Using Docker Stack To Run Docker Flow Proxy¶
This article assumes that you already understand how Docker Flow Proxy works. If you don't, please visit the Running Docker Flow Proxy In Swarm Mode With Automatic Reconfiguration page for a tutorial.
We'll explore how to create Docker Flow Proxy service through Docker Compose files and the
docker stack deploy command.
The examples that follow assume that you are using Docker v1.13+, Docker Compose v1.10+, and Docker Machine v0.9+.
If you are a Windows user, please run all the examples from Git Bash (installed through Docker Toolbox). Also, make sure that your Git client is configured to check out the code AS-IS. Otherwise, Windows might change carriage returns to the Windows format.
Please note that Docker Flow Proxy is not limited to Docker Machine. We're using it as an easy way to create a cluster.
Swarm Cluster Setup¶
To setup an example Swarm cluster using Docker Machine, please run the commands that follow.
Feel free to skip this section if you already have a working Swarm cluster.
curl -o swarm-cluster.sh \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/\ vfarcic/docker-flow-proxy/master/scripts/swarm-cluster.sh chmod +x swarm-cluster.sh ./swarm-cluster.sh docker-machine ssh node-1
Now we're ready to deploy the
Running Docker Flow Proxy As A Docker Stack¶
We'll start by creating a network.
docker network create --driver overlay proxy
The proxy network will be dedicated to the proxy container and services that will be attached to it.
The content of the
docker-compose-stack.yml file is as follows.
version: "3" services: proxy: image: vfarcic/docker-flow-proxy ports: - 80:80 - 443:443 networks: - proxy environment: - LISTENER_ADDRESS=swarm-listener - MODE=swarm deploy: replicas: 2 swarm-listener: image: vfarcic/docker-flow-swarm-listener networks: - proxy volumes: - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock environment: - DF_NOTIFY_CREATE_SERVICE_URL=http://proxy:8080/v1/docker-flow-proxy/reconfigure - DF_NOTIFY_REMOVE_SERVICE_URL=http://proxy:8080/v1/docker-flow-proxy/remove deploy: placement: constraints: [node.role == manager] networks: proxy: external: true
The format is written in version
3 (mandatory for
docker stack deploy).
It contains two services;
swarm-listener. Since you are already familiar with Docker Flow Proxy and Docker Flow Swarm Listener, the arguments used with the services should be self-explanatory.
proxy network is defined as
external. Even though
docker stack deploy will create a
default network for all the services that form the stack, the
proxy network should be external so that we can attach services from other stacks to it.
Let's create the stack.
curl -o docker-compose-stack.yml \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/\ vfarcic/docker-flow-proxy/master/docker-compose-stack.yml docker stack deploy -c docker-compose-stack.yml proxy
The tasks of the stack can be seen through the
stack ps command.
docker stack ps proxy
The output is as follows (IDs are removed for brevity).
NAME IMAGE NODE DESIRED STATE CURRENT STATE ERROR PORTS proxy_proxy.1 vfarcic/docker-flow-proxy:latest node-2 Running Running 2 minutes ago proxy_swarm-listener.1 vfarcic/docker-flow-swarm-listener:latest node-1 Running Running 2 minutes ago proxy_proxy.2 vfarcic/docker-flow-proxy:latest node-3 Running Running 2 minutes ago
We are running two replicas of the
proxy (for high-availability in the case of a failure) and one of the
Deploying Services Alongside Docker Flow Proxy¶
Let's deploy a demo stack. It consists of two containers; mongo is the database, and vfarcic/go-demo is the service that uses it.
version: '3' services: main: image: vfarcic/go-demo environment: - DB=db networks: - proxy - default deploy: replicas: 3 labels: - com.df.notify=true - com.df.distribute=true - com.df.servicePath=/demo - com.df.port=8080 db: image: mongo networks: - default networks: default: external: false proxy: external: true
The stack defines two services (
db). They will communicate with each other through the
default network that will be created automatically by the stack. Since the
main service is an API, it should be accessible through the proxy, so we're attaching
proxy network as well. The
main service defines four service labels. They are the same labels you used in the Running Docker Flow Proxy In Swarm Mode With Automatic Reconfiguration tutorial.
Don't confuse service with container labels. The syntax is the same with the difference that service labels are inside the
deploy section. Docker Flow Swarm Listener supports only service labels.
curl -o docker-compose-go-demo.yml \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/\ vfarcic/go-demo/master/docker-compose-stack.yml docker stack deploy -c docker-compose-go-demo.yml go-demo docker stack ps go-demo
We downloaded the stack definition, executed
stack deploy command that created the services and run the
stack ps command that lists the tasks that belong to the
go-demo stack. The output is as follows (IDs are removed for brevity).
NAME IMAGE NODE DESIRED STATE CURRENT STATE ERROR PORTS go-demo_main.1 vfarcic/go-demo:latest node-2 Running Running 7 seconds ago ... go-demo_db.1 mongo:latest node-2 Running Running 21 seconds ago go-demo_main.2 vfarcic/go-demo:latest node-2 Running Running 19 seconds ago ... go-demo_main.3 vfarcic/go-demo:latest node-2 Running Running 20 seconds ago ...
Since Mongo database is much bigger than the
main service, it takes more time to pull it, resulting in a few failures. The
go-demo service is designed to fail if it cannot connect to its database. Once the
db service is running, the
main service should stop failing, and we'll see three replicas with the current state
After a few moments, the
swarm-listener service will detect the
main service from the
go-demo stack and send the
proxy a request to reconfigure itself. We can see the result by sending an HTTP request to the proxy.
exit curl -i "$(docker-machine ip node-1)/demo/hello"
The output is as follows.
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:57:05 GMT Content-Length: 14 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 hello, world!
The proxy was reconfigured and forwards all requests with the base path
/demo to the
main service from the
For more advanced usage of the proxy, please see the examples from Running Docker Flow Proxy In Swarm Mode With Automatic Reconfiguration tutorial or consult the configuration and usage documentation.
Please remove Docker Machine VMs we created. You might need those resources for some other tasks.
exit docker-machine rm -f node-1 node-2 node-3