Deploy tomcat applications in Docker containers

Deploying you applications in containers, you are sure that they are easily portable and scalable…

Here a sample of deploying a .war application using a Docker container

Create a Dockerfile like

FROM tomcat:8-jre8

MAINTAINER "Matteo <>"

ADD server.xml /usr/local/tomcat/conf/
ADD tomcat-users.xml /usr/local/tomcat/conf/
ADD ojdbc6.jar /usr/local/tomcat/lib/
ADD bips.war /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/

Build a docker image

docker build . -t myapp

Run one or more docker images of your appplication with

docker run --restart=unless-stopped --name myapp1 -p 8080:8080 -d myapp
docker run --restart=unless-stopped --name myapp2 -p 8081:8080 -d myapp

It is better to redirect tomcat logs to stdout: in this way you can see them with

docker logs myapp

Docker containers can be managed among several servers using tools like Kubernetes (an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications), but it should be an other post šŸ˜‰