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Docker : Install Docker on Oracle Linux 7 (OL7)

This article demonstrates how to install Docker on Oracle Linux 7 (OL7) using a BTRFS file system.

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This article makes the following assumptions.

Install Docker

Enable all the required repositories. To do this you are going to need the yum-utils package.

yum install -y yum-utils zip unzip
yum-config-manager --enable ol7_optional_latest
yum-config-manager --enable ol7_addons

yum install -y oraclelinux-developer-release-el7
yum-config-manager --enable ol7_developer

Install Docker and BTRFS.

yum install -y docker-engine btrfs-progs btrfs-progs-devel

Configure BTRFS

By default the containers are created under the "/var/lib/docker", so you really need to house this on a separate disk or in a separate partition, preferably using BTRFS as the file system.

I have a second LUN with a device named "/dev/sdb". I could build the file system on this disk directly, but I prefer to partition the disks with a single partition using fdisk. These responses will create a new partition using the whole of the disk ("n", "p", "return", "return", "return", "w").

# fdisk /dev/sdb
Welcome to fdisk (util-linux 2.23.2).

Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
Be careful before using the write command.

Device does not contain a recognized partition table
Building a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0x2ccc116e.

Command (m for help): n
Partition type:
   p   primary (0 primary, 0 extended, 4 free)
   e   extended
Select (default p): p
Partition number (1-4, default 1): 
First sector (2048-25165823, default 2048): 
Using default value 2048
Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G} (2048-25165823, default 25165823): 
Using default value 25165823
Partition 1 of type Linux and of size 12 GiB is set

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.

Make the BTRFS file system on the "sdb1" partition. The Oracle Linux 7 Configuring Docker Storage manual describes how to use the docker-storage-config utility to do this with a single command.

# docker-storage-config -s btrfs -d /dev/sdb1
Creating 'btrfs' file system on: /dev/sdb1

We can see the file system is added to the "/etc/fstab" file and has been mounted under "/var/lib/docker" by the utility.

# cat /etc/fstab

# /etc/fstab
# Created by anaconda on Tue Nov 14 11:49:55 2017
# Accessible filesystems, by reference, are maintained under '/dev/disk'
# See man pages fstab(5), findfs(8), mount(8) and/or blkid(8) for more info
/dev/mapper/ol-root     /                       xfs     defaults        0 0
UUID=196ae589-c060-46b9-87dc-49d3ed2b01e7 /boot                   xfs     defaults        0 0
/dev/mapper/ol-swap     swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
UUID=10dbd6c1-8ae4-420e-91d8-b021f334e82b /var/lib/docker btrfs defaults 0 0 # added by docker-storage-config

# df -h
Filesystem           Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs             7.7G     0  7.7G   0% /dev
tmpfs                7.8G     0  7.8G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                7.8G   25M  7.7G   1% /run
tmpfs                7.8G     0  7.8G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/mapper/ol-root   45G   25G   21G  55% /
/dev/sda1            497M  291M  206M  59% /boot
tmpfs                1.6G   12K  1.6G   1% /run/user/42
tmpfs                1.6G     0  1.6G   0% /run/user/0
/dev/sdb1            100G   17M   98G   1% /var/lib/docker

If we didn't have access to the docker-storage-config utility we could have used the following commands.

# mkfs.btrfs -f -L docker1 /dev/sdb1
# systemctl stop docker.service
# rm -Rf /var/lib/docker
# mkdir /var/lib/docker
# echo "LABEL=docker1  /var/lib/docker btrfs defaults 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
# mount /var/lib/docker

Finish Docker Setup

Enable and start the Docker service.

# systemctl enable docker.service
# systemctl start docker.service

You can get information about docker using the following commands.

# systemctl status docker.service
# docker info
# docker version

You are now ready to start using Docker!

Docker Commands as Non-Root User

Docker commands run as the "root" user. You have three choices when if comes to running docker commands.

In this case we want to run the docker commands from a user called "docker_user", so we add an entry in the "/etc/sudoers" file and use an alias in the user's ".bash_profile" file so we don't have to keep typing the "sudo" command.

# useradd docker_user
# echo "docker_user  ALL=(ALL)  NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/docker" >> /etc/sudoers
# echo "alias docker=\"sudo /usr/bin/docker\"" >> /home/docker_user/.bash_profile
# su - docker_user
$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS               NAMES

Experimental Features

If you want to try the experimental features, you will need to enable them for the Docker engine. To do this on Oracle Linux edit the "/etc/sysconfig/docker" file and append "--experimental=true" to the OPTIONS setting.

OPTIONS='--selinux-enabled --experimental=true'

Then restart the Docker service.

# systemctl restart docker.service


The first time you attempt the pull down a new image you may see the following type of error.

FATA[0000] Get https://index.docker.io/v1/repositories/library/httpd/images: dial tcp: lookup index.docker.io: no such host

Assuming you have a valid internet connection, the problem will probably be fixed by restarting the Docker service.

# systemctl restart docker.service

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Hope this helps. Regards Tim...

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