Creating a Botpress Docker Image
Step 1: Create a docker account at https://www.docker.com
Step 2: Install Docker Desktop App for the version of OS you are using
Step 3: Sign in to your docker desktop app and ensure it is running on your pc
Step 4: Create a new folder in the Documents and name it “Dockerfile”
Step 5: Add the ‘data folder’ of your existing chat bots to the “Dockerfile” folder
Step 6: Add ‘bp.exe’ file of your existing chat bots to the “Dockerfile” folder
Step 7: Create a new docker file using visual studio code and name it ‘dockerfile’ inside the “Dockerfile” folder. Please note the case sensitivity.
Step 8: Add the following snippet to the file and save it.
ADD . /botpress
ADD . /data
*FROM botpress/server: (the version of the botpress you used in building your existing chatbot)
**WORKDIR – This is directory of your botpress application that runs on your local machine.
***ADD – This specify files/folders you want to add to your package.
****CMD – This specifies what the command to run when the image is called.
Here is the structure of the folder:
Step 9: Open the command prompt and let’s build the image
Step 10: Navigate to the ‘Dockerfile’ folder you created in Step 4.
Step 11: Run the docker build command as shown below:
docker build -t opon-demo:latest .
Step 12: Once your image is successfully built, it will show in your docker desktop application immediately.
Congratulations you have successfully built a docker image of your botpress chatbot
Pushing Docker Image to Docker Hub Repository
Docker hub is an online repository for docker images. Docker images can be pushed to the docker as well as other repositories such as Heroku. First create a repository under your account in dockerhub and then push images to it by running this command below in command prompt
docker push <username>/<repo>:<tag>
docker push oodewena/opon-demo:latest
Pushing Docker Image to Heroku
Heroku is a platform as a service based on a managed container system, with integrated data services and a powerful ecosystem, for deploying and running modern apps. Docker image can be deployed and run on Heroku as well. Below is the process of pushing docker image to Heroku
Step 1: Go to www.heroku.com and create an account
Step 2: Select ‘New’ on your home page and select ‘Create New App’
Step 3: Given the ‘name of the app’ and select the region
Step 4: Go to https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-cli to download and install Heroku CLI for the version of OS you are using
Step 5: Open the command prompt and enter “heroku login” and wait for the prompt to press any key to open the browser
Step 6: Enter your log in credential and return to the command prompt. You should now be logged in as ….(username)
Step 7: Enter “heroku container:login” to login to Heroku container. You should see “login succeeded”
Step 8: Enter “docker tag opon-demo registry.heroku.com/opon-demo/web” to tag your docker image to your heroku application name. Note your docker image name and the Heroku application name should be the same (case sensitive)
Step 9: Enter “docker push registry.heroku.com/opon-demo/web” to push the docker image to the Heroku registry.
Step 10: Enter “heroku container:release web --app opon-demo” to release your application in Heroku for web access.
Your application should now be accessible on https://opon-demo.herokuapp.com