Quick start with Kontena CLI

The average time for Kontena users to get from zero to hero is just under 20 minutes! Let's assume you have already created some amazing application and packaged is as docker containers, here's what it takes to get from zero to hero with Kontena:

  1. Install Kontena CLI tool.
  2. Create a Kontena Platform.
  3. Install Kontena Nodes.
  4. Deploy first Kontena Stack.

Follow these steps to get started with Kontena on Kontena Cloud quickly. If you'd like to tinker and maintain the Kontena Platform yourself, please follow the slow start guide.

Step 1. Install Kontena CLI (command-line interface)


You can install Kontena CLI using our official installer or Homebrew :

$ brew install kontena

Debian / Ubuntu

You can install Kontena CLI using our official deb package.

Linux / Windows

Prerequisites: You'll need Ruby version 2.1 or later installed on your system. For more details, see the official Ruby installation docs.

You can install the Kontena CLI using the Rubygems package manager (which is included in Ruby).

$ gem install kontena-cli

After the installation is complete, you can test the installation by checking the Kontena CLI version with kontena version.

Step 2. Create a Kontena Platform

The easiest (and preferred) way to provision Kontena Platform is to use the built-in Kontena Cloud Platform provision feature of Kontena CLI.

Before you can create a Kontena Cloud Platform you need to login:

$ kontena cloud login

After the login is completed succesfully you can start Kontena Platform provisioning with following command:

$ kontena cloud platform create quick-start
> This will create managed platform to Kontena Cloud, proceed? Yes
> Choose organization: my-username
> Platform type: mini (non-business critical services)
 [done] Creating platform quick-start
 [done] Waiting for platform quick-start to come online
 [done] Switching to use platform my-username/quick-start

 Platform quick-start needs at least 1 node(s) to be functional.
  You can add nodes from Kontena Cloud ('kontena cloud node create --count 1') or you can bring your own nodes (https://www.kontena.io/docs/using-kontena/install-nodes/).

Step 3. Install Kontena Nodes

You'll need some Kontena Nodes to run your containerized workloads. The easiest way to provision Kontena Nodes is to use the built-in Kontena Cloud Node provision feature of Kontena CLI. In this guide, we will provision Kontena Nodes to Kontena Cloud. If you want to install nodes to some other environment, please see Installing Kontena documentation.

Install a node to the platform you created in the previous chapter:

$ kontena cloud node create
> Choose node type: K4
> How many nodes?:  1
 [done] Provisioning a node damp-forest-2 to platform quick-start, region eu-west-1

You can repeat this step to provision additional Kontena Nodes to your Kontena Platform.

Note! While Kontena will work with just a single Kontena Node, it is recommended to have at least three Kontena Nodes provisioned in a Grid.

If you followed the steps above, you should now have a working Kontena setup installed. Verify the setup using the kontena node list command. It should list all the Kontena Nodes in your Grid.

$ kontena node list
⊛ damp-forest-2   1.4.0     online 11s   1 / 1     region=eu-west-1,az=a,provider=kontena

Step 4. Deploy Your First Application Stack

When the provisioned node is online, you are ready to deploy your first application stack. In this section we will show you how to package a simple WordPress application and deploy it to your Kontena Platform.

First create the kontena.yml file with the following contents:

stack: examples/wordpress
version: 0.3.0
    type: string
      vault: wordpress-mysql-root
      random_string: 32
      vault: wordpress-mysql-root
    type: string
      vault: wordpress-mysql-password
      random_string: 32
      vault: wordpress-mysql-password
    image: wordpress:4.6
    stateful: true
      - 80:80
      WORDPRESS_DB_HOST: mysql
      WORDPRESS_DB_USER: wordpress
      WORDPRESS_DB_NAME: wordpress
      - secret: wordpress-mysql-password
        type: env
    image: mariadb:5.5
    stateful: true
      MYSQL_DATABASE: wordpress
      MYSQL_USER: wordpress
      - secret: wordpress-mysql-root
        type: env
      - secret: wordpress-mysql-password
        name: MYSQL_PASSWORD
        type: env

You can then install and deploy the wordpress stack:

$ kontena stack install kontena.yml
 [done] Creating stack wordpress
 [done] Deploying stack wordpress

The initial stack deployment may take some time while the host nodes pull the referenced Docker images.

After the stack deployment is finished you can verify that the wordpress and mysql services are running:

$ kontena stack ls
NAME                                                         VERSION    SERVICES   STATE      EXPOSED PORTS
⊝ wordpress                                                  0.3.0      2          running    *:80->80/tcp

You can use the kontena service commands to view the resulting configuration of each deployed stack service:

$ kontena service show wordpress/wordpress
  stack: test/wordpress
  status: running
  image: wordpress:4.6
  revision: 2
  stateful: yes
  scaling: 1
  strategy: ha
    min_health: 0.8
  dns: wordpress.wordpress.test.kontena.local
    - secret: wordpress-mysql-password
      type: env
    - WORDPRESS_DB_USER=wordpress
    - WORDPRESS_DB_NAME=wordpress
  net: bridge
    - 80:80/tcp
      rev: 2016-11-28 13:51:02 UTC
      service_rev: 2
      node: hidden-moon-99
      dns: wordpress-1.wordpress.test.kontena.local
      public ip:
      status: running
      exit code: 0

To test the wordpress service, you must connect to the IP address of the host node publishing the wordpress service on TCP port 80. You can use the public IP address of the host node running the service instance displayed as part of the kontena service show wordpress/wordpress output.

Please see the following examples for more advanced stacks:

Congratulations -- Enjoy!

This completes the quick start guide for setting up Kontena. For further learning, you can continue by reading the following:

We hope you will find this documentation helpful! If you have any suggestions on improving our documentation, please open an issue on GitHub.

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