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Pound load balancer Docker image

Docker image for Pound.

This image is generic, thus you can obviously re-use it within
your non-related EEA projects.

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

  • :latest (default)
  • :2.7

Base docker image

Source code


  1. Install Docker Please note: version must not be 1.8.x due to docker issue #16619
  2. Install Docker Compose.


Run with Docker Compose

Using Docker-Compose is the quickest way to start a container and connect the
available webapps through the 'links' parameter.
Here is a basic example of a docker-compose.yml file using the eeacms/pound
docker image:

  image: eeacms/pound
  - "80:80"
  - pound.env
  - webapp

  image: razvan3895/nodeserver

The application can be scaled to use more server instances, with docker-compose scale:

$ docker-compose scale webapp=4 pound=1

Run with backends specified as environment variable

$ docker run --env BACKENDS="" eeacms/pound:latest

The servers are written as server_ip:server_listening_port, separated by spaces
(and enclosed in quotes, to avoid issues). The contents of the variable are
evaluated in a bash script that writes the Pound configuration file automatically.

Use a custom configuration file mounted as a volume

It is mandatory that the configuration file is mounted at /etc/pound/config.cfg

$ docker run -v conf.d/pound.cfg:/etc/pound/config.cfg eeacms/pound:latest

This is the preferred way to start a container because the configuration file
can be modified locally at any time. In order for the modifications to be applied,
the configuration has to be reloaded, which can be done by running:

$ docker exec <name-of-your-container> reload

Supported environment variables


As Pound has close to no purpose by itself, this image should be used in
combination with others (for example with Docker Compose)
Pound can be configured by modifying the following env variables,
either when running the container or in a docker-compose.yml file, preferably
by supplying an .env file in the appropriate tag.

  • ALIVE Specify how often Pound will check for resurected back-end hosts - default 30 seconds
  • CLIENT Specify for how long Pound will wait for a client request - default 10 seconds
  • TIMEOUT How long should Pound wait for a response from the back-end - default 15 seconds
  • BACKENDS The servers are written as server_ip:server_listening_port, separated by spaces (and enclosed in quotes, to avoid issues)

Copyright and license

The Initial Owner of the Original Code is European Environment Agency (EEA).
All Rights Reserved.

The Original Code is free software;
you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU
General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation;
either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later


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