Install Lighttpd Inside Docker Container in Linux

Install Lighttpd Inside Docker Container in Linux

Lighttpd is a web server for serving web content to clients. Lighttpd is an open-source project released under the 3-clause BSD license.

This tutorial explains how to install Lighttpd 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 Lighttpd

  • Host network

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

docker run -t -d --name=lighttpd --restart=always --network=host \
    -v /var/www:/var/www/localhost/htdocs \
  • User-defined bridge network

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

docker network create app-net
docker run -t -d --name=lighttpd --restart=always --network=app-net \
    -p 8080:80 \
    -v /var/www:/var/www/localhost/htdocs \

Testing Lighttpd

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.

Lighttpd Inside Docker Container in Linux

Uninstall Lighttpd

To completely remove Lighttpd, remove its container and associated volume:

docker rm --force --volumes lighttpd

Remove Lighttpd image:

docker rmi sebp/lighttpd

You can also remove Lighttpd 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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