dockerw – A simple Docker command wrapper for the rest of us

dockerw – A simple Docker command wrapper for the rest of us


I am regularly working on Docker images and have to play with different settings. Thus I periodically find myself in the “build, run, clean-up, change something, re-build, run, …” rat race.

dockerw is a little tool for working with Docker images and containers. And it aims to help you (and me ;-)) to build and (locally) run Docker images while it hides all the command line pain.

Note: dockerw targets only ‘latest’ tagged images (does not impact /touch implicit tagged images)!


./dockerw [ build | run | stop | clean | status | env | help ]


Command Description
build builds the Docker image
run runs a Docker container in foreground based on the image
stop stops all running container based on the image and removes them
clean stop and then removes ALL (latest) images/artifacts<
status shows the status if the Docker image
env list current environment variables
help display help





  1. Clone dockerw from GitHub.
  2. Create a dockerw directory ahead your Docker working dir and copy the script to that location.
  3. Copy/create a script named “dockerw"located into the working directory of a your Docker image.

If you are using default values only: the dockerw script just calls the

# call, passing arguments and using env variables
. ../dockerw/

You can overule the default environment like this:

# env
DOCKER_RUN_ARGS="-ti -p 1883:1883 -p 8883:8883"

# call, passing arguments and using env variables
. ../dockerw/



The CONTAINER_NAME is the parent working directory base name.
The default base name (BASE_NAME_DEFAULT) and default docker run arguments (DOCKER_RUN_ARGS_DEFAULT) can be changed in dockerw/
The image name (IMAGE_NAME) is build like this: BASE_NAME_DEFAULT/CONTAINER_NAME (e.g. jerady/ubuntu).

Environment Variables

the name of the docker image”${`BASE_NAME`}/${`CONTAINER_NAME`}”jerady/mosquitto

Name Description Default Example
BASE_NAME the base name of the Docker container jerady jerady
CONTAINER_NAME the name of the Docker container $(`basename 'pwd'`) mosquitto
IMAGE_NAME the name of the Docker image ${BASE_NAME}/${CONTAINER_NAME} jerady/mosquitto
DOCKER_RUN_ARGS the arguments to run the container -ti -ti
DOCKER_RUN the docker run command to be called by ./dockerw run docker run ${DOCKER_RUN_ARGS} --name ${CONTAINER_NAME} ${IMAGE_NAME} docker run -ti --name mosquitto jerady/mosquitto

I added two example Docker images/projects to show how the custom dockerw script can be implemented, e.g. this simple script for mosquitto:


# env variables
DOCKER_RUN_ARGS="-ti -p 1883:1883 -p 8883:8883"

. ../dockerw/

leads to these implicit values:


dockerw project on GitHub


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3 thoughts on “dockerw – A simple Docker command wrapper for the rest of us”

    1. Hm, I wonder which issues you have here. Once your shell knows the environment (eval $(docker-machine env default) ‘dockerw’ should work with docker-machine.

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