Setting up a Docker host on Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean is a minimalist cloud computing provider. Their virtual machines are cheap, fast, and take under a minute to spin up.

For this guide, you’ll need a Digital Ocean account. If you don’t have one yet, you can use my referral link and get $10 of credit.

Next, create an Ubuntu droplet by following the Digital Ocean tutorial.

Once your droplet is ready, SSH to it from a new terminal window and run the following command to install docker:

wget -qO- https://get.docker.com/ | sh

Once Docker is installed, create a test nginx container like so:

sudo docker run -d -p 80:80 nginx

Back in the Digital Ocean web console, note the IP address of your droplet, and enter it into your browser. Bask in the glory of your achievement.