Quickstart: Compose and WordPressEstimated reading time: 3 minutes
You can use Docker Compose to easily run WordPress in an isolated environment built with Docker containers. This quick-start guide demonstrates how to use Compose to set up and run WordPress. Before starting, install Compose installed.
Define the project
Create an empty project directory.
You can name the directory something easy for you to remember. This directory is the context for your application image. The directory should only contain resources to build that image.
This project directory contains a
docker-compose.ymlfile which is complete in itself for a good starter wordpress project.
Tip: You can use either a
.yamlextension for this file. They both work.
Change directories into your project directory.
For example, if you named your directory
docker-compose.ymlfile that starts your
WordPressblog and a separate
MySQLinstance with a volume mount for data persistence:
version: '3.3' services: db: image: mysql:5.7 volumes: - dbdata:/var/lib/mysql restart: always environment: MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: somewordpress MYSQL_DATABASE: wordpress MYSQL_USER: wordpress MYSQL_PASSWORD: wordpress wordpress: depends_on: - db image: wordpress:latest ports: - "8000:80" restart: always environment: WORDPRESS_DB_HOST: db:3306 WORDPRESS_DB_USER: wordpress WORDPRESS_DB_PASSWORD: wordpress volumes: dbdata:
The docker volume
db_datapersists any updates made by WordPress to the database. Learn more about docker volumes
WordPress Multisite works only on ports
Build the project
docker-compose up -d from your project directory.
This runs docker-compose up in detached mode, pulls the needed images, and starts the wordpress and database containers, as shown in the example below.
$ docker-compose up -d Creating network "my_wordpress_default" with the default driver Pulling db (mysql:5.7)... 5.7: Pulling from library/mysql efd26ecc9548: Pull complete a3ed95caeb02: Pull complete ... Digest: sha256:34a0aca88e85f2efa5edff1cea77cf5d3147ad93545dbec99cfe705b03c520de Status: Downloaded newer image for mysql:5.7 Pulling wordpress (wordpress:latest)... latest: Pulling from library/wordpress efd26ecc9548: Already exists a3ed95caeb02: Pull complete 589a9d9a7c64: Pull complete ... Digest: sha256:ed28506ae44d5def89075fd5c01456610cd6c64006addfe5210b8c675881aff6 Status: Downloaded newer image for wordpress:latest Creating my_wordpress_db_1 Creating my_wordpress_wordpress_1
Note: WordPress Multisite works only on ports
443. If you get an error message about binding
443(depending on which one you specified), it is likely that the port you configured for WordPress is already in use by another service.
Bring up WordPress in a web browser
At this point, WordPress should be running on port
8000 of your Docker Host,
and you can complete the “famous five-minute installation” as a WordPress
Note: The WordPress site is not immediately available on port
8000because the containers are still being initialized and may take a couple of minutes before the first load.
If you are using Docker Machine, you can run the command
docker-machine ip MACHINE_VM to get the machine address, and then open
http://MACHINE_VM_IP:8000 in a web browser.
If you are using Docker for Mac or Docker for Windows, you can use
http://localhost as the IP address, and open
http://localhost:8000 in a web
Shutdown and cleanup
The command docker-compose down removes the containers and default network, but preserves your WordPress database.
docker-compose down --volumes removes the containers, default
network, and the WordPress database.
More Compose documentation
- User guide
- Installing Compose
- Getting Started
- Get started with Django
- Get started with Rails
- Command line reference
- Compose file reference