Play with Docker: Docker containers in your browser

Ever read a blog post or story on a Docker project, and wanted to try it immediately without setting up a Docker environment?  Does spinning up a VM and installing Docker take too much time to just play around?  Maybe your Mac or Windows laptop is running low on resource and you don’t want to close what your working on to start the Docker runtime.  Whatever the reason – Time, Resources, Motivation – I’m going to introduce you to my new favorite Docker tool that will eliminate your impediments to learning or experimenting with Docker.

Say Hello to Play-With-Docker

Play with Docker is a website that allows you up to 5 Docker instances for 4 hours.  It’s fully loaded with the current Docker Engine Community Edition, Docker Swarm, and Docker-Compose.  Tools like git & pip have been installed as well, allowing users to pull in code from the Internet to experiment with.

Important:  Remember this is a playground for Docker. It is not encrypted thus production code and passwords should NOT be used on this site.

Getting Started

Now let’s get started. Navigate to with your favorite browser.  I’ve tested Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari.  Everything seems to work!
You’ll need to click the reCAPTCHA to get started.


Your now greeted with a countdown clock.  Again this is a playground to let you test Docker and related projects with no setup.  At current you’re given 4 hours to work.

Click “+ Add New Instance” to start your first instance.  Up to 5 can be created for working with Docker Swarms.  Each Instance can use up to 4GB of Memory and 10GB of Storage.  Thus far the CPU  and Internet access speeds have been outstanding in my experiments.


Let’s start simple with the classic “Hello World” application.  Run the following command at the prompt.

docker run hello-world

Now this is a simple example.  As a fully functional Docker environment, feel free to create a Swarm, Service or Compose whatever you like.

But, how about one more example.

Since Storage Made Easy is all about Object Storage, let’s deploy an Nginx server to host a Swift Durability Calculator.

Swift Durability Calculator

Create a new instance on Play with Docker.  Now paste the following 2 commands.

git clone
docker run --name docker-nginx -p 80:80 -d -v /root/swift-durability-calculator/:/usr/share/nginx/html nginx

What did these 2 commands do?

  • The first command downloaded the code for the website from the Git repository
  • The second command pulled the Docker image of Nginx and ran it with options:
    • -p 80:80 -> Map the containers port 80 to the hosts port 80
    • -v /root/swift-durability-calculator/:/usr/share ->Map the code pulled from Git to the /usr/share directory in our container

Now let’s take a look at our work.  Click the new button in the top of your session marked 80.
What happened?  
A new tab should have launched with the Swift Object Durability Calculator website.

Feel free to play with this calculator.  It can compute the resiliency of On-premises Object Storage platforms, such as Swift and Ceph, to data loss depending on the replica count or the erasure coding scheme.

Tip of the Iceberg

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what can be done with Docker.  Storage Made Easy has a number of articles on deploying Object Storage with Docker containers.  Now you can skip straight to the Docker part and skip the VM, Vagrant, or other setup pieces.

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Douglas Soltesz

Director Product Solutions at Storage Made Easy
Doug's focus is in Object and Cloud Storage APIs, Data Governance, Virtualization, and Containerization.