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Deploying Spring Based WAR Application to Docker

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This tutorial is explained in the below Youtube Video.

In a previous tutorial we had created a simple Spring Boot Web Application named employee-producer, that exposed a REST web service. This was developed to be deployed using WAR packaging.
We will be creating an image for deploying this war application to tomcat.
Deploying Spring Based WAR Application to Docker
Create the dockerfile. Docker file is a list of commands that we want the docker engine to execute. We will be needing a tomcat image using which we will be deploying our application. Go to dockerhub and search tomcat, we will be using official tomcat images. Here since we are using jdk 8 so we select alpine 8.

Docker Get Tomcat Image
Go to the spring boot project folder and create a docker file as follows-
From tomcat:8.0.51-jre8-alpine
CMD ["","run"]

Create Dockerfile
Open the terminal and install the docker
yum install docker

Install Docker
Another terminal, start the docker
systemctl start docker

Now open the terminal and go to the Spring Boot project folder.
Next we will build an image with the name producer.
docker image build -t employee-producer .

Next we will run the above image as a container

docker container run -d employee-producer

Docker Run Image as Container
Here we have started the container. Now using the following command check the logs
docker container logs lb

Docker get producer logs

Docker get producer logs2
The application has started successfully. If we go to localhost:8080 we see that tomcat is not running.
Docker start tomcat
This is because tomcat would have started inside the docker on port 8080. But we cannot access this port directly since its running inside the docker.

Now stop the existing running container-
Again run the image as a container but this time using the publish command where we link the docker internal port 8080 to external port 8080, so that it can be accessed externally.

docker container run -p 8080:8080 -d employee-producer

Now go to localhost:8080

So we have linked the docker internal port 8080 to our external port 8080. Now go to localhost:8080 and we can see that tomcat has started successfully.
Next we will see how to go inside the docker and investigate it using the docker exec command.
docker container exec -it 03 /bin/sh

We will need to copy our WAR file in the webapps folder of the tomcat inside the docker. This we will do it adding commands to the docker file.

From tomcat:8.0.51-jre8-alpine
RUN rm -rf /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/*
COPY ./target/employee-producer-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT.war
CMD ["","run"]

Now stop the docker container we had previously started.

docker container stop 03

Again build the image, and start the container.

Go to localhost:8080/employee, we will see that our application is deployed successfully.