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Various Docker-Compose related tips.


Installing latest binary release of Docker-Compose on Linux

One of the things I like about Docker-Compose is that it's a single binary that is easily distributable.

You can of course install Docker-Compose via your distribution's package manager, but I prefer to install and manage docker-compose manually as I've had a few previous issues (or newer features missing) caused by older versions available in the package manager.

The following script simply downloads, makes executable, and copies the latest Docker-Compose version to your user .local/bin folder:


VERSION=$(curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/docker/compose/releases/latest | grep 'tag_name' | cut -d\" -f4)
wget https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/$VERSION/docker-compose-Linux-x86_64 -O docker-compose
mv docker-compose $HOME/.local/bin
chmod +x $HOME/.local/bin/docker-compose

Updating all images and containers in Docker-Compose subfolders

Often I have several docker-compose files in various subfolders - e.g. parent/docker-compose-app1, parent/docker-compose-app2, parent/docker-compose-app3 etc. and want to update all docker images & containers at once.

The below script will parse each subfolder of a parent folder and pull the latest docker image and restart (if necessary) the associated container.

for d in $(ls -d */); do
        echo -e "\n==> pulling $d"
        cd $d; dc pull;
        echo -e "==> up $d"
        dc up -d;
        cd ..;