Example: Using a Dockerfile to Customize and Configure a Preconfigured Docker Platform
With preconfigured Docker platforms you cannot use a configuration file to customize and
configure the software that your application depends on. Instead, if you want to customize the
preconfigured Docker platform to install additional software packages that your application
needs, you can add a
Dockerfile to your application's root folder.
You can include the following instructions in the
FROM – (required as the first instruction in the file) Specifies the base image from which to build the Docker container and against which Elastic Beanstalk runs subsequent
The image can be hosted in a public repository, a private repository hosted by a third-party registry, or a repository that you run on EC2.
EXPOSE – (required) Lists the ports to expose on the Docker container. Elastic Beanstalk uses the port value to connect the Docker container to the reverse proxy running on the host.
You can specify multiple container ports, but Elastic Beanstalk uses only the first one to connect your container to the host's reverse proxy and route requests from the public Internet.
CMD – Specifies an executable and default parameters, which are combined into the command that the container runs at launch. Use the following format:
CMDcan also be used to provide default parameters for an
ENTRYPOINTcommand by omitting the executable argument. An executable must be specified in either a
ENTRYPOINT, but not both. For basic scenarios, use a
CMDand omit the
ENTRYPOINT – Uses the same JSON format as
CMD, specifies a command to run when the container is launched. Also allows a container to be run as an executable with
If you define an
ENTRYPOINT, you can use a CMD as well to specify default parameters that can be overridden with
-doption. The command defined by an
ENTRYPOINT(including any parameters) is combined with parameters from
docker runwhen the container is run.
RUN – Specifies one or more commands that install packages and configure your web application inside the image.
If you include RUN instructions in the
Dockerfile, compress the file and the context used by RUN instructions in the
.zipfile. Compress files at the top level of the directory.
For more information about instructions you can include in the
Dockerfile, go to
on the Docker website.
The following snippet is an example of a
Dockerfile. The instructions
Dockerfile customize the Python 3.4 platform by adding PostgreSQL
dependencies and expose port 8080.
Elastic Beanstalk preconfigured Docker platforms for Glassfish and Python require you to expose port 8080. Elastic Beanstalk preconfigured Docker platforms for Go require you to expose port 3000.
# Use the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Python 3.4 image FROM amazon/aws-eb-python:3.4.2-onbuild-3.5.1 # Exposes port 8080 EXPOSE 8080 # Install PostgreSQL dependencies RUN apt-get update && \ apt-get install -y postgresql libpq-dev && \ rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
If you want to use additional AWS resources (such as Amazon DynamoDB or Amazon Simple Notification Service), modify the proxy server or modify the operating system configuration for your Elastic Beanstalk environment. For more information about using configuration files, see AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environment Configuration.