Docker bind mounts

In part 5, you used a volume mount to persist the data in your database. A volume mount is a great choice when you need somewhere persistent to store your application data.

A bind mount is another type of mount, which lets you share a directory from the host’s filesystem into the container. When working on an application, you can use a bind mount to mount source code into the container. The container sees the changes you make to the code immediately, as soon as you save a file. This means that you can run processes in the container that watch for filesystem changes and respond to them.

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This is the directory that you mounted when starting the container. Listing the contents of this directory displays the same files as in the getting-started-app directory on your host machine.

cd src

Create a new file named myfile.txt.

Open the getting-started-app directory on the host and observe that the myfile.txt file is in the directory.

Now delete the file from host

That’s all for a brief introduction to bind mounts. This procedure demonstrated how files are shared between the host and the container, and how changes are immediately reflected on both sides. Now you can use bind mounts to develop software.