Development Environment Installation with Docker

This document describes the development environment installation for frontend and backend developers

  1. Install Docker. Docker Compose

  2. Install Git and configure SSH Key for Github

  3. Clone a Springboard and run it

Code Editor software is up to developer’s choice

Basic Installation

1. Install Docker and Docker Compose

  1. Install Docker by following the reference documentation :

  2. Grant non-root user to run Docker :

  3. Install Docker Compose by following the reference documentation :

Step 2 is mandatory
Installation’s documentation for others OS is available here :

2. Install Git and configure SSH Key for Github

Install Git:

$ sudo apt install git

To set SSH key for Github, please follow the reference documentations below:

Clone a Springboard and run it

Get the Springboard’s boilerplate repository:

    $ git clone
    $ cd springboard

Run it

    ./ clean init generateConf run

Available commands for script are:

                clean : clean springboard and docker's containers
                 init : fetch files and artefacts useful for springboard's execution
         generateConf : generate an vertx configuration file (ent-core.json) from
                  run : run databases and vertx in distinct containers
                 stop : stop containers
      integrationTest : run integration tests
           buildFront : fetch widgets and themes using Bower and run Gulp build. (/!\ first run can be long because of node-sass's rebuild).
              archive : make an archive with folder /mods /assets /static
              publish : upload the archive on nexus

For Backend Development

Install JDK 8


$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Check installation:

$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_152"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_152-b16)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.152-b16, mixed mode)

Install Gradle 4.5


$ cd ~/apps
$ wget
$ unzip
$ ln -s gradle-4.5 gradle
$ rm

Add binary to Path:

$ echo PATH=\"\$HOME/apps/gradle/bin:\$PATH\" >> ~/.profile
$ . ~/.profile

Check version:

$ gradle -v

Install your favorite Java IDE

Monitor the containers

Docker Compose names container with COMPOSE_PROJECT_NAME convention. In our context container’s name are prepended with Springboard’s directory name (${SPRINGBOARD_DIR}).

You can run the below command to monitor your container’s activity

  • List running’s containers : docker ps`

  • List all containers : docker ps -a

  • Open Neo4j’s shell : docker exec -it ${SPRINGBOARD_DIR}_neo4j_1 bin/neo4j-shell

  • Open PostgrSQL’s shell : docker exec -it ${SPRINGBOARD_DIR}_postgres_1 psql -U web-education ong

  • Open MongoDB’s shell : docker exec -it ${SPRINGBOARD_DIR}_mongo_1 mongo one_gridfs

  • Open a Bash’s shell on vertx’s container : docker exec -it ${SPRINGBOARD_DIR}_vertx_1 bash

  • Display Vertx’s logs : docker logs -f ${SPRINGBOARD_DIR}_vertx_1

  • Display all containers logs : docker-compose logs -f

Change Vertx log level

Map local directories to container’s volume

use your maven local


#    - ~/.m2:/home/vertx/.m2

Use your local data

Use Neo4j console

Add the next port’s mapping in neo4j container’s description

        - "7474:7474"
        - "7687:7687"

Enable Bolt Protocol in neo4j-conf/neo4j.conf


Neo4j’s Console is accessible via http://localhost:7474/browser

Enable Remote Debugging

As vertx services are running inside a docker container, it is not possible to enable local debugging. So we will use remote debugging to bypass this issue.

First, make sure you have exposed the remote agent port from the vertx docker container.

To do so, open your springboard directory and edit the file "docker-compose.yml". It should contains the following port configuration:

  image: opendigitaleducation/vertx-service-launcher:1.0.0
  user: "1000:1000"
    - "8090:8090"
    - "5000:5000"

Then, restart your docker container using:

./ stop init

Behind the scene, remote debugging is enabled in vertx-service-launcher using this JVM property:


This JVM option start an agent listening on port 5000 and letting your IDE debugging the application.

Your vertx container is now ready. Let’s configure your IDE.

To configure your IDE, create a new debug configuration and set followings properties:

  • Host = localhost (or any IP address allowing to reach the vertx container)

  • Port = 5000

  • Connection Type = Socket Attach


If you are using Eclipse you must select all source folders you would like to debug

You can now use your configuration to start a remote debug session.

For Frontend Development

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