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Define and run multi-container applications with Docker. Usage: docker-compose [-f <arg>...] [options] [COMMAND] [ARGS...] docker-compose -h|--help Options: -f, --file FILE Specify an alternate compose file (default: docker-compose.yml) -p, --project-name NAME Specify an alternate project name (default: directory name) --verbose Show more output -v, --version Print version and exit -H, --host HOST Daemon socket to connect to --tls Use TLS; implied by --tlsverify --tlscacert CA_PATH Trust certs signed only by this CA --tlscert CLIENT_CERT_PATH Path to TLS certificate file --tlskey TLS_KEY_PATH Path to TLS key file --tlsverify Use TLS and verify the remote --skip-hostname-check Don't check the daemon's hostname against the name specified in the client certificate (for example if your docker host is an IP address) Commands: build Build or rebuild services bundle Generate a Docker bundle from the Compose file config Validate and view the compose file create Create services down Stop and remove containers, networks, images, and volumes events Receive real time events from containers exec Execute a command in a running container help Get help on a command kill Kill containers logs View output from containers pause Pause services port Print the public port for a port binding ps List containers pull Pull service images push Push service images restart Restart services rm Remove stopped containers run Run a one-off command scale Set number of containers for a service start Start services stop Stop services top Display the running processes unpause Unpause services up Create and start containers version Show the Docker-Compose version information
The Docker Compose binary. You use this command to build and manage multiple services in Docker containers.
-f flag to specify the location of a Compose configuration file. You
can supply multiple
-f configuration files. When you supply multiple files,
Compose combines them into a single configuration. Compose builds the
configuration in the order you supply the files. Subsequent files override and
add to their successors.
For example, consider this command line:
$ docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml -f docker-compose.admin.yml run backup_db
docker-compose.yml file might specify a
webapp: image: examples/web ports: - "8000:8000" volumes: - "/data"
docker-compose.admin.yml also specifies this same service, any matching
fields will override the previous file. New values, add to the
webapp: build: . environment: - DEBUG=1
- (dash) as the filename to read the configuration from
stdin. When stdin is used all paths in the configuration are
relative to the current working directory.
-f flag is optional. If you don’t provide this flag on the command line,
Compose traverses the working directory and its parent directories looking for a
docker-compose.yml and a
docker-compose.override.yml file. You must
supply at least the
docker-compose.yml file. If both files are present on the
same directory level, Compose combines the two files into a single configuration.
The configuration in the
docker-compose.override.yml file is applied over and
in addition to the values in the
See also the
COMPOSE_FILE environment variable.
Each configuration has a project name. If you supply a
-p flag, you can
specify a project name. If you don’t specify the flag, Compose uses the current
directory name. See also the
COMPOSE_PROJECT_NAME environment variable