apache in docker to serve local website

I have some backup’s of website on my laptop, which I occasionally want to view. Now, I could have setup apache to serve them directly with VirtualHost or alias but wanted a better solution. So, docker comes to rescue.

First, I installed fedora-dockerfiles and then made some modifications, here they are :

sudo yum install fedora-dockerfiles

After this is done, go to /usr/share/fedora-dockerfiles/apache and make some modification to Dockerfile.  After the modifications, the file looks like this

FROM fedora
MAINTAINER “Scott Collier” <[email protected]>

RUN yum -y update; yum clean all
RUN yum -y install httpd; yum clean all
RUN echo “Apache” >> /var/www/html/index.html


# Simple startup script to avoid some issues observed with container restart
ADD run-apache.sh /run-apache.sh
ADD php.conf /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf
RUN chmod -v +x /run-apache.sh
RUN yum -y install php

CMD [“/run-apache.sh”]


Now copy the php.conf file to current directory.

sudo cp /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf .

#Build the docker image
docker build --rm -t apache .

#and then quickly test the image like this -
docker run -t -i --rm -p 80:80 apache

#open the site in firefox
firefox -new-tab http://loccalhost

Once you see that the docker is running fine, time to create a script to do this in your desired directory.
I always have “~/bin” in $PATH, so I created ~/bin/docker.sh file with the following contents:

#!/bin/bash -
#          FILE: docker_firefox.sh
#         USAGE: ./docker_firefox.sh
#       OPTIONS: ---
#          BUGS: ---
#         NOTES: ---
#        AUTHOR: Amit Agarwal (aka)
#      REVISION:  ---

echo "Run Ubu website:::"
CID=$(docker run  -d -p 80:80  -v $dir:/var/www/html:ro apache)
echo docker CID is $CID
firefox -new-tab http://localhost/index.php

After this time to test:

Just run this script and you should have the contents of current directory in your browser.

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