Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Time: 10 minutes

Dockerfile: VOLUME

This will show you how VOLUME command within Dockerfile will work.

Dockerfile: VOLUME

Dockerfile: VOLUME

Build image

We have setup a Dockerfile:

FROM alpine
RUN mkdir /config && touch /config/foo.yml
VOLUME /config
RUN touch /config/bar.yml

docker build -t myimage .

Create a volume

This volume will hold our application config.

docker volume create my-app-config

List files in container

We instance a new container, mount the volume to and and have a look what is inside /config-directory:

docker run -it --rm -v my-app-config:/config myimage sh -c "ls /config"


  • Volume is already populated with content!
  • Volume does not have bar.yml included!

NOTE: Everything after the first usage of VOLUME will be stripped from the image.