docker daemon by adding the
CC_DOCKER_FIXED-CIDR-V6=<IP> environment variable.
You can use the ARG instruction to define build-time environment variables.
Every environment variable defined for your application will be passed as a build environment variable using the
--build-arg=<ENV> parameter during the
docker build phase.
Dockerized Rust application Deployment
To make your dockerized application run on clever Cloud, you need to:
- expose port 8080 in your docker file
- run the application with
For instance, here is the
Dockerfile used for the Rust application:
# rust tooling is provided by `archlinux-rust` FROM geal/archlinux-rust MAINTAINER Geoffroy Couprie, [email protected]
# needed by rust ENV LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/lib
# relevant files are in
./sourceADD . /source WORKDIR /source
# Clever Cloud expects your app to listen on port 8080 EXPOSE 8080 RUN rustc -V
# Build your application RUN cargo build
# Run the application with
CMDCMD cargo run
Dockerized HHVM application Deployment
#!/bin/sh hhvm --mode server -vServer.Type=fastcgi -vServer.Port=9000&
service nginx start
echo "App running on port 8080"
tail -f /var/log/hhvm/error.log
Since the two servers are running as daemons, we need to start a long-running process. In this case we use
tail -f. We then add
start.sh as the
CMD in the
# We need HHVM FROM jolicode/hhvm
# We need nginx RUN sudo apt-get update
&& sudo apt-get install -y nginx
ADD . /root RUN sudo chmod +x /root/start.sh
# Nginx configuration ADD hhvm.hdf /etc/hhvm/server.hdf ADD nginx.conf /etc/nginx/sites-available/hack.conf RUN sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/hack.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/hack.conf # Checking nginx config RUN sudo nginx -t
RUN sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /root WORKDIR /root
# The app needs to listen on port 8080 EXPOSE 8080
# Launch the start script CMD ["sudo","/root/start.sh"]
Sample dockerized applications
We provide a few examples of dockerized applications on Clever Cloud.
Clever Cloud injects environment variables from your application settings as mentioned in setting up environment variables and is also injecting in your application production environment, those from your linked add-ons.
Git Deployment on Clever Cloud
You need git on your computer to deploy via this tool. Here is the official website of Git to get more information: git-scm.com
Setting up your remotes
The “Information” page of your app gives you your git deployment URL. It looks like this:
git+ssh://[email protected]/<your_app_id>.git. Copy it in your clipboard.
Locally, under your code folder, type in
git initto set up a new git repository or skip this step if you already have one.
Add the deploy URL with
git remote add <name> <your-git-deployment-url>.
Add your files via
git add <files path>and commit them via
git commit -m <your commit message>.
Now push your application on Clever Cloud with
git push <name> master
Refer to the quickstart for more details on git deployments.
Linking a database or any other add-on to your application
By linking an application to an add-on, the application has the add-on environment variables in its own environment by default.
On add-on creation
Many add-ons do exist on Clever Cloud, please refer to the full list and check add-ons dedicated pages for full instructions.
During add-on creation, you will see Applications screen, with a list of your applications. You can toggle the button to Link and click next. If you finish the process of add-on creation, the application will automatically be linked to it.
Add-on already exists
In the Clever Cloud console, under the Service Dependencies menu of your application, you can use the Link addons dropdown menu to select the name of the add-on you want to link and use the add button to finish the process.
You can also link another application from the same page in the Clever Cloud console, using the Link applications dropdown menu.
Need more configuration? To run a script at the end of your deployment? To add your private SSH key to access private dependencies? Go check the Common configuration page.
You may want to have an advanced usage of your application, in which case we recommend you to read the Administrate documentation section.
If you can’t find something or have a specific need like using a non supported version of a particular software, please reach out to the support.