Last December we posted a blog entry about Docker Docker and LFE. Since that time there have been several version changes in Erlang, LFE, and the LFE libraries used. In addition, the process to get the demo Dockerized YAWS web app running has been streamlined. This post covers those changes.


If you are running on Mac OS X, you'll need to install and start boot2docker. If you're running on Linux, you'll need to start the docker services (for instance, on Ubuntu, sudo /etc/init.d/docker start)


Docker on Linux handles port-redirects between the host and guest just fine; for Docker on Mac OS X, you'll need to setup port-forwarding via SSH:

$ boot2docker ssh -L <HOSTMACHINE>:5099:

Then just leave that terminal window open and continue with the rest of this post in another terminal.

LFE Exchange Docker Images

There are several LFE Docker images to choose from, all available via the LFEX Docker Hub org: *

They are of two different types: * One image generated from the Dockerfile maintained in the official LFE repository using the develop branch * All the others which are maintained in the lfex dockerfiles repository are kept in sync with the official develop branch but also offer the added feature of a color logo banner when you start up the LFE REPL.

YAWS LFE Docker Image

As part of the update of the old post, I've created a Docker with YAWS and the demo web app pre-installed and ready to go. It's available here: * *

For the last blog post we used the OpenSUSE image, but for this one we've based off of the Debian image, since it's the smallest one.

If you'd rather build the YAWS LFE sample app Docker image yourself than download it from Docker Hub, simply run make docker-build from the cloned source directory for the docker-lfe-yaws-sample-app project.

Running the Container

Whether you build the image yourself or chose to let docker download it for you from Docker Hub, either way the same command is used to run the container:

$ docker run -p 5099:5099 -t oubiwann/lfe-yaws-sample-app:latest

Almost immediately the YAWS app will be up and running. Visiting http://<HOSTMACHINE>:5099 in a web browser will show the running YAWS LFE web app:


If, instead of running the app server, you'd like to use the LFE REPL on this image with all of the dependent libraries, you can run this command instead:

$ docker run -i -t oubiwann/lfe-yaws-sample-app:latest lfe

Why the Update?

Due to the question of a curious community member, I'm now preparing a blog post on using YAWS websockets support with an LFE app. I wanted to use the sample app featured in the original LFE Docker blog post (linked at the beginning of this post), but it needed some updates and further finessing … upon the completion of which, it warranted a new post describing how to use it now.

Keep your eyes peeled for the websockets post …

An LFE Web App Aside

If you'd like to look at the source code for this sample app, it has been made available here:

It takes advantage of two interesting LFE libraries:

  • lfest - a Clojure/Compojure-like macro for defining app routes
  • exemplar - an LFE library for HTML as LFE-native s-expressions



28 November 2015