Running GUI apps from Fedora Docker containers

After reading Jessie Frazelle’s Docker Containers on the Desktop post I was quite interested in making some Fedora image based docker containers for some apps I want to use.

Ones, I wouldn’t normally install on my main machines, like Google Chrome with the Google Talk plugins and flash. So, I did make one with chrome and the talk plugin and followed the guide on Jessie’s blog to run the GUI app, it worked, but there was no sound.

But of course, I forgot Fedora use PulseAudio, so I looked for a solution on the internet as usual and stumbled upon a stackoverflow question: qt - run apps using audio in a docker container and now has a working Fedora docker container which runs Google Chrome with the Google Talk plugin.


FROM fedora:latest
MAINTAINER "Ye Myat Kaung (Maverick)" <>

RUN yum install -y && \
yum install -y

ENTRYPOINT [ "/usr/bin/google-chrome" ]
CMD [ "--user-data-dir=/data"] 

Docker command to run container:

sudo docker run -it --rm\
    --net host \
    --cpuset 0 \
    --memory 512mb \
    -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix \
    -e DISPLAY=unix$DISPLAY \
    -v /dev/snd:/dev/snd --privileged \
    -v /dev/shm:/dev/shm \
    -v /etc/machine-id:/etc/machine-id \
    -v /var/lib/dbus:/var/lib/dbus \
    -v /run/user/`id -u`/pulse/native:/run/user/`id -u`/pulse/native \
    -v ~/.pulse:/home/$dockerUsername/.pulse \
    --name chrome \

My Fedora Dockerfiles can be found on my github & docker images on docker registery: fedora-dockerfiles & docker hub.

Maverick Kaung
Maverick Kaung
IT Security Enthusiast

Ye Myat “Maverick” Kaung is a highly motivated individual with a passion for security and open source software. Also an aspiring hacker and software engineer.