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Deploy Java Application on Docker

Deploy Java Application on Docker

In recent years, Docker has become one of the most popular tools for deploying and managing applications. Docker allows developers to package their applications along with all the dependencies into a container that can be easily deployed and run on any platform. In this article, we will explore how to deploy a Java application on Docker.


Before we dive into the deployment process, there are a few prerequisites that need to be fulfilled:

  • A basic understanding of Docker and its architecture
  • Docker installed on your system
  • A Java application that you want to deploy

Step 1: Create a Dockerfile

A Dockerfile is a text file that contains instructions to build a Docker image. To create a Dockerfile for a Java application, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new directory for your application and navigate to it.
  2. Create a new file named Dockerfile.
  3. Open the Dockerfile in a text editor and add the following contents:
FROM openjdk:8-jre-alpine
COPY target/myapp.jar /app/myapp.jar
CMD ["java", "-jar", "/app/myapp.jar"]

The above Dockerfile uses the official OpenJDK image as a base image and copies the application jar file into the container. Finally, it sets the command to run the application.

Step 2: Build the Docker image

Once you have created the Dockerfile, you need to build the Docker image. To build the Docker image, run the following command from the directory containing the Dockerfile:

docker build -t myapp .

This command tells Docker to build an image with the tag "myapp" using the current directory as the build context.

Step 3: Run the Docker container

Once you have built the Docker image, you can run the Docker container. To run the Docker container, use the following command:

docker run -p 8080:8080 myapp

This command tells Docker to run the container with the name "myapp" and map port 8080 from the container to port 8080 on the host system.

Step 4: Test the application

After the Docker container has started, you can test the application by accessing it at http://localhost:8080. If everything is working correctly, you should see the application's home page.

Deploying a Java application on Docker is a simple process that can be completed in a few easy steps. By following the instructions outlined in this article, you can quickly and easily deploy your Java application on Docker. Docker provides many benefits, including increased portability, scalability, and flexibility. So, it's worth investing time in learning and using Docker for your application deployments.

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