lab playground

Docker Playground

Up to 4h
Free playExplore without specific objectives or guided instruction.
Real-world experiencePractice in a live, pre-configured sandbox environment.


Docker is the container platform of choice for many organizations. Docker containers revolutionized the way applications are deployed in the DevOps era. Cloud Academy provides a wide variety of training content to help you boost your skills with Docker. This Docker playground supplements that content by providing you with a ready-to-use Docker installation. The playground provides full access to an instance with docker, docker-compose, and relevant command-line completions already installed and running. You have full access to the underlying host as well so you are not restricted compared to an environment that runs Docker in Docker (dind).

The playground is a safe and secure sandbox environment for you to explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answer your own questions all without the need to install any software on your local machine. The extended duration of this playground provides you with ample time to play to your heart's content. Have fun in the playground!

Intended Audience

This lab playground is intended for:

  • Anyone working with Docker containers and/or Docker Compose or interested in getting started
  • Site Reliability Engineers (SREs)
  • DevOps Engineers
  • Operations Engineers
  • Full Stack Developers


There are no prerequisites for this lab playground but some familiarity with docker is recommended.

To gain familiarity with docker, you can use the following course:


About the author

Logan Rakai, opens in a new tab
Lead Content Developer - Labs
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Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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Lab steps

Connecting to the Playground's Docker Host