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Create a WordPress Environment within Docker

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Create a WordPress Environment within Docker

Creating a WordPress Container with MYSQL and PhpMyAdmin installed.

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Carl Hayes
·Jul 11, 2022·

4 min read

If you’ve ever launched a WordPress site, or know someone that has, there is a level of difficulty associated with getting it up and running. However, if you’re like me– you search for easier ways to do the same tedious tasks.

Instead of traditional ways (launching a server, installing WordPress, etc.), I am going to show you how to create a local WordPress environment with MYSQL and PhpMyAdmin with docker, more specifically a docker compose file.

What is Docker?

Docker is a container-based platform, for highly portable workloads. It’s lightweight, fast and provides cost-effective alternatives to traditional virtual machines(VM). The difference is traditional VMs have host OS and guest OS inside, whereas docker containers host on a single physical server with a host OS, which shares amongst them. The benefit is with sharing the host OS between other containers, allows them to maintain a lightweight state and increases boot time.

Prior to getting started, I want you to be familiar with Docker lingo that’s going to be mentioned casually.


docker run

creates a writable container layer over whatever image that’s specified.

docker pull

pulls an image or a repository from a registry

docker images

shows all top level images, their repository, tag and size.

docker ps

by default, this command only runs containers, if you want a modified version, use a subcommand.

docker network

this command manages networks.


by itself, it’s useless– but, when you leverage subcommands, you can build and manage multiple services in docker containers.

If you’re interested in conducting a deep dive on docker CLI lingo, visit

Steps Before getting into the nitty-gritty, we need to visit docker hub and grab the image information for WordPress, MySQL, and PhpMyAdmin.

Visit and search for WordPress, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin (follow screenshots below)

WordPress Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 8.39.52 PM.png

MySQL Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 8.39.27 PM.png

PhpMyAdmin Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 8.38.20 PM.png

Although I prefer macOS, I am extremely fond of visual studio code as my code editor, so you will see screenshots from the code editor and their terminal feature.

First, we need to make a directory to host our docker file. Let’s call our directory “wordpress-docker-site”. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 11.58.52 AM.png

Next, we need to create the docker-compose.yaml file, by using the touch command. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.02.19 PM.png

Here are the contents of our docker-compose.yaml file Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.17.14 PM.png

If you’re running an Apple M1 Chip, you will receive the following error. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.24.56 PM.png

The work around for the time being is to run the following command from the terminal. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.31.01 PM.png

Or add services for the particular Linux edition under DB. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.31.28 PM.png

Run docker-compose up -d which will run the container in detached mode. At this moment, the services are starting to run, networks and volumes are also being created. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.30.37 PM.png

Run docker ps to see if we have two containers running. If you look closely, our WordPress container is mapped to port 8000. So we want to visit localhost:8000 and if we did everything correctly, we should see the WordPress setup page. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.34.15 PM.png

From here, we can proceed with the basic setup of WordPress. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.42.00 PM 1.png

Upon completion, we will receive confirmation that it was successfully done, then we can sign into the admin portal with our credentials and BAM! Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.51.53 PM 1.png

We have successfully launched a WordPress site with a docker image!

From here we need to go back and configure our .yaml file to finish to include phpMyAdmin. The following needs to be added. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 12.58.29 PM.png

Lastly, run another docker-compose up -d , to run the container in detached mode.

Now, let's visit localhost:8080 and now we should be able to visit the phpMyAdmin login. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 1.03.47 PM.png

Enter “root” for the username, and “password” for the password. Then you should have access to the phpMyAdmin console. Screen Shot 2022-07-10 at 1.04.23 PM.png

To tear our lab down, please be sure to use the following command:

docker-compose down --volumes

If you’ve made it to the end of this lab and received the same results, congratulations!

If you experienced difficulties while following along, I encourage you to start the lab from the beginning to ensure you didn’t miss any required steps.

The link to the code used in this lab can be found on my GitHub:

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