ASP.NET (AlmaLinux 8)

ASP.NET (AlmaLinux 8)

  • OS: almalinux 8


ASP.NET is an open-source web application framework developed by Microsoft. It allows developers to create dynamic websites, web applications, and web services using a variety of programming languages, including C#, Visual Basic, and F#. ASP.NET provides a wide range of tools and features to simplify web development, such as built-in authentication and authorization, caching, and session state management.

Software included

Package Version
ASP.NET Core 7
Docker 3.20.10
Docker compose 2.12.2 1.6.10

Initial start of the service

This application uses Docker to provide faster startup of the underlying software (ASP.NET Core) and direct use. This eliminates the need to familiarize yourself with its specifics in terms of configuration and installation. To start working directly with the application, all you have to do is upload the content that you want to be served by ASP.NET Core to the /opt/aspnet/data/ directory.

Quick settings and frequently asked questions

  • Logging into the cloud service is done using an SSH key or password that you have specified.
  • Docker is installed as recommended by the official docker documentation.
  • The standard docker and docker compose commands are now available in this application.
  • When the virtual machine is first started, it takes a few minutes before a Docker container containing ASP.NET Core is started.
  • The ASP.NET Core directory where you should deploy your application is located at /opt/aspnet/data/.

Additional Docker settings

You can configure extra settings as variables for this docker application from it's configuration file /opt/docker-aspnet/docker-compose.yml.

Note: After changing any of parameters in your configuration file docker-compose.yml you will need to recreate the container. For more information, please see Recreating Docker containers section.

Additional helpful tips

  • If you want to use the .NET CLI, you can do it with the quick command docker exec -ti docker-aspnet-aspnet-1 dotnet <COMMAND>.
  • If you frequently use the .NET Core CLI, you can also make a quick shortcut by adding an alias as follows:
echo "alias dotnet='docker exec -ti docker-aspnet-aspnet-1 dotnet'" >> ~/.bashrc

Working with Docker

The organization of this application is entirely done using Docker. In this way, we can provide you with ready-made applications faster. In addition, their configuration is more flexible and quite controllable. To be able to control this application, however, you need to know some basic Docker functionalities and features.

Restarting all services

Restarting the database and the Docker container that contains ASP.NET Core itself, along with the rest of the software, can be done in two ways:

  1. By restarting the entire virtual machine
  2. Restarting the Docker containers, which is the faster option. To do this, access your machine via SSH, and run the following commands:
sudo su -
cd /opt/docker-aspnet
docker compose restart

Recreating Docker containers

Recreation of a docker container may be necessary if you've changed the configuration inside the docker-compose.yml file. If there are changes, please follow these steps:

cd /opt/docker-aspnet/
docker compose stop
docker compose up -d

Checking the status of the Docker application

To check, you need to run the following commands:

sudo su -
docker ps -a

Please pay attention to the STATUS column. It should show how long the service has been running, for example Up X minutes. If the status is Restarting then you need to check what is wrong with the application. In such a case, you can check by following the application logs as follows:

  1. Get the application name that you can see in the NAMES column from the output of the docker ps -a command. View the logs with the docker logs <NAME> command, where is the name of the container.

Changing settings

The settings in section Additional Docker settings can be set in the docker-compose.yml file. The path to it is described again in this section. To change a setting, open the configuration file and set the variables according to your application requirements. Each configuration option must be described on a new line with a dash in front, as in the following example:


Please note that the correct indentation (number of spaces) must also be observed, as this is important for yaml configuration files.