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Docker provides a simple way to configure any docker image and create your own custom image with the help of the dockerfile.

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to pull an official image from the Docker repository and customize it according to your own requirements. And then you can run and verify the custom docker image.

Creating custom docker image

So, in this example, you’ll be using an Alpine Linux image that does not include the Vim editor by default. You’ll modify this Docker image to create a new docker image of Alpine Linux that includes Vim editor by default. It cannot get any simpler than this. can it?


If you have not already, please install Docker on Ubuntu or whichever Linux distribution you are using. Make sure to add yourself to the docker group so that you can run docker without sudo.
You’ll need active internet connection for downloading the base docker image.

Step 1: Get docker image [optional]

I chose Alpine Linux in this example because it is really small. The Alpine docker image is hardly 5 MB in size, can you believe it? It’s the perfect Linux distribution for containerization.

This step is optional. I included it show that you can compare it with the customized docker image.

Pull the latest docker image of Alpine Linux using docker pull command:

Step 2: Create Dockerfile with the needed customization

Now let’s create a new empty file named Dockerfile using touch command.

Now you need to edit this file and these three lines to it and save it. You can use an edition like Vim or Nano or use cat command to add these lines to the Dockerfile.

What you are doing here is to create a new docker image by downloading the latest Alpine docker image from the Docker Hub.

Like apt, Alpine uses apk package manager. So the next two commands are basically telling Alpine linux to update the available package cache (apk update) and then install Vim (apk add vim).

As you can see, with RUN in Dockerfile, you can customize your base docker image by running specific commands.

Step 3: Create the custom docker image with Dockerfile

The command to build the custom image from the Dockerfile looks like this:

With the -t tag, you specify the name of your custom docker image.

Considering that your Dockerfile is in your current directory, you can create the new docker image of Alpine Linux with Vim installed like this:

Get Docker Images

Let’s see the available Docker images on the system now:

You can see that the base docker image which was hardly 5 MB in size is now 33 MB with Vim installed on it (and the package cache updated).

Now, let’s verify that your modified docker images has vim installed by running a container from it:


Once you are inside the container, you can verify that Vim is installed by checking its version:

Exit the container by typing exit in the terminal. Stop the container, remove the container and remove the docker images (if you want to) to free up disk space.

Congrats! You just learned how to create your very own customized docker image.

I know it’s not a very extensive tutorial and you may have complex need. But this tutorial works as the first step towards understanding docker image customization.

I highly recommend reading more on Dockerfile to know what other options you have available for customizing docker images.

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Manage images


Extended description

Manage images.

Parent command

dockerThe base command for the Docker CLI.

Get Docker Image Tag

Child commands

Docker Hub

docker image buildBuild an image from a Dockerfile
docker image historyShow the history of an image
docker image importImport the contents from a tarball to create a filesystem image
docker image inspectDisplay detailed information on one or more images
docker image loadLoad an image from a tar archive or STDIN
docker image lsList images
docker image pruneRemove unused images
docker image pullPull an image or a repository from a registry
docker image pushPush an image or a repository to a registry
docker image rmRemove one or more images
docker image saveSave one or more images to a tar archive (streamed to STDOUT by default)
docker image tagCreate a tag TARGET_IMAGE that refers to SOURCE_IMAGE