How to run a docker container in the background or detached mode in the terminal?
Published August 7, 2021
To run a docker container in the background or the detached mode from the terminal, you can use the
docker run command followed by the
-d flag (or detached flag) and followed by the name of the docker image you need to use in the terminal.
# Run docker container in the background # or detached mode in the terminal docker run -d <YOUR_DOCKER_IMAGE_NAME>
For example, let's say we want to make a docker container from the
docker/getting-started docker image and then run the docker container in the background or detached mode. So here we can use the
docker run command like this,
# Run docker container in the background # or detached mode in the terminal docker run -d docker/getting-started
- After running the above command you may see some logs stating that it is downloading the image from the remote docker hub server since it is not in the system locally
The logs may look like this,
# Logs after running the above command # for the first time may look like this Unable to find image 'docker/getting-started:latest' locally latest: Pulling from docker/getting-started 540db60ca938: Pull complete 0ae30075c5da: Pull complete 9da81141e74e: Pull complete b2e41dd2ded0: Pull complete 7f40e809fb2d: Pull complete 758848c48411: Pull complete 23ded5c3e3fe: Pull complete 38a847d4d941: Pull complete Digest: sha256:10555bb0c50e13fc4dd965ddb5f00e948ffa53c13ff15dcdc85b7ab65e1f240b Status: Downloaded newer image for docker/getting-started:latest 99da43876210b14242b9ecb6ebfe62c55189789b8ef85ad2b4c4da011ec48a4f
This means the
docker/getting-started image has been downloaded and the container has been started by the docker engine.
Now since the docker container is started in the background you can use the terminal for other purposes too.
The above log will only for the first time while downloading, running the command again after this may show only the docker container id which is started.
Now if you go to the
localhost:80 in your browser, you can see it opens up the container application from the
If you want to try out docker commands online, see Play with docker lab to test out the commands.
That's all 😃!