Yes, it is now this easy to Dockerize a Play! Framework Application

Posted by Brian Porter on October 10, 2014

Play Framework DockerizeDo you want to build a dockerized Play! Framework application to deploy on a Docker server?

Nepomuk Seiler actually tweeted about this awhile back, but I didn’t realize until today how easy it was to do.

First off make sure you already have docker  running. I am using OSX, so I used boot2docker and followed these instructions. If you don’t always read all the instructions I like do, then check out these two tips for running boot2docker on OSX:

  • make sure you set the environment variable set like: export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://
  • make sure that once the application is running you access it with the docker IP, and not localhost

Then follow the instructions here:

  1. Add the dependencies to your build.sbt <pre class="brush: plain; title: ; notranslate" title="">import NativePackagerKeys._


// setting a maintainer which is used for all packaging types</pre> maintainer:= “Your Name”

// exposing the play ports dockerExposedPorts in Docker := Seq(9000, 9443)

// run this with: docker run -p 9000:9000 <name>:<version> </pre>

  1. Then build it: <pre class="brush: plain; title: ; notranslate" title="">sbt docker:publishLocal</pre>

Then run it! (replace the &#8220;play-2-3&#8221; with your name from the build.sbt, and the &#8220;1.0-SNAPSHOT&#8221; with your version)

<pre class="brush: plain; title: ; notranslate" title="">docker run -p 9000:9000 play-2-3:1.0-SNAPSHOT</pre>

Once it is running, use the DOCKER_HOST IP to access it like:

I have yet to try it, but I image you can just copy the target/docker to you docker server and run it as well.

I also need to figure out how to run the the Play!Framework with different configuration files.