How To Get Running Containers In Docker

So you’ve discovered the world of Docker containers and you’re ready to dive in and get your containers up and running. I remember when I first started working with Docker, I was amazed by the flexibility and efficiency it offers. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of getting your containers up and running in Docker, sharing my own experiences and personal tips along the way.

Understanding Docker Containers

Before we jump into getting our containers running, let’s take a moment to understand what Docker containers are. Think of a Docker container as a lightweight, standalone, and executable software package that includes everything needed to run a piece of software, including the code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings. This encapsulation allows for consistency across different environments, making it easier to develop, ship, and run applications.

Checking Docker Installation

First things first, ensure that Docker is installed on your system. Open your terminal and run the following command:

docker --version

If Docker is installed, you should see the version information displayed. If not, head over to to install Docker on your system.

Pulling a Docker Image

Now that we have Docker installed, we need an image to run a container. Let’s pull an image from the Docker Hub. I usually start with the official Nginx image. Run the following command in your terminal:

docker pull nginx

This will download the latest Nginx image to your local machine. You can replace “nginx” with any other image name from the Docker Hub.

Running a Docker Container

With the image available locally, it’s time to run a container. Use the following command:

docker run -d -p 8080:80 nginx

This command runs a new container from the pulled Nginx image in detached mode (-d) and bound to port 8080 on my local machine (-p 8080:80). Feel free to change the port numbers to suit your needs.

Viewing Running Containers

To see the containers currently running on your system, use the following command:

docker ps

This will list all the running containers along with their container IDs, images, status, and more.

Stopping and Removing a Container

If you ever need to stop or remove a container, you can use the following commands:

docker stop [container-id]

docker rm [container-id]

Replace [container-id] with the actual container ID obtained from the docker ps command.


And there you have it! You’ve successfully pulled an image from the Docker Hub and run it as a container. Docker containers have transformed the way I develop and deploy applications, and I hope this guide has helped you take the first step in harnessing the power of Docker. Happy containerizing!