Introduction to Docker

  • 2 Days
  • Beginner
  • Virtual | Classroom
  • £ On Request

A practical introduction to containers and Docker

Book For My Team

Your team will learn...

Work with images, containers and volumes

Build and optimise your own custom images

Coordinate containers with Docker Compose

Create a cluster with Docker Swarm and deploy services


Why not combine with content from our UNIX Scripting course.

Docker is the world's leading software containerisation platform. In this course you'll learn all the fundamentals of using Docker, working through practical exercises creating images, deploying containers and managing a multi-service application.



  • Containers vs Virtual Machines
  • Linux containers
  • Kernel namespaces and cgroups
  • Introduction to the Docker ecosystem
  • The Docker Daemon and runc
  • Docker command-line tools


  • Writing Docker files
  • Setting up the file system - FROM, RUN and COPY
  • Setting up the service - ENTRYPOINT, CMD
  • Configuring network interfaces - EXPOSE
  • Understanding layering
  • Building images
  • Tagging images
  • Managing images - list, search and remove
  • Managing registries


  • Creating and running containers
  • Starting, stopping and listing containers
  • Running in the foreground or detached
  • Naming and referencing containers
  • Limiting resources - CPU, memory etc
  • Understanding command-line options

Building Applications

  • Docker Swarm and Building services
  • The Twelve Factor Application
  • Configuring docker networks
  • Logging and monitoring
  • Debugging


Delegates should have previous experience with UNIX or Linux command line interfaces. This course could be combined with an additional 1 day UNIX primer.

Ryan Adams

Used to make software for learning as a developer, now helping software makers learn.

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For a breakdown of what to expect in our training, check out our training overview page.

Excellent course - packed full of information and I'm looking forward to delving deeper in my own time.

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