Environment setup is a very common question when you’re trying to start learning Machine Learning (ML). In this article I’ll show you how to create your own Docker container including the following frameworks for comfortable start:
That are TOP 10 widely used Python frameworks for Data Science and you’ll find most of them in any HOWTO article on the Internet.
All you need to have is Docker and text editor installed on your system.
All you need to do, is to create a project folder and file named
$ mkdir python_data_science_container $ cd python_data_science_container $ vim Dockerfile
After that put the following content to the
FROM ubuntu:16.04 MAINTAINER "Andrei Maksimov" RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y wget ca-certificates \ git curl vim python3-dev python3-pip \ libfreetype6-dev libpng12-dev libhdf5-dev RUN pip3 install --upgrade pip RUN pip3 install tensorflow RUN pip3 install numpy pandas sklearn matplotlib seaborn jupyter pyyaml h5py RUN pip3 install keras --no-deps RUN ["mkdir", "notebooks"] COPY jupyter_notebook_config.py /root/.jupyter/ COPY run_jupyter.sh / # Jupyter and Tensorboard ports EXPOSE 8888 6006 # Store notebooks in this mounted directory VOLUME /notebooks CMD ["/run_jupyter.sh"]
As soon as we declared our container and it’s components, it’s time to prepare a configuration for Jupyter. Create a file jupyter_notebook_config.py with the following content:
c = get_config() # get the config object c.IPKernelApp.pylab = 'inline' # in-line figure when using Matplotlib c.NotebookApp.ip = '*' c.NotebookApp.open_browser = False # do not open a browser window by default when using notebooks c.NotebookApp.token = '' # No token. Always use jupyter over ssh tunnel c.NotebookApp.notebook_dir = '/notebooks' c.NotebookApp.allow_root = True # Allow to run Jupyter from root user inside Docker container
As you can guess from
Dockerfile, we’ll put it to
/root/.jupyter/ folder during container build process.
Creating startup script
#!/usr/bin/env bash jupyter notebook "$@"
And make this file executable:
$ chmod +x run_jupyter.sh
This file will be launched inside your container by default each time you’ll start the new one.
Creating container image
The last stage – container creation. Just run the following command to build your Docker container from the project directory:
$ docker build -f Dockerfile -t python_data_science_container
During build process Docker will install all necessary libraries and frameworks inside your container image and make it available for use.
Running the container
Now you have a working container and it’s time to start it. Create a folder inside your project’s folder where we’ll store all our Jupyter Noteboos with source code of our projects:
$ mkdir notebooks
And start the container with the following command:
$ docker run -it -p 8888:8888 -p 6006:6006 -d -v $(pwd)/notebooks:/notebooks python_data_science_container
It will start the container and expose Jupyter on port
8888 and Tensorflow Dashboard on port
6006 on your local computer or your server depending on where you’re executed this command.
Please be aware that this container was created only for local development purpose and I removed authentication on Jupyter in this container, so everybody can connect to port 8888 or 6006 and execute Python code of cause.
If you’re just looking for a working solution
If you don’t want to create and maintain your own container and aforesaid components will be sufficient for you, please feel free to use my personal container, that I usually update:
$ docker run -it -p 8888:8888 -p 6006:6006 -d -v $(pwd)/notebooks:/notebooks amaksimov/python_data_science
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