What is docker? -- IBM definition

Docker is an open source containerization platform. It enables developers to package applications into containers—standardized executable components combining application source code with the operating system (OS) libraries and dependencies required to run that code in any environment

Containerization -- IBM definition

Containerization is the packaging of software code with just the operating system (OS) libraries and dependencies required to run the code to create a single lightweight executable—called a container—that runs consistently on any infrastructure

Why should we care about docker?

  • Reproducibility
  • Local experiments
  • Integration tests (CI/CD) - General software engineering best practices
  • Running pipelines on the cloud using this docker image of the data pipeline
  • Serverless (AWS Lambda, Google Functions)
  • Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Apache Airflow

Running PostgreSQL in docker

The following command is used to run PostgreSQL with docker:

docker run -it \   
 -e POSTGRES_USER="root"   \
 -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD="root"   \
 -e POSTGRES_DB="ny_taxi"   \
 -v a:/"Data Engineering"/data-engineering-zoomcamp/week_1_-_basics_and_setup/docker_sql/ny_taxi_postgres_data:/var/lib/postgresql/data   \
-p 5432:5432   \

Also, using pgcli to connect to postgres:

pgcli -h localhost -p 5432 -u root -d ny_taxi
We can use pgAdmin or pgcli to interact with our postgres database.
Since we are using Docker, we don't have to install pgAdmin in our host system, and we can simply use Docker to pull an image of pgAdmin.

To run pgAdmin in Docker we can run the following command:
docker run -it \
  -e PGADMIN_DEFAULT_EMAIL="admin@admin.com" \
  -p 8080:80 \

Linking Two Different Containers

Now, since postgres and pgAdmin are running in different containers we need to be able to link them together

We can do this by putting the two docker containers under one network using the following command:

docker network create pg-network

Now using the following arguments when using docker run -it command:

--network=pg-network \
--name pg-database or pgadmin

Docker Compose

A way to put together multiple services in one config file
Instead of running multiple docker commands with docker configurations in them. We can create one yml file with the config information. For this we will use docker compose.

This is how a docker-compose file would look like in our case:
    image: postgres:13
      - POSTGRES_USER=root
      - POSTGRES_DB=ny_taxi
      - "./ny_taxi_postgres_data:/var/lib/postgresql/data:rw"
      - "5432:5432"
    image: dpage/pgadmin4
      - PGADMIN_DEFAULT_EMAIL=admin@admin.com
      - "8080:80"

We don't need to define a network for this as the images here automatically become part of the same network


docker-compose up

Run in detached mode:

docker-compose up -d

Shutting it down:

docker-compose down