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Run Azul Zulu in a Docker Container

This section shows how to run Azul Zulu inside a Docker container.


Install Docker by following the Docker documentation.

Azul Docker images

Azul provides Docker images with Azul Zulu builds of OpenJDK pre-installed on one of the following operating systems:

OS Image Name





Alpine Linux




To pull a specific image, use the corresponding image name in the docker pull command. For example, to pull the Alpine Linux image with Azul Zulu JDK 15, run:

 docker pull azul/zulu-openjdk-alpine:15 

Run Java apps

You can test the Docker image by running the following command in a terminal:

 docker run -it --rm azul/zulu-openjdk:15 java -version 

The command allocates a terminal and runs java. It prints a message similar to this:

 openjdk version "15.0.2" 2021-01-19
OpenJDK Runtime Environment Zulu15.29+15-CA (build 15.0.2+7)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM Zulu15.29+15-CA (build 15.0.2+7, mixed mode, sharing) 

If you see this message in your terminal, you’ve successfully executed java inside a container.

The command above simply executes java. To run a Java application, you must provide your application classes and resources to the java command. You do this by mounting a local directory from the container.

As an example, let’s assume that your application files are located in a single directory. You would normally run the app by executing java MyApp in that directory. Use the -v option of docker run to make the directory available inside the container. The command might look like this:

 docker run -it --rm \
    -v ${PWD}:/usr/src/project  \
    -e CLASSPATH=/usr/src/project \
    azul/zulu-openjdk:11 java MyApp