Deploy an app from the UI

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These are the docs for UCP version 1.1

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With Docker Universal Control Plane you can deploy applications from the UI. You can define your application on the UI, or import an existing docker-compose.yml file.

In this example, we’re going to deploy a WordPress application.

Deploy WordPress

On your browser, log in to UCP, and navigate to the Applications page. There, click the Compose Application button, to deploy a new application.

The WordPress application we’re going to deploy is composed of two services:

  • wordpress: The container that runs Apache, PHP, and WordPress.
  • db: A MariaDB database used for data persistence.
  image: wordpress
    - db:mysql
    - 8080:80

  image: mariadb

Copy-paste the application definition to UCP, and name it ‘wordpress’. You can also upload a docker-compose.yml file from your machine, by clicking on the ‘Upload an existing docker-compose.yml’ link.

Click the Create button, to create the WordPress application.

Once UCP deploys the WordPress application, you can click on the wordpress_wordpress_1 container, to see its details.

In the container details page, search for the Ports the container is exposing.

In this example, WordPress can be accessed at Navigate to this address in your browser, to start using the WordPress app you just deployed.


There are some limitations when deploying application on the UI. You can’t reference any external files, so the following Docker Compose keywords are not supported:

  • build
  • dockerfile
  • env_file

To overcome these limitations, you can deploy your apps from the CLI.

Also, UCP doesn’t store the compose file used to deploy the application. You can use your version control system to persist that file.

Where to go next

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