Guide: Deploying Container on AWS Elastic BeanStalk

I would say that successfully deploying a Docker container into Elastic Beanstalk is the first step to an amazing future with Amazon Web Services. Elastic Beanstalk abstracts the details of scaling, load balancing, and capacity provisioning away from the developer so that we can focus on writing clean code. The code base for this article will be the same code base for the article series Guid to Deploying K8S on AWS. Instead of deploying multiple containers, the client image will only be deployed.

For this tutorial to run smoothly, these prerequisites are needed.

We will work inside the /bc_api/client/ directory. In general, all eb commands should be in directory that is home to the Dockerfile. Inside that directory, run the command

eb init -p docker — region <region> <app_name>

so that an Elastic Beanstalk instance is created with the platform being docker. This creates the ./elasticbeanstalk folder that configures our instance. To switch platforms, run the command

eb platform select

this will be needed if an invalid platform error occurs. This has a higher percentage of happening if the command

eb init

is ran instead and set to default values. To test this locally, run the command

eb local run — port <client_port>

to build and immediately start the UI on client_port. It is way faster to see if the container runs locally before waiting a long time deploying our container. If the eblocal instance starts, we can begin to deploy it on Elastic Beanstalk. The command

eb create <env_name>

to name our new environment (like branch) or run

eb create

to go through the init questions. This create command will spawn a variety of services needed to support our application.

eb create

This output shows us that our Elastic Beanstalk has created a security group, load balancer, and an auto scaling launch config services, and there will be more services made.

After the setup is complete, the command

eb open

will open our default browser to our custom AWS endpoint to display the application.

Successful Deploy

As we can see — Success!!

Key Commands

eb list

will show all our environment names, similar to git branch -a.

eb use <env_name>

will switch between environments, similar to git checkout <branch>.

eb status

will tell us the health and details of the Elastic Beanstalk instance.


For eb to run smoothly our directory must have at least a Dockerfile or in the root. This does not include dockerfile. Although these two filenames vary by a capital D, our deployment will fail.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk does not support multi-stage Docker image builds. So dockerfiles like the one below will fail.

client dockerfile

This is because eb will try to pull the image as and builder, which are not images. Thus, eb will run into cannot find image errors. To fix this sad issue, we simply have to change our dockerfile to the one below.

In this new dockerfile, stage one is referenced simply by its index, 0. Stage one no longer has an alias and we use the command COPY --from=0.

It is nice to see that AWS does not make deploying single containers difficult; instead, it is a fun process.

Software Dev

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store