Install Apache Inside Docker Container in Linux

Install Apache Inside Docker Container in Linux

Apache HTTP Server is a cross-platform web server which serves web content to clients who request it. Apache is an open-source project which released under the Apache License 2.0.

This tutorial explains how to install Apache inside a Docker container in the Linux. Commands have been tested on Ubuntu.

Prepare environment

Make sure you have installed Docker in your system. If you are using Ubuntu, installation instructions can be found in the post.

Install Apache

  • Host network

Run the following command to create a container for Apache that uses host network:

docker run -d --name=apache --restart=always --network=host \
    -v /var/www:/usr/local/apache2/htdocs \
  • User-defined bridge network

User-defined bridge network can be used for listening on different port. By default, Apache service is listening on port 80. It can be changed with -p option.

docker network create app-net
docker run -d --name=apache --restart=always --network=app-net \
    -p 8080:80 \
    -v /var/www:/usr/local/apache2/htdocs \

Testing Apache

Create simple index.html for testing:

echo '<!DOCTYPE html><html><head><title>Title</title></head><body>Hello world</body></html>' | sudo tee /var/www/index.html

Open a web browser and go to http://<IP_ADDRESS>, where <IP_ADDRESS> is the IP address of the system. You will see a recently created page.

Apache Inside Docker Container in Linux

Uninstall Apache

To completely remove Apache, remove its container:

docker rm --force apache

Remove Apache image:

docker rmi httpd

You can also remove Apache web data:

sudo rm -rf /var/www

If a user-defined bridge network was created, you can delete it as follows:

docker network rm app-net

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