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Docker Pets

Docker Pets is a simple application that's useful for testing out features of Docker Datacenter.

If you are interested in a guide on how to demo Docker Pets on the Universal Control Plane then check out this tutorial.

If you are interested in contributing to Docker pets please check out the Release Notes & Roadmap..


  • 1.0 is the primary version that should be used for demos.
  • 2.0 is a version with minor visual changes. Use this to demonstrate rolling updates from 1.0 to 2.0
  • broken is a version that reports a failed healthcheck. Use this version to demonstrate an unsucessful rolling update.

Application Architecture

docker-pets can be run as a stateless single-container application or as a multi-container stateful application. The following are the two images used to deploy docker-pets:

  • chrch/docker-pets is a front-end Python Flask container that serves up random images of housepets, depending on the given configuration
  • consul is a back-end KV store that stores the number of visits that the web services recieve. It's configured to bootstrap itself with 3 replicas so that we have fault tolerant persistence.

Building Pets from Scratch

Pets is hosted on the Docker Hub at chrch/docker-pets:latest but you can also build it locally with the following steps

$ git clone
$ cd docker-pets/web
$ docker build -t docker-pets .

Running Pets as a Single Container, Stateless App

$ docker run -it -p 5000:5000 docker-pets

Running Pets on Docker for Mac/Windows in Development

Docker Swarm can easily be set up to run applications on a single developer laptop. The full app can be brought up to run in the same way it would run in production. We use a compose v3 file to deploy a fully fault tolerant frontend and backend, along with the configurations, secrets, and networks required for the application to run.
This is the full architecture that is deployed when using pets-dev-compose.yml.

$ git clone

~/docker-pets$ docker -v
Docker version 1.13.1-rc1, build 2527cfc

~/docker-pets$ docker node ls
fd3ovikiq7tzmdr70zukbsgbs *  moby      Ready   Active        Leader

~/docker-pets$ docker stack deploy -c pets-dev-compose.yml pets

Pets configuration parameters

The web container has several configuration parameters as environment variables:

  • DB: Tells web where to find db. Service name or <ip>:<port>.
  • DEBUG: Puts web containers in to debug mode. When mounting a volume for code, they will restart automatically when they detect a change in the code. Defaults to off, set to True to turn on.
  • ADMIN_PASSWORD_FILE: Turns secrets on. If set, will password protect the Admin Console of web. Set to the full location of the Swarm secret (/run/secrets/< X >)

Exposed Services

  • Client Web Access - (dev port 5000, prod URL
    • / shows the selected Pet
    • /vote displays the vote selection
    • /health displays the application health of the given container
    • /kill toggles the health off for one of the web servers
  • Admin Console - (dev port 7000, prod URL
    • / displays voting results, redirects to /login if secrets are configured
    • /login requests login password
  • Consul Backend - (dev port 8500, prod ephemeral port)
    • /ui displays Consul server UI

Voting Option Configuration

  • OPTION_A: Defaults to 'Cats'. Pictures located in /docker-petspets/web/static/option_a
  • OPTION_B: Defaults to 'Dogs'. Pictures located in /docker-pets/web/static/option_b
  • OPTION_C: Defaults to 'Whales'. Pictures located in /docker-pets/web/static/option_c

Running Ppetsets on Docker UCP in Production

This full length tutorial will show you how to deploy and demo DDC with the pets app.

Production apps have entirely different requirements when it comes to security, deployment, and also security. Fortunately, deployment on Swarm & UCP is very much the same from development to production. Some minor additions to our compose file add in capabilities for secrets and also for L7 load balancing.

This is the full architecture that is deployed when using pets-prod-compose.yml.

$ echo "mysecret" | docker secret create admin_password_v1 -
$ docker stack deploy -c pets-prod-compose.yml pets

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