Installing Docker Compose on Raspberry Pi


With Docker Compose, you can define and run multi-container Docker applications easily. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to install Docker Compose on your Raspberry Pi, so you can manage complex applications using Docker containers effortlessly.

Before proceeding with the installation, make sure you have Docker already installed on your Raspberry Pi. If not, please refer to our previous blog post on “Setting up Docker on Raspberry Pi” to get Docker up and running.

Step 1: Update Your System
As a best practice, always update your package lists before installing any new software. Run the following command to update your Raspberry Pi:

sudo apt update

Step 2: Install Docker Compose
Docker Compose can be installed using pip, the Python package manager. To install pip on your system, run the following command:

sudo apt install python3-pip

Once pip is installed, you can proceed to install Docker Compose:

sudo pip3 install docker-compose

Step 3: Verify Installation
After the installation is complete, verify that Docker Compose is installed and accessible by checking its version:

docker-compose --version

This command will display the version of Docker Compose if the installation was successful.

Step 4: Test Docker Compose
Now that Docker Compose is installed, you can test it by creating a simple Docker Compose file and running a container.

Create a new directory and navigate into it:

mkdir docker_test
cd docker_test

Create a docker-compose.yml file using a text editor of your choice (e.g., nano, vi, or vim) with the following contents:

version: '3'
    image: nginx
      - "80:80"

Save the file and exit the editor.

Run the following command to start the Nginx web server using Docker Compose:

docker-compose up -d

Step 5: Test the Web Server
To verify that the Nginx web server is running, open a web browser and enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP address. You should see the default Nginx welcome page.

Step 6: Stop and Remove Containers
To stop and remove the containers defined in your docker-compose.yml file, run the following command:

docker-compose down

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Docker Compose on your Raspberry Pi, allowing you to manage multi-container applications effortlessly. With Docker Compose, you can define complex services and their dependencies in a single file, making it easier to deploy and manage your applications. Enjoy experimenting with Docker Compose and exploring the world of containerized applications on your Raspberry Pi.

Happy containerizing!

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