3. Start the Devilbox

Congratulations, when you have reached this page everything has been set up and you can now get your hands dirty.

Note

Starting and stopping containers is done via docker-compose. If you have never worked with it before, have a look at their documentation for overview , up , stop , kill , rm , logs and pull commands.

Table of Contents

3.1. The Devilbox startup explained

To gain a brief understanding about what is happening under the hood during startup, read ahead or skip directly to: Start all container.

Startup operations with the same configuration are idempotent, thus consecutive startups will not introduce any new changes. The following shows the brief startup steps:

  • Docker Compose will automatically pull all necessary Docker images if they do not exist locally.
  • Once the HTTPD container start, it will automatically create a Certificate Authority to be used for https connections and will place it in the ca/ directory.
  • The HTTPD container will then look for already available projects and create virtual hosts configurations, apply vhost-gen templates as well as CA-signed HTTPS certificates.
  • Once the Bind container start, it will create a wildcard DNS zone for the given TLD_SUFFIX
  • In case MySQL or PgSQL container start, they will populate itself with their required default databases.

Note

Docker images are only pulled if they do not exist. They are not updated automatically. If you want to update to new Docker images read on: Update the Devilbox.

3.2. Start all container

If you want all provided docker container to be available (as defined in docker-compose.yml), start them all by not explicitly specifying any image name.

3.2.1. Foreground

For the first startup, foreground start is recommended to see any errors that might occur:

host> docker-compose up
  • If you want to gracefully stop all container, hit Ctrl + c
  • If you want to kill all container, hit Ctrl + c twice
  • Ensure to run docker-compose rm -f afterwards

3.2.2. Background

For consecutive startups you can send them into background (-d):

host> docker-compose up -d
  • If you want to gracefully stop all container, enter docker-compose stop
  • If you want to kill all container, enter docker-compose kil
  • Ensure to run docker-compose rm -f afterwards

3.3. Start some container

If you don’t require all container to be up and running and let’s say just PHP, HTTPD and MYSQL, you must explicitly specify the image names to start:

3.3.1. Foreground

host> docker-compose up httpd php mysql
  • If you want to gracefully stop all started container, hit Ctrl + c
  • If you want to kill all started container, hit Ctrl + c twice
  • Ensure to run docker-compose rm -f afterwards

3.3.2. Background

host> docker-compose up -d httpd php mysql
  • If you want to gracefully stop all container, enter docker-compose stop
  • If you want to kill all container, enter docker-compose kil
  • Ensure to run docker-compose rm -f afterwards

See also

Available container
Have a look at this page to get an overview about all available container and by what name they have to be specified.

3.4. Stop and Restart

Important

When stopping or restarting the Devilbox, ensure to also remove stopped container before the next startup to prevent orphaned runtime settings and always start fresh.

This will prevent many common Docker issues.

See also

Troubleshooting: What to always do first

3.4.1. Stop all container

# Stop all container
host> docker-compose stop
# Remove stopped container (important!)
host> docker-compose rm -f

3.4.2. Restart all container

# Stop all container
host> docker-compose stop
# Remove stopped container (important!)
host> docker-compose rm -f
# Start all container
host> docker-compose up

3.5. Open Devilbox intranet

Once docker-compose up has finished and all or the selected container are up and running, you can visit the Devilbox intranet with your favorite Web browser at http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1 (https://localhost or https://127.0.0.1 respectively).

The Intranet start page will also show you all running and failed containers:

../_images/devilbox-intranet-dash-all.png

Devilbox intranet: index dash view for all started container

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Devilbox intranet: index dash view for some started container

Important

Find Docker Toolbox IP address
When you are using Docker Toolbox the Devilbox web server port will not be available on your host computer. You first have to find out on which IP address the Docker Toolbox machine is serving and use this one instead.

3.6. Checklist

  1. Docker container are started successfully with docker-compose up
  2. docker-compose rm -f is issued before restarting the Devilbox
  3. Intranet is reachable via http://localhost, http://127.0.0.1 or Docker Toolbox IP address
  4. Intranet is reachable via https://localhost, https://127.0.0.1 (HTTPS)

See also

Troubleshooting