Scale the service in the swarm

Once you have deployed a service to a swarm, you are ready to use the Docker CLI to scale the number of containers in the service. Containers running in a service are called tasks.

  1. If you haven't already, open a terminal and ssh into the machine where you run your manager node. For example, the tutorial uses a machine named manager1.

  2. Run the following command to change the desired state of the service running in the swarm:

    $ docker service scale <SERVICE-ID>=<NUMBER-OF-TASKS>

    For example:

    $ docker service scale helloworld=5
    helloworld scaled to 5
  3. Run docker service ps <SERVICE-ID> to see the updated task list:

    $ docker service ps helloworld
    NAME                                    IMAGE   NODE      DESIRED STATE  CURRENT STATE
    helloworld.1.8p1vev3fq5zm0mi8g0as41w35  alpine  worker2   Running        Running 7 minutes
    helloworld.2.c7a7tcdq5s0uk3qr88mf8xco6  alpine  worker1   Running        Running 24 seconds
    helloworld.3.6crl09vdcalvtfehfh69ogfb1  alpine  worker1   Running        Running 24 seconds
    helloworld.4.auky6trawmdlcne8ad8phb0f1  alpine  manager1  Running        Running 24 seconds
    helloworld.5.ba19kca06l18zujfwxyc5lkyn  alpine  worker2   Running        Running 24 seconds

    You can see that swarm has created 4 new tasks to scale to a total of 5 running instances of Alpine Linux. The tasks are distributed between the three nodes of the swarm. One is running on manager1.

  4. Run docker ps to see the containers running on the node where you're connected. The following example shows the tasks running on manager1:

    $ docker ps
    CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS               NAMES
    528d68040f95        alpine:latest       "ping"   About a minute ago   Up About a minute                       helloworld.4.auky6trawmdlcne8ad8phb0f1

    If you want to see the containers running on other nodes, ssh into those nodes and run the docker ps command.

Next steps

At this point in the tutorial, you're finished with the helloworld service. Next, you'll delete the service