4 August 2021 By gabriele pelizzari

Modern Applications – Episod 4: Docker Compose – YAML

The topic of this article is understanding how to automatize the delivery of a micro-service.

In the previous one, I showed the flow process of a service. This flow requires typing a lot of commands to launch any single container.

Is there a way to automatize the entire process making it easier?

Yes, Docker-compose is a tool for defining and running an environment multi-container.

Docker-compose works with a describing file that includes all the configurations. The file has the extension YAML (human-readable data-serialization language).

After writing the YAML file (in this example it is named mypersonalfile.yaml), the syntax of the command is:

docker-compose -f mypersonalfile.yaml

Let’s see an easy example using the article I wrote in the last episode as a source.

I had to type all these commands to implement the service:

a. Mongo DB commands

b. Mongo Express commands

In their place,  it’s possible to use the following yaml file.


We will find yaml files again when writing about Kubernetes architecture and its protection.

That’s all for now, take care guys