Dockerize an existing cakephp 2.x project

Can be useful as first thing, create a mysql and a phpmyadmin instance:

docker run --name docker-mysql -v /my/path/mysql/datadir:/var/lib/mysql -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=mypassword --restart always -d mysql
docker run --name docker-phpmyadmin -d --link docker-mysql:db -p 8081:80 -d phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin

In the root folder of your cakephp app create three file (Dockerfile, docker-compose.yml and default.conf):


FROM php:5-apache
MAINTAINER pierangelo orizio <>

WORKDIR /var/www/html

COPY ./default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf

RUN docker-php-ext-install pdo pdo_mysql

RUN apt-get update && \
apt-get -y install curl git libicu-dev libpq-dev zlib1g-dev zip && \
docker-php-ext-install intl mbstring pcntl pdo_mysql pdo_pgsql zip && \
usermod -u 1000 www-data && \
usermod -a -G users www-data && \
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www && \
curl -sS | php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer && \
a2enmod rewrite

COPY . /var/www/html


version: '2'
build: .
- "8090:80"
- ~/my/local/path/html:/var/www/html
- docker-mysql:db
network_mode: bridge


<VirtualHost *:80>
# The ServerName directive sets the request scheme, hostname and port that
# the server uses to identify itself. This is used when creating
# redirection URLs. In the context of virtual hosts, the ServerName
# specifies what hostname must appear in the request's Host: header to
# match this virtual host. For the default virtual host (this file) this
# value is not decisive as it is used as a last resort host regardless.
# However, you must set it for any further virtual host explicitly.

ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/app/webroot

<Directory /var/www/html/app/webroot>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride all
Require all granted

# Available loglevels: trace8, ..., trace1, debug, info, notice, warn,
# error, crit, alert, emerg.
# It is also possible to configure the loglevel for particular
# modules, e.g.
#LogLevel info ssl:warn

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

# For most configuration files from conf-available/, which are
# enabled or disabled at a global level, it is possible to
# include a line for only one particular virtual host. For example the
# following line enables the CGI configuration for this host only
# after it has been globally disabled with "a2disconf".
#Include conf-available/serve-cgi-bin.conf

from command line inside the root folder of the project we can launch this commands:

docker-compose build
docker-compose up -d

for more info take a look here:

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