Docker container architecture

The magento/magento-cloud-docker repository contains build information to create a Docker environment with the required specifications for Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure. The build configuration creates a Docker instance with CLI and service containers required to run Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure in a local Docker environment. You can customize the Docker containers available in the repository and add more as needed.

Cloud Docker for Commerce generates the docker-compose.yml file to the required specifications. Then, you use docker-compose to create the container instances and to build and deploy the Adobe Commerce site.

CLI Containers

The following CLI containers, most of which are based on a PHP-CLI version 7 Docker image, provide magento-cloud and ece-tools commands to perform file system operations and interact with the application:

Name Service Key & options Available Versions Notes
node Node --node 6, 8, 10, 11 Optional Node container used for gulp or other NPM-based commands
cron Cron Jobs --with-cron none Optional PHP Container runs cron tasks
build Build Container none none PHP Container, runs build process
deploy Deploy Container none none PHP Container, runs the deploy process

See Docker CLI containers for details.

Service containers

Cloud Docker for Commerce references the and .magento/services.yaml configuration files to determine the services you need. When you start the Docker configuration generator using the ece-docker build:compose command, use the optional build parameters to override a default service version or specify custom configuration.

For example, the following command starts the Docker configuration generator in developer mode and specifies PHP version 7.2:

./vendor/bin/ece-docker build:compose --mode="developer" --php 7.2

Service configuration options

The following table shows the options to customize service container configuration when you generate the Docker Compose configuration file.

Name Service Key & options Available Versions Notes
db MariaDB or MySQL
--db, --db-image (MySQL)
10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4
5.6, 5.7, 8.0
Use the increment and offset options to customize the auto-increment settings for replication.

Use the --with-entrypoint and --with-mariadb-config options to automatically configure database directories in the Docker environment

Example build commands:
ece-docker build:compose --db <mariadb-version>
ece-docker build:compose --db <mysql-version> --db-image
elasticsearch Elasticsearch --es
5.2, 6.5, 6.8, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.9, 7.10, 7.11 Use the options to specify the Elasticsearch version, customize Elasticsearch configuration options, or to build a Docker environment without Elasticsearch.
opensearch OpenSearch --os
1.1, 1.2 Use the options to specify the Openseach version, customize OpenSearch configuration options, or to build a Docker environment without OpenSearch.
fpm PHP FPM --php
7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.0 Used for all incoming requests. Optionally, install a specific php version or add Xdebug to debug PHP code in the Docker environment.
mailhog MailHog --no-mailhog
latest Email service to replace Sendmail service, which can cause issues in Docker environment
node Node --node 6, 8, 10, 11 Node container to run gulp or other NPM based commands in the Docker environment. Use the --node option to install a specific node version.
rabbitmq RabbitMQ --rmq 3.5, 3.7, 3.8 Use the --rmq option to install a specific RabbitMQ version.
redis Redis --redis 3.2, 5.0, 6.0 Standard redis container
selenium Selenium --with-selenium
Any Enables application testing using the Magento Functional Testing Framework (MFTF)
test PHP CLI --with-test Any Optional container with a writable file system for running tests
tls SSL Endpoint --tls-port
nginx 1.19 Terminates SSL, can be configured to pass to varnish or nginx. Use the --tls-port option to change the default port (443).
Use the --no-tls option to disable tls.
varnish Varnish --no-varnish 4, 6.2, 6.6 Varnish is provisioned by default. Use the --no-varnish option to skip Varnish service installation.
zookeeper Zookeeper --with-zookeeper
latest (default)
User-specified version
Optional container for Zookeeper lock provider for projects not hosted on Adobe Commerce on Cloud infrastructure.
Use the --zookeeper-version option to install a specified version of Zookeeper from the Docker Hub or install a specified image by name with the --zookeeper-image option.

Use the following command to view all available options for the ece-docker build:compose command:

./vendor/bin/ece-docker build:compose --help

Request Flow

Web requests to https://magento2.docker/ are handled by the Docker containers using the following request flow:

  1. TLS
  2. Varnish
  3. Web (nginx)
  4. FPM

You can remove Varnish from the configuration, in which case the traffic passes directly from the TLS container to the Web container.

Sharing data between host machine and container

You can share files easily between your machine and a Docker container by placing the files in the .docker/mnt directory. You can find the files in the /mnt directory the next time you build and start the Docker environment using the docker-compose up command.

Sharing project data

When you launch the Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure project in a local Docker environment, the default project configuration creates the following volumes:


You can use these volumes to interact with the shared writeable mount directories for your Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure project, which are configured by default in the file.

 # The mounts that will be performed when the package is deployed.
    "var": "shared:files/var"
    "app/etc": "shared:files/etc"
    "pub/media": "shared:files/media"
    "pub/static": "shared:files/static"

You can customize this configuration by updating the mounts section in the file.

File synchronization

Additionally, you can share data into the containers using file synchronization. See the File synchronization and Developer mode documentation.

Container Volumes

Cloud Docker for Commerce uses Docker volumes to maintain data throughout the lifecycle of the Docker containers. These volumes can be defined in several ways:

You do not interact with most of these volumes, which are used by the Docker containers and follow the docker-compose lifecycle. The only exception to this is the magento-sync directory that is an external volume used by the Mutagen application to transport data into the containers from the host operating system.

Rebuild a clean environment

The docker-compose down command removes all components of your local Docker instance, including containers, networks, volumes, and images. However, this command does not affect the persistent database volume or the magento-sync volume used for file synchronization.

To remove all data and rebuild a clean environment:

 bin/magento-docker down -v

The magento-sync volume is an external volume that you must create or delete manually. If the magento-sync volume does not exist, the following error message displays:

ERROR: Volume magento-sync declared as external, but could not be found. Please create the volume manually using `docker volume create --name=magento-sync` and try again.

Container Logs

All containers use the Docker logging method. You can view the logs using the docker-compose command. The following example uses the -f option to follow the log output of the TLS container:

docker-compose logs -f tls

Now you can see all requests that are passing through the TLS container and check for errors.