NOTE:  This step-by-step requires that you've configured the Openstack Command Line Interface (CLI) on your system first.  Instructions for this can be found here

First create the volume you want to have Docker on (in this example it's called testing_volume)

openstack volume create --image centos7-ccr-20181127-1 --size 20 --description "test volume" testing_volume

Spin up an instance that uses the volume

openstack server create --flavor c8.m16 --volume testing_volume --network lakeeffect-199.109.195 --security-group default --security-group SSH --key-name openstack-testing temp_docker_test

Then log into the instance

ssh -i openstack-testing.key centos@199.109.192.X

Once you're in the instance, you can install docker
Following the instructions here:

(Note: this is for installing docker on centos; things may be slightly different if you use other operating systems)

sudo yum install -y yum-utils \  device-mapper-persistent-data \  lvm2
sudo yum-config-manager \ --add-repo \
sudo yum install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

# say yes to installing everything

# testing to see if it starts up properly

sudo systemctl start docker
# no errors is good

Make it so anyone can use docker (specifically the centos user)
# stop docker daemon
sudo systemctl stop docker
sudo groupadd docker
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

# so the centos user should be fine now to use docker normally
# you do need to log out and log back in for the change to take effect

So now that that is set up, stop and delete the instance (either web interface or server delete command).

Then start one up again and run docker commands:

openstack server create --flavor c8.m16 --volume testing_volume --network lakeeffect-199.109.195 --security-group default --security-group SSH --key-name openstack-testing test_docker 
# ssh into the server
ssh -i openstack-testing.key centos@ 

# Note: IP address will be different

# then we just start the daemon and run the docker test image

sudo systemctl start docker
docker run hello-world

Sample output:

[centos@test-docker ~]$ docker run hello-world
Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/hello-world
1b930d010525: Pull complete Digest: sha256:6540fc08ee6e6b7b63468dc3317e3303aae178cb8a45ed3123180328bcc1d20f
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest
Hello from Docker!

This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly. 

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps: 

1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon. 

2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub. (amd64) 

3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the executable that produces the output you are currently reading. 

4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it to your terminal.

To try something more ambitious, you can run an Ubuntu container with:

$ docker run -it ubuntu bash 

Share images, automate workflows, and more with a free Docker ID: 

For more examples and ideas, visit:

If this completes without error, you should be fine using docker normally with that volume on OpenStack! You can do all the regular docker pull, docker push, etc commands. Just remember every time you start up the instance you have to start the docker daemon to use docker commands.

If you want to pull from private docker repositories, you also need to set up a login/user to use every time you pull. On the instance with the volume you can do:

docker login

Then follow the prompts. After you do that the volume will be set up with that user so you can pull from any private repositories that the user has access to without needing to worry about interactively putting in username and password.