Installing Docker in an AWS EC2 instance

AWS offers their own EC2 Container Service (ECS) which simplifies deploying Docker containers to EC2 instances (and clusters of instances) and management of your containers. If you want to do-it-yourself though, you can easily install docker yourself in your own instance.

For example, in an Ubuntu EC2 instance,

sudo apt-get install docker.io

Start the docker service with:

sudo service docker start

If you want to manage you own Docker install on EC2, AWS have a guide walking you what you need to know – for further details see here: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonECS/latest/developerguide/docker-basics.html

(Latest Ubuntu apt packages are docker-ce and docker-ee – see the Docker docs here for more info)

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