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Building Docker Image for Ubuntu 20.04

Dikshita Shirodkar
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4 min readAug 25, 2021


In this article, you’ll learn how to build a Ubuntu 20.04 image. But before starting to build the image, let’s quickly have a brief about docker.

Why Docker??


Docker helps you to build, ship and run your app, anywhere. It helps you to pack all your libraries, binaries, OS, and application-related services readily available to build your app. Hence termed as containerized technology easy for people to use.

Docker is like a virtual machine but unlike a virtual machine. Instead of creating a whole virtual operating system, this application allows you to use the same kernel as the system the docker is running on. What is a Docker image?

What is a Docker image?

Images are files used to execute a set of code within a docker container. They contain a set of commands to build a docker container. An image can be compared as a snapshot of a virtual machine. The image itself contains commands needed to build a container using the libraries, dependencies, tools, environment files, configs in order to run the application within a container. Containers are dependent on images because the images act as a starting point, which helps to build a container (runtime environment).

Here’s is a list of docker commands

  • docker-compose up -d - Builds, (re)creates, starts, and attaches to containers for a service.
  • docker ps - list the containers
  • Docker images :- lists all the images
  • docker run - Runs a command in a new container.
  • docker start - Starts one or more stopped containers.
  • docker stop - Stops one or more running containers.
  • docker build - Builds the image from the Docker file.
  • docker pull - Pulls an image or repository from a registry.
  • docker push - Pushes and image or repository to a registry.
  • docker exec - Runs a command in a run-time container.
  • docker search - Searches the Docker Hub for images.
  • docker commit - Create a new image from a container’s changes.

To know the full list of commands, do refer to the Docker documentation

Installing Docker

Before we start, we need to have Docker installed, whether it’s on your local machine or a remote server. Refer to the official site to install and set up Docker on your machine.

Once you install the Docker, you will be able to view & access the GUI interface, which would look like:

Docker GUI

Pull a Docker image of Ubuntu machine with version 20.04

1. In order to use Ubuntu 20.04, we need to pull the image from the docker hub. Docker Hub is a hosted repository service provided by Docker for finding and sharing container images with anyone over the internet. For more information refer to this site.

To pull the image, run the below command:

$ docker pull ubuntu:20.04

This will pull the Ubuntu image and will be able to see it in the listing screen within the Docker GUI interface. Also, you can verify the pull, via the CLI command

$ docker image ls -aREPOSITORY                       TAG       IMAGE ID       CREATED        SIZE
ubuntu 20.04 7e0aa2d69a15 2 months ago 72.7MB

2. Let’s run the Ubuntu 20.04 image using the command:

$ docker run -it --entrypoint "/bin/bash" ubuntu:20.04

This will build and run a container for Ubuntu 20.04 image. Also, we have attached an entry point, that will launch a bash shell.

Build a Ubuntu 20.04 container using a docker-compose

Compose is a tool for defining and running multi-container Docker applications. With Compose, you use a YAML file to configure your application’s services. Then, with a single command, you create and start all the services from your configuration.

Here we will build the Ubuntu 20.04 container using docker-compose.

  1. Create docker-compose.yaml file and add necessary configurations to pull and build the container. The file looks like this:
version: '3.9' # optional since v1.27.0
image: ubuntu:20.04
tty: true

2. List the Docker containers using the command:

$ docker ps -a
e547b463ed0e ubuntu:20.04 "/bin/bash" 4 weeks ago Exited (0) 34 minutes ago testProject_ubuntu_1

3. Run and build the docker-compose.yaml

$ docker-compose up -d
Docker Compose is now in the Docker CLI, try `docker compose up`
Starting testProject_ubuntu_1 ... done

4. Now you can access the container, simply by executing:

$ docker exec -i -t testProject_ubuntu_1 /bin/bash

There you go, we have created a Docker container of Ubuntu 20.04. That’s all 😄

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Dikshita Shirodkar

Autodidact QA, enagaged in self-discovery