Deploy Docker images

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 support

Docker at Clever Cloud does not yet support FS Buckets, validation of your Dockerfile, or compose of sorts.


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.

Create an application

  1. Create a new app by clicking on the Add an Application button, in the sidebar.
  2. Select a brand new instance (or a repository from GitHub if your account is linked).
  3. Then select Docker in the platforms list.
  4. Configure your scaling options.
  5. Enter your application's name and description and click "Next". You can also select the region you want (North America or Europe).


Clever Cloud does not have a lot of requirements, here is what you need to do to ensure that your application will run:

  • Push on the master branch.

  • Commit a file named Dockerfile, Here is what it will look like

  • Listen on port 8080 (HTTP) by default, but you can set your own port using CC_DOCKER_EXPOSED_HTTP_PORT=<port> environment variable.

TCP support

Clever Cloud enables you to use TCP over Docker applications using CC_DOCKER_EXPOSED_TCP_PORT=<port> but it still needs a support request to make use of it.

Dockerfile contents

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.

Docker socket access

Some containers require access to the docker socket, to spawn sibling containers for instance.

Giving access to the docker socket breaks isolation

Giving 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 CC_MOUNT_DOCKER_SOCKET=true in your application's environment variables. In that case, docker is started in the namespaced mode, and in bridge network mode.

Enable IPv6 networking

You can activate the support of IPv6 with a IPv6 subnet in the docker daemon by adding CC_DOCKER_FIXED-CIDR-V6=<IP> in your application's environment variables.

Private registry

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 (optionnal): the server of your private registry. Defaults to Docker's public registry.

This uses the docker login command under the hood.

Build-time variables

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.

Sample apps

We provide a few examples of dockerized applications on Clever Cloud.

Deploying a Rust application

To make your dockerized application run on clever Cloud, you need to:

  • expose port 8080 in your docker file
  • run the application with CMD or ENTRYPOINT

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,

# needed by rust

# relevant files are in `./source`
ADD . /source
WORKDIR /source

# Clever Cloud expects your app to listen on port 8080
RUN rustc -V

# Build your application
RUN cargo build

# Run the application with `CMD`
CMD cargo run

Deploying a HHVM application

Deploying a HHVM application is a bit trickier as it needs to have both HHVM and nginx running as daemons. To be able to have them running both, we need to put them in a start script:


hhvm --mode server -vServer.Type=fastcgi -vServer.Port=9000&

service nginx start

composer install

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 as the CMD in the Dockerfile

# 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/

# 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

# The app needs to listen on port 8080

# Launch the start script
CMD ["sudo","/root/"]
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