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Leiningen in Docker as base image for your clojure projects.
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lein - Leiningen build tool for automating Clojure projects in Docker


The purpose of this container is not to run Leiningen with files on your hostsystem. It is aimed to be useful as a base-image for leiningen-projects inside of a Docker Container.


We will create a luminus webapp and run it inside a Docker Container.

First open a shell and cd into your workspace / projects / playground / whatever-directory. Then type:

$ lein new luminus hello-lein-docker
$ cd hello-lein-docker
$ cp .gitignore .dockerignore

The .dockerignore-file is added to increase build-performance. For more information take a look at the documentation for .dockerignore.

Next create a new file with the name Dockerfile and add the following content

FROM axeclbr/leiningen

MAINTAINER Your Name <Your.Name@youremailaddr.ess>

COPY . /root/hello-lein-docker

WORKDIR /root/hello-lein-docker

RUN /usr/local/bin/lein deps

CMD ["/usr/local/bin/lein", "run"]

Now you are ready to build the docker container:

$ docker build -t myleincontainer .

It will take a few seconds for the container to be built. Thanks to executing lein deps with the RUN-command in the Dockerfile, all dependencies of your project are downloaded only once and stored inside the container.

Finally you have to start your container

$ docker run -it --rm -p 3000:3000 myleincontainer

Now your new clojure-luminus-project is started inside the container and listening on the default port 3000. Because of the parameter -p 3000:3000 the port is also accessible on the host-machine and you should be able to display the welcome-page with opening the following URL in your preferred browser:

Open the welcome page on a Mac

If you are on a Mac and not on Linux, probably your docker container is not running on the host system directly but inside docker-machine. So you have to display the IP of the VM, which runs docker with:

$ docker-machine ip <machine-name>

And then in the next step you just open this IP on port 3000 in your preferred browser:


Have fun!

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