To solve this problem, I followed advice from StackOverflow user @MazelTov's and built the containers on my local OSX development machine, then published the images to Docker Cloud, then pulled those images down onto and ran the images from my production server (AWS EC2).
I'll try and outline the steps I followed below in case they help others. Please note these steps require you to have docker and docker-compose installed on your development and production machines. I used the gui installer to install Docker for Mac.
After writing a Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml file, you can build your images with docker-compose up --build.
Upload Images to Docker Cloud
Once the images are built, you can upload them to Docker Cloud with the following steps. First, create an account on Docker Cloud.
Then store your Docker Cloud username in an environment variable (so your ~/.bash_profileshould contain export DOCKER_ID_USER='yaledhlab' (use your username though).
Next login to your account from your developer machine:
Once you're logged in, list your docker images:
This will display something like:
CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES
89478c386661 yaledhlab/let-them-speak-web "/bin/sh -c 'npm run…" About an hour ago Up About an hour 0.0.0.0:7082->7082/tcp letthemspeak_web_1
5e9c75d29051 training/webapp:latest "python app.py" 4 hours ago Up 4 hours 0.0.0.0:5000->5000/tcp heuristic_mirzakhani
890f7f1dc777 bitnami/tomcat:latest "/app-entrypoint.sh …" 4 hours ago Up About an hour 0.0.0.0:8080->8080/tcp letthemspeak_tomcat_service_1
09d74e36584d mongo "docker-entrypoint.s…" 4 hours ago Up About an hour 0.0.0.0:27017->27017/tcp letthemspeak_mongo_service_1
For each of the images you want to publish to Docker Cloud, run:
docker tag image_name $DOCKER_ID_USER/my-uploaded-image-name
docker push $DOCKER_ID_USER/my-uploaded-image-name
For example, to upload mywebapp_web to your user's account on Docker cloud, you can run:
docker tag mywebapp_web $DOCKER_ID_USER/web
docker push $DOCKER_ID_USER/web
You can then run open https://cloud.docker.com/swarm/$DOCKER_ID_USER/repository/list to see your uploaded images.
Finally, you can deploy your images on EC2 with the following steps. First, install Docker and Docker-Compose on the Amazon-flavored EC2 instance:
# install docker
sudo yum install docker -y
# start docker
sudo service docker start
# allow ec2-user to run docker
sudo usermod -a -G docker ec2-user
# get the docker-compose binaries
sudo curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.20.1/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
# change the permissions on the source
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
Log out, then log back in to update your user's groups. Then start a screen and run the server: screen. Once the screen starts, you should be able to add a new docker-compose config file that specifies the path to your deployed images. For example, I needed to fetch the let-them-speak-webcontainer housed within yaledhlab's Docker Cloud account, so I changed the docker-compose.ymlfile above to the file below, which I named production.yml:
# gain access to linked containers
# explicitly declare service dependencies
# set environment variables
Then the production compose file can be run with: docker-compose -f production.yml up. Finally, ssh in with another terminal, and detach the screen with screen -D.