Docker is a technology that allows you to build, run, test, and deploy distributed applications that are based on Linux containers. Docker is already available on many different operating systems, including most modern Linux distributions, like Ubuntu, and even Mac OSX and Windows.If you are using Amazon EC2 already, you can launch an instance and install Docker to get started.

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Steps to install docker in AWS

1. Launch AMI EC2 Instance

2. xshell SSH into EC2

3. Update the installed packages and package cache on your instance.
sudo yum update -y

4. Remove previous version’s docker

sudo yum remove docker \
                  docker-client \
                  docker-client-latest \
                  docker-common \
                  docker-latest \
                  docker-latest-logrotate \
                  docker-logrotate \
                  docker-selinux \
                  docker-engine-selinux \

5. Install the most recent Docker Community Edition package.
sudo yum install docker

6. Start the Docker service.
sudo service docker start

7. Add the ec2-user to the docker group so you can execute Docker commands without using sudo.
sudo usermod -a -G docker ec2-user

8.Log out and log back in again to pick up the new docker group permissions. Or just a simple reboot your EC2 instance

9. Run Command in the Docker Container
docker exec -it ubuntu /bin/bash

Steps to launch WordPress Image in EC2

1. Pull Image from tutum/wordpress
docker run -d -p 80:80 tutum/wordpress 

2. Run WordPress image

docker run -d –name=wp1 -p 80:80 -p 443:443 tutum/wordpress 

3. Show running container list
docker ps

4. Test launched wp1 container
curl http://localhost/  

5. Use browser to complete famous WordPress configuration wizard

Steps to migrate WordPress

1. Make sure WordPress Version is same

2. If not, update to same version from WordPress admin page. Sometime, it does not work, you might have to do a manual update just as I did. 

Here is the error message I got :

Downloading update from the update…
The update cannot be installed because we will be unable to copy some files. This is usually due to inconsistent file permissions.: wp-admin/includes/update-core.php
Installation Failed

WordPress Update Error Example

Note: steps are from

  • Enter command line of docker container : docker exec -it wp1 /bin/bash
  • Get the latest WordPress zip (or tar.gz) file. (sudo wget
  • Unpack the zip file that you downloaded. 
  • Deactivate plugins.
  • Delete the old wp-includes and wp-admin directories on your web host 
  • move the new wp-includes and wp-admin directories to your web host, in place of the previously deleted directories.
  • Upload the individual files from the new wp-content folder to your existing wp-content folder, overwriting existing files. Do NOT delete your existing wp-content folder. Do NOT delete any files or folders in your existing wp-content directory (except for the one being overwritten by new files).

here are all related commands I used :

sudo apt-get install wget
sudo wget

unzip -d /tmp
apt-get install unzip
unzip -d /tmp

cd /tmp
cd wordpress/
cd /app
rm wp-admin

rm -r wp-admin
rm -r wp-includes/
ls -l

mv /tmp/wordpress/wp-admin .

ls -l
mv /tmp/wordpress/wp-includes/ .
cp /tmp/wordpress/* .
cp -a /tmp/wordpress/wp-content/* wp-content/

Once you complete those commands, you can launch the WordPress page again by entering the public ip address of your EC2 instance. You will be prompted to upgrade mysql database. Just click yes to continue.

3. Export your Existing WordPress site through plug-in: All-in-One WP Migration to local file.
4. Install plug-in: All-in-One WP Migration into your new WordPress site. But it has file upload limitation.

5. You can click How-to: Increase maximum upload file size to get a couple of methods to change it. The easiest way to do it is to install another plugin All-in-One WP Migration Import from The basic version can give you a limitation for 512MB, which is enough for most personal websites/blogs.

6. After imported your exported file, there are still a couple of steps to do to complete whole migration.
6.1 Settings -> Permalinks. It is best to change to something else for your Permalink Settings and save, then change it back to what you original set up and save.

6.2 Your WordPress address and Site address should still be your EC2 public ip address. You will need to change them to your site URL as shown in following screenshot.

6.3 DNS A record Change. Since you got a new public ip address for your WordPress site, the A record will have to change to match this change. If you want to keep your existing WordPress site and new WordPress site, you will just need to add a new A record. You will get a load balance for your site from DNS server queries.

Notes :

Docker Commands:

1.service docker start //启动docker
2.docker info //查看docker信息
3.docker run ubuntu echo hello docker //输出hello docker
4.docker images //查看所拥有的镜像
5.docker pull //获取images
6.docker build //创建image
7.docker run //运行container
8.docker ps //列出container
9.docker rm //删除container
10.docker rmi //删除image
11.docker cp //在host和container之间拷贝文件
12.docker commit -m ‘提交描述’ 容器id 名称 //生成当前节点的新images
13.docker search 名称 //搜索镜像
14.docker pull 名称 //拉取镜像
15.docker push myname/名称 //上传镜像

Enable SSH in Docker:

Start a new CentOS container:

docker run -it –name=sample centos /bin/bash

If you try ssh localhost, you will get following error:

bash: ssh: command not found

Now here are steps to show you how to get ‘ssh localhost’ working:
1、yum install openssh-server
2、yum install openssh-clients
这时候再试一下ssh localhost,发现错误改变:
ssh: connect to host localhost port 22: Cannot assign requested address
说明sshd服务还没有开启。用ps -ef也可以验证这一点。
1、Could not load host key: /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
2、Could not load host key: /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key
3、Could not load host key: /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key
4、sshd: no hostkeys available — exiting.
手动执行/usr/sbin/sshd-keygen -A
1、ssh-keygen -t rsa -P ” -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa
2、cat ~/.ssh/ >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
3、chmod 0600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
至此,执行ssh localhost就能成功。

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By Jonny

One thought on “Running WordPress in the Docker of AWS EC2 Instance”
  1. Hi,

    Thank you so much it really helped.

    I have a question, I can’t use any plugins because it says I have no php library activated. Do you know a docker image for wordpress with a curl library already activated I can use please ?

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