Flask is a nice web application framework for Python.
app.py looks like:
from flask import Flask
app = Flask(__name__)
return 'Hello, World!'
According to Flask documentation, to run the application we need to run
FLASK_APP=app.py flask run. So our Dockerfile will run this command and we’ll pass an environment variable with the application name when we start the container:
CMD [ "python", "-m", "flask", "run", "--host=0.0.0.0" ]
--host=0.0.0.0 parameter is necessary so that we will be able to connect to
flask from outside the docker container.
-onbuild version of the Python container is handy because it will import a file named
requirements.txt and install the Python modules listed in it, so go on and create this file in the same directory, containing the single line,
Now we can build our container:
docker build -t flaskapp .
This might take a while. When it ends, we’ll be able to run the container, passing the
FLASK_APP environment variable:
docker run -it --rm --name flaskapp \
-v "$PWD":/usr/src/app -w /usr/src/app \
-e LANG=C.UTF-8 -e FLASK_APP=app.py \
-p 5000:5000 flaskapp
As you can see I’m mounting the local directory
/usr/src/app in the container and setting the work directory there. I’m also passing the
-p 5000:5000 parameter so that the container tcp port 5000 is available by connecting to my host machine port 5000.
You can test your app with your browser or with
$ curl http://127.0.0.1:5000/
I hope this will be useful to someone out there, have fun! :)