The Docker Cloud Maker

This project is maintained by @grkvlt and @turlinux with support from @cloudsoft


Clocker creates and manages a Docker cloud infrastructure. Clocker supports single-click deployment and runtime management of composite applications distributed across multiple hosts. Plugins are included for both Project Calico and Weave to provide seamless Software-Defined Networking integration. Application blueprints written to run in virtual machines provisioned using Apache Brooklyn can thus be deployed to containers on your Docker Cloud infrastructure.

This repository contains the required Brooklyn entities and locations, and some example application blueprints.

Getting started

To get started, you just have to download the Clocker distribution archive, deploy one of the Docker Cloud blueprints to the cloud or machines of your choice, and then use Clocker to deploy your applications. This will automatically create the required Docker containers.

You can create a Docker Cloud on your favourite cloud provider or on a private or hybrid cloud, using any of the APIs supported by Apache jclouds. Alternatively you can target one or more existing machines for running Docker, for example using Vagrant and VirtualBox.

If you are keen to peek under the covers, you will find the Docker Cloud infrastructure blueprints at either docker-cloud-calico.yaml or docker-cloud-weave.yaml depending on your choice of SDN provider. These show the components being created, including examples of placement strategies and container naming schemes.

Using the latest Clocker release

The current version of Clocker is 1.1.0-PREVIEW.20151205. You can deploy your own Docker Cloud with a Project Calico SDN by running these commands with the <network> argument set to calico, to use Weave as your SDN provider, change the argument to weave instead:

% wget --no-check-certificate --quiet \
    -O brooklyn-clocker-dist.tar.gz
% tar zxf brooklyn-clocker-dist.tar.gz
% cd brooklyn-clocker
% ./bin/ <location> <network>

Where <location> is a jclouds supported provider such as jclouds:softlayer:lon02 for SoftLayer London, a named location or a fixed IP like byon:(hosts=""). Those simple steps will give you a running docker instance on your favourite cloud.

Please note that the Calico version does not currently work with AWS. Please use Weave with AWS.

A Docker image is also available on Docker Hub. You must provide volume sources for a .brooklyn directory that is writeable, and your .ssh directory, and if you want to use a different port to 8080 or 8443 they must be forwarded on the host. A suitable startup command would be:

% docker run -d -v ~/.brooklyn:/root/.brooklyn -v ~/.ssh:/root/.ssh -P \
    clockercentral/clocker <location> <network>

For anything other than a localhost or bring-your-own-nodes location, it is vital that you first configure a ~/.brooklyn/ file with cloud credentials and security details, and create an SSH key (defaulting to ~/.ssh/id_rsa). A simple example file would be:

# Optional user and credential setup of admin:password for accessing the Brooklyn web-console.
# To genreate the hashed password, see `brooklyn generate-password --user admin` = = admin = DOp5 = ffc241eae74cd035fdab353229d53c20943d0c1b6a0a8972a4f24769d99a6826

# Optional SSH configuration
brooklyn.ssh.config.privateKeyFile = ~/.ssh/id_rsa_clocker
brooklyn.ssh.config.publicKeyFile = ~/.ssh/

# Cloud location configurations
brooklyn.location.jclouds.softlayer.identity =
brooklyn.location.jclouds.softlayer.credential = softlayersecretapikey
brooklyn.location.named.Softlayer-California = jclouds:softlayer:sjc01 = ACCESS_KEY = awssecretkey
brooklyn.location.named.Amazon-Ireland = jclouds:aws-ec2:eu-west-1

For more information on setting up locations, including supplying cloud provider credentials, see the Setting Locations section of the Brooklyn user guide. For a more in-depth look, see Locations.

The Brooklyn web-console, which will be deploying and managing your Docker Cloud, can be accessed at http://localhost:8081 - this URL will have been printed on your console during startup.

Once your Docker Cloud application has started, a new location named my-docker-cloud will be available in the Locations drop-down list when adding new applications. Simply start a new application in this location and it will use Docker containers instead of virtual machines.

For more information on deploying applications from the Brooklyn catalog, see Launching from the Catalog in the Brooklyn user guide. You can also paste a YAML blueprint into the YAML tab of the Add Application dialog, as follows:

location: my-docker-cloud
- type: org.apache.brooklyn.entity.webapp.tomcat.Tomcat8Server
  wars.root: ""

A blueprint for a simple application using a single Docker image would look like this:

location: my-docker-cloud
- type: docker:redis:3
  - 6379

More complex applications using multiple images can link them with the links configuration key, for example like this:

location: my-docker-cloud
- type: org.apache.brooklyn.entity.nosql.redis.RedisStore
  id: redis
  install.version: 3.0.0
  start.timeout: 10m
- type: docker:clockercentral/dnmonster:1.0
  id: dnmonster
  - 8080
- type: docker:clockercentral/identidock:1.8
  id: identidock
    80: 9090
  - $brooklyn:component("redis")
  - $brooklyn:component("dnmonster")
More information on designing application blueprints can be found in the Clocker wiki pages.

Building from source

Build and run the examples as follows:

% git clone
% cd clocker
% mvn clean install
% cd examples/target/brooklyn-clocker-dist/brooklyn-clocker
% ./bin/ <location> <network>

If you just want to test the latest code, then our Travis CI build runs for every commit and the resulting distribution files are archived and made available for download on Amazon S3.

Getting involved

Clocker is Apache 2.0 licensed, and builds on Apache Brooklyn. Please get involved and join the discussion on Freenode, IRC #brooklyncentral or the Apache Brooklyn community mailing list. We also maintain a Trello board with the current roadmap and active tasks.


Please visit the wiki for more details.

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