Docker User Guide – Quick Reference

Are you finding difficulty in remembering all the commands that you need in order to work with Docker?
Guys don’t worry if you are a beginner and have no idea about how Docker works, this Docker cheat sheet will give you a quick reference of the basics that you must know to get started.
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While at Intellipaat, we support our learners with a handy reference, that’s the reason we have created this Cheat sheet. This cheat sheet is designed for the one who has already started learning about Docker but needs a handy reference sheet.
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Docker tool was introduced in order to make it easier for you to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers. Containers provision you the packaging of your application with all the important components it requires, like libraries and other dependencies, and ship them all out as one package. Due to which you as a developer can be assured that your application will run on any other machine.
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We will start from understanding Docker’s Architecture and main aspects in it, then we will continue with the important commands required for docker installation, build, push, run, ship etc. operations.
DevOps architecture consists of these 5 main entities which are Registry, Images, Containers, Docker Daemon and Client.

  • Registry: It hosts the public and official images, docker registry that we use is Dockerhub.
  • Images: It can be downloaded from the registry directly or implicitly when starting a container.
  • Containers: They are basically instances of the images, multiple containers for a single image is possible.
  • Docker daemon: Daemon creates, runs and monitors the containers along with building and storing the images.
  • Client: Client talks to daemon via http.

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Orchestration is used for managing the container’s lifecycle especially in dynamic environments.
It is used for controlling and automating many tasks for the container. There are many Docker Orchestration tools like Docker Swarm, Kubernetes etc, and we’re using Docker Swarm commands below, let’s check the commands used for Docker Orchestration.
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  • To initialize swarm mode and listen to a specific interface.
    • Docker swarm init --advertise-addr
  • Join an existing swarm as manager node
    • Docker swarm join --token<manager-token>
  • Join a swarm as a worker node
    • Docker swarm join --token<worker-token>
  • List all the nodes in the swarm
    • Docker node ls
  • Create a service from an image on the existing port and deploy 3 instances
    • Docker service create --replicas 3 -p 80:80 name -webngix
  • List services running in swarm
    • Docker service ls
  • Scale a service
    • Docker service scale web=5
  • List tasks of a service
    • Docker service ps web

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Build command is used for building images from a docker file. Let’s check some of essential docker build commands.

  • To build the image from the docker file and tag image
    • Docker build -t myapp :1.0
  • List all images that are locally stored
    • Docker images
  • Delete an image from the docker store
    • Docker rmi alpine: 3.4

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Run command is used for creating a container from a specified image. Check these run commands for your reference.

  • To create and run a command:
    • Docker run –name container_name docker_image
  • Flags used:
    • -d detach container on start
    • -rm remove container once it stops
    • -p publish host ip and host port to the container por
    • -v define and share volume across containers
    • –read-only sets it to read only permission


Docker gives you the capability of shipping your application container anywhere, on any platform, let’s check some commands for it.

  • To pull an image from the registry
    • Docker pull alpine:3.4.
  • Retag a local image with a new image name
    • Docker tag alpine:3.4 myrepo/ myalpine:3.4
  • Log in to a registry
    • Docker login
  • Push an image to a registry
    • Docker push myrepo/ myalpine:3.4

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Clean up

To prevent from wasting the resources, you must know how to clean, we are providing few essential commands for same.

  • To clean unused/dangling images:
    • Docker image prune
  • To remove images not used in containers
    • Docker image prune -a
  • To prune the entire system
    • Docker system prune
  • To leave a swarm
    • Docker swarm leave
  • To remove a swarm
    • Docker stack rm stack_name
  • To kill all running containers
    • Docker kill $ (docker ps -q)
  • To delete all stopped containers
    • docker rm $(docker ps -a -q)
  • To delete all images
    • docker rmi $(docker images -q)


Let’s take a sneak peek over the commands used for viewing the running services, run the services, to view all service logs and to scale the services.

  • List of all services running in a swarm
    • Docker service ls
  • To see all running services
    • Docker stack services stack_name
  • To see all service logs
    • Docker service logs stack_name service_names
  • To scale service across qualified nodes
    • Docker service scale stack_name_service_name= replicas

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Interaction with a container

Let’s check how to make an interaction with a container

  • Run a command in the container
    • Docker exe -ti container_name
  • Follow the container logs
    • Docker logs -ft container name
  • Save a running container as an image
    • Docker commit -m “commit message” -a “author” container_name username/image_name: tag

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Important terms

Some of the important terms while using docker container.

  • Layer: Read-only files to provision the system
  • Image: Read only layer that is the base of the image
  • Container: A runnable instance of the image
  • Registry/hub: Central place where images live
  • Docker machine: A VM to run docker containers
  • Docker compose: A VM to run multiple containers as a system.

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