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Punctual, lightweight development environments using Docker

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Punctual, lightweight development environments using Docker.

Fig is a tool for defining and running isolated application environments. You define the services which comprise your app in a simple, version-controllable YAML configuration file that looks like this:

build: .
- db
- 8000:8000
image: orchardup/postgresql

Then type `fig up`, and Fig will start and run your entire app:

$ fig up
Pulling image orchardup/postgresql...
Building web...
Starting example_db_1...
Starting example_web_1...
example_db_1 | 2014-01-02 14:47:18 UTC LOG: database system is ready to accept connections
example_web_1 | * Running on

There are commands to:

- start, stop and rebuild services
- view the status of running services
- tail running services' log output
- run a one-off command on a service

Fig is a project from [Orchard](, a Docker hosting service. [Follow us on Twitter]( to keep up to date with Fig and other Docker news.

Getting started

Let's get a basic Python web app running on Fig. It assumes a little knowledge of Python, but the concepts should be clear if you're not familiar with it.

First, install Docker. If you're on OS X, you can use [docker-osx](

$ curl > /usr/local/bin/docker
$ chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker
$ docker version

Docker has guides for [Ubuntu]( and [other platforms]( in their documentation.

Next, install Fig:

$ sudo pip install fig

(If you don’t have pip installed, try `brew install python` or `apt-get install python-pip`.)

You'll want to make a directory for the project:

$ mkdir figtest
$ cd figtest

Inside this directory, create ``, a simple web app that uses the Flask framework and increments a value in Redis:

from flask import Flask
from redis import Redis
import os
app = Flask(__name__)
redis = Redis(

def hello():
return 'Hello World! I have been seen %s times.' % redis.get('hits')

if __name__ == "__main__":"", debug=True)

We define our Python dependencies in a file called `requirements.txt`:


And we define how to build this into a Docker image using a file called `Dockerfile`:

FROM stackbrew/ubuntu:13.10
RUN apt-get -qq update
RUN apt-get install -y python python-pip
ADD . /code
RUN pip install -r requirements.txt
CMD python

That tells Docker to create an image with Python and Flask installed on it, run the command `python`, and open port 5000 (the port that Flask listens on).

We then define a set of services using `fig.yml`:

build: .
- 5000:5000
- .:/code
- redis
image: orchardup/redis

This defines two services:

- `web`, which is built from `Dockerfile` in the current directory. It also says to forward the exposed port 5000 on the container to port 5000 on the host machine, connect up the Redis service, and mount the current directory inside the container so we can work on code without having to rebuild the image.
- `redis`, which uses the public image [orchardup/redis](

Now if we run `fig up`, it'll pull a Redis image, build an image for our own code, and start everything up:

$ fig up
Pulling image orchardup/redis...
Building web...
Starting figtest_redis_1...
Starting figtest_web_1...
figtest_redis_1 | [8] 02 Jan 18:43:35.576 # Server started, Redis version 2.8.3
figtest_web_1 | * Running on

Open up [http://localhost:5000](http://localhost:5000) in your browser (or [http://localdocker:5000](http://localdocker:5000) if you're using [docker-osx]( and you should see it running!

If you want to run your services in the background, you can pass the `-d` flag to `fig up` and use `fig ps` to see what is currently running:

$ fig up -d
Starting figtest_redis_1...
Starting figtest_web_1...
$ fig ps
Name Command State Ports
figtest_redis_1 /usr/local/bin/run Up
figtest_web_1 /bin/sh -c python Up 5000->5000/tcp

`fig run` allows you to run one-off commands for your services. For example, to see what environment variables are available to the `web` service:

$ fig run web env

See `fig --help` other commands that are available.

You'll probably want to stop your services when you've finished with them:

$ fig stop

That's more-or-less how Fig works. See the reference section below for full details on the commands, configuration file and environment variables. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, [open an issue on GitHub]( or [email us](


### fig.yml

Each service defined in `fig.yml` must specify exactly one of `image` or `build`. Other keys are optional, and are analogous to their `docker run` command-line counterparts.

As with `docker run`, options specified in the Dockerfile (e.g. `CMD`, `EXPOSE`, `VOLUME`, `ENV`) are respected by default - you don't need to specify them again in `fig.yml`.

-- Tag or partial image ID. Can be local or remote - Fig will attempt to pull if it doesn't exist locally.
image: ubuntu
image: orchardup/postgresql
image: a4bc65fd

-- Path to a directory containing a Dockerfile. Fig will build and tag it with a generated name, and use that image thereafter.
build: /path/to/build/dir

-- Override the default command.
command: bundle exec thin -p 3000

-- Link to containers in another service (see "Communicating between containers").
- db
- redis

-- Expose ports. Either specify both ports (HOST:CONTAINER), or just the container port (a random host port will be chosen).
- 3000
- 8000:8000

-- Map volumes from the host machine (HOST:CONTAINER).
- cache/:/tmp/cache

-- Add environment variables.
RACK_ENV: development

### Environment variables

Fig uses [Docker links] to expose services' containers to one another. Each linked container injects a set of environment variables, each of which begins with the uppercase name of the container.

Full URL, e.g. `MYAPP_DB_1_PORT=tcp://`

Full URL, e.g. `MYAPP_DB_1_PORT_5432_TCP=tcp://`

Container's IP address, e.g. `MYAPP_DB_1_PORT_5432_TCP_ADDR=`

Exposed port number, e.g. `MYAPP_DB_1_PORT_5432_TCP_PORT=5432`

Protocol (tcp or udp), e.g. `MYAPP_DB_1_PORT_5432_TCP_PROTO=tcp`

Fully qualified container name, e.g. `MYAPP_DB_1_NAME=/myapp_web_1/myapp_db_1`

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