All About Launching mysql(or Similar Image) on docker

All About Launching mysql(or Similar Image) on docker

One of the basic requirement to start project these days is to spool a docker and start working especially for databases.The is point to point guide on how to do the same.

  1. Pre-Requisites
    1. Pull the Image from Docker Hub
  2. Deploy the Image
  3. Connect to MySql
  4. Storage
  5. Operation on Docker
  6. Conclusion
    1. References

If you want one line code go here


  • Basic understanding on docker especially about Images and Containers
  • sql CRUD commands
  • docker installed on your system

NOTE : in case you want to jump straight to the code here

Pull the Image from Docker Hub

First get the Image from docker hub

docker pull mysql/mysql-server:latest

Now Check whether the Image is available , and the response would be similar to one given below

docker images


Deploy the Image

Run the following command , here

  • -d : means to run image as service
  • ‘latest’ tag can be replaced with the custom as well (in case you want to install some other version)
  • [container_name] : this is custom name that you want to provide
docker run --name=[container_name] -d mysql/mysql-server:latest

Check the status of docker image whether its running with following command

docker ps


Connect to MySql

Make sure the mysql client is present (for linux)

apt-get install mysql-client

to start mysql client inside container use following command

docker exec -it [container_name] mysql -uroot -p

this will prompt password


To get the password , as we have not manually provided , we need to refer to the mysql logs , hence type following command and it will show GENERATED ROOT PASSWORD as shown below

docker logs [container_name]


this will open sql window , now we should not want to use Auto Generated mysql and trigger our own password

mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '[newpassword]';


By default docker would be storing all Information inside the docker container

To make it available in host system

docker run --name <Custom_container_name> -v <host_directory_address>:<docker_directory_to_host> -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=<custom_Password> -d mysql:latest

hence one example would be (assuming D:\mySqlData folder is present)

docker run --name mysql-v3 -v D:\mySqlData:/var/lib/mysql -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=mypass -d mysql:latest

Operation on Docker

basic operation are to start, stop and restart container

docker start [container_name]
docker stop [container_name]
docker restart [container_name]


Now for mostly your local development one can directly connect to this docker.

After following all above steps you should have been able to successfully connect and deploy a Mysql container

Do Reach out in comment section in case you are facing some issue in any of the steps