Oracle Weblogic and Oracle Database Application on Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0

Article ID: KB000815


This application guide illustrates how Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is used to deploy Oracle Weblogic Server running the MedRec sample application with the Oracle Database.

Oracle Weblogic Overview

Oracle Weblogic (Oracle WLS) is a scalable, enterprise-ready J2EE-based application server for developing and deploying multi-tier distributed enterprise applications. Weblogic server provides enterprise-level security and administration tools for ease of managing the applications.

Oracle Database is a database management system widely used in enterprises for running OLTP, DW, and mixed database workloads. It’s a relational database management system that provides an open, comprehensive, and integrated approach to information management.

Tighter integrations between Weblogic and Oracle database provides a strong infrastructure to develop and test applications with improved availability, better resource sharing, ease of configuration, and automated management facilities. As Weblogic and Oracle database are now running in containers, developers and enterprises can take advantage of Docker’s benefits of container isolation, portability, ability to automate development, and testing of these applications.

MedRec (Avitek Medical Records Application) is an end-to-end sample Java EE application shipped with WebLogic Server; it simulates an independent, centralized medical record management system. The MedRec application provides a framework for patients, doctors, and administrators to manage patient data using a variety of different clients. MedRec demonstrates WebLogic Server and Java EE features, and it highlights Oracle-recommended best practices. MedRec is installed in the WebLogic Server distribution. It has been used as a reliable and realistic application performance benchmark for over 10 years.

Oracle WLS and Oracle Database are certified to run on Docker containers, and images are available in the Docker Store.


The following diagram represents the Oracle Weblogic, Oracle Database, and MedRec application architecture on Docker Enterprise Edition:

Oracle Architecture

Test Environment and Components

You need the following components to follow the architecture described in this guide:

Installation and Configuration

  1. Install the Git utility if not already installed. In a terminal window, navigate to the folder you would like to place the repository (or create a new one), then run the command:

    $ git clone
  2. Download the Oracle WebLogic Server Supplemental Quick Installer (, and place the zip file (without extracting it) into current folder.

  3. Download the Oracle SQL Developer command-line (SQLcl) tool (, and place the zip file (without extracting it!) into current folder.

  4. The Dockerfile uses the Weblogic and Database images from Docker Store. No modifications are necessary.

  5. (Optional) If there are changes to the DB username/password, edit the docker-for-oracle-weblogic/container-scripts/ file, and set the Oracle Thin XA driver, the Database URL, username, password, and DB container name to connect to the Oracle Database container.

    dsusername=sys as sysdba
    dstestquery=SELECT * FROM DUAL

Create the MedRec Docker Image

  1. Open a browser, and log into the Docker Store.

  2. Subscribe to both Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition by clicking on Proceed to Checkout. These images are free for developers.

  3. Back at the command line, make sure you have logged into the Docker Store/Hub:

    $ docker login
  4. Build the MedRec image (extending Weblogic Image):

    $ ./
  5. Re-tag the image to version

    $ docker tag 1221-oradb-medrec:latest 1221-oradb-medrec:1.0

Verifying the Deployment for Swarm

If using Kubernetes, proceed to the Verifying the Deployment for Kubernetes section.

To deploy using Swarm orchestrator, execute:

$ docker compose up -d
  Creating docker-for-oracle-weblogic_orcldb_1 ... done
  Creating docker-for-oracle-weblogic_wls_1    ... done

Startup progress can be monitored by viewing the logs. It may take 5 or 6 minutes (depending on CPU/memory config) for the application to be ready to test.

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                                       COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS
1b934b0f140c   1221-oradb-medrec:1.0                       ""         2 minutes ago       Up 2 minutes
dc9a4f123bcf   store/oracle/database-enterprise:   "/bin/sh -c '/bin/ba…"   2 minutes ago       Up 2 minutes (healthy)

Verifying the Deployment for Kubernetes

If Kubernetes is not already enabled, enable it.

For example, in Docker for Mac, access the top menu bar for Docker for Mac, and click on Preferences. Click on Kubernetes, and make sure the Enable Kubernetes checkbox is selected. Click on Apply. Docker for Mac will then restart with Kubernetes enabled.

To deploy with the Kubernetes orchestrator, execute:

kubectl create -f wls-oracle.yaml
service "wls" created
deployment "wls" created
service "orcldb" created
deployment "orcldb" created

This starts two services and two deployments named medrec and orcldb. Verify the Kubernetes deployment using the kubectl get command. The output is similar to this:

kubectl get pods
NAME                      READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
orcldb-575b6d95d9-n5f4r   1/1       Running   0          42s
wls-fdddbfcb8-997fg       1/1       Running   0          42s
kubectl get deployments
orcldb    1         1         1            1           11m
wls       1         1         1            1           11m
kubectl get services
NAME         TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)             AGE
kubernetes   ClusterIP        <none>        443/TCP             7d
orcldb       ClusterIP    <none>        1521/TCP,5500/TCP   10m
wls          LoadBalancer   localhost     7011:30035/TCP      10m

Verifying the Application

Verify access to the WebLogic Console:


Oracle WebLogic Console Login

Login with the credentials weblogic/welcome1:

Oracle WebLogic Console

Test the MedRec Application

Access the MedRec application at:


MedRec Font Page

Stopping the Application using Swarm

To stop the application containers, execute:

$ docker-compose down
Stopping wls-medrec ... done
Stopping orcldb     ... done
Removing wls-medrec ... done
Removing orcldb     ... odone

Proceed to the Configuration and Deployment on Docker Enterprise Edition section.

Stopping the Application using Kubernetes

To stop the application, execute:

kubectl delete svc orcldb wls
service "orcldb" deleted
service "wls" deleted
kubectl delete deployments
deployment "orcldb" deleted
deployment "wls" deleted

Configuration and Deployment on Docker Enterprise Edition

To deploy the Oracle Weblogic and Oracle Database solution in this application guide on Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0, begin with the provisioning of an appropriate number of nodes for site-specific performance and high availability. In this example, a four-instance deployment was provisioned consisting of one instance for UCP Management and three worker containers. UCP manages both Kubernetes and Swarm orchestration.

Docker Trusted Registry (DTR) is also installed on the instance with one of the worker containers. This guide assumes that UCP and DTR have been installed and configured and that access to the "admin" account and password has been provided.

Docker EE Swarm Configuration

This section shows how to deploy a 4-node (non-HA) Oracle WebLogic stack using Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker swarm) on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Instructions for AWS are also included.

Note: A High Availability configuration should be used in a production environment.

Docker EE Swarm Configuration

Note: A label has been added to the node in this digram to identify the Oracle Database node. Proper functioning of the database requires 2-4 CPUs, 8-16GB memory, and 12-16GB local storage.

An example docker-compose-EE.yml is provided below which brings up the WebLogic console and launch the MedRec application. Details can be found at MedRec applications on Weblogic with Oracle Database.

Before proceeding with thedocker-composedeployment, move the1221-oradb-medrecimage to an internally accessible Docker Trusted Registry usingdocker taganddocker pushcommands. The address of the registry will be entered into thedocker-compose-EE.ymlat{dtr-registry-address}`.

Copy the docker-compose-EE.yml below into a text or code editor.

version: '3.2'

    image: <dtr-registry-address>/1221-oradb-medrec:1.0
      - 7011:7011
       - orcldb

    image: {dtr-registry-address}/database-enterprise:
      - 1521:1521
      - 5500:5500
         - node.labels.db == oracle

Define the Persistent Volumes

To deploy Weblogic and Oracle database on local volumes, proceed to Verifying the Install. The local volumes will not persist if the service is removed or fails.

To setup persistent volumes, subscribe to an appropriate volume plugin from the Docker Certified Plugin list at This example uses EMC’s Rex-Ray for AWS EBS.

To use AWS EBS, obtain an access id and secret key from AWS IAM service by following the directions on

Install the plugin with the following commands using the EBS_ACCESSKEY obtained in the previous step:

docker plugin install rexray/ebs EBS_ACCESSKEY=<mykey> EBS_SECRETKEY=<mysecretkey>

This table shows the services needed to define the persistent volume:

Volume Name Service Container Mount point
db-oracle orcldb /ORCL

Within UCP, click on the Volumes selection that appears in the left-hand side bar. Click on Create Volumes, and enter the information in the previous table:

Name: db-oracle
Driver: rexray/ebs

In the text or code editor, add the following lines to the docker-compose-EE.yml:

      - db-oracle:/ORCL

    driver: rexray/ebs

Change the {dtr-registry-address} fields for the installation of DTR or Docker Hub.

Copy the entire contents into the clipboard. Be sure to preserve indentation layout.

Verifying the Deployment (Docker EE) via UCP UI Swarm

  1. Access the URL for the UCP management node and login as admin.

  2. Within UCP, click on the Stacks selection that appears in the left hand side bar.

  3. Click on Create Stack. Provide a name for the Stack (Ex. demo) and Mode (Choose Swarm Services).

  4. Paste in the edited docker-compose-EE.yml commands from the clipboard.

  5. Finally, click on the Create button to deploy the stack. UCP Deploy

  6. To verify that the containers launched successfully, click on Services in the left side bar on the UCP home screen. The 2 services demo_wls, demo_orcldb should show with green status and no errors. UCP-Swarm-Services

  7. To bring up the application, click on Services in the Swarm section on the left hand bar. Choose demo-wls in the list of load balancers. Choose the address Published Endpoints to bring up the Oracle Weblogic and Medrec screen. Add "/console/" to the URL in the browser to bring up WebLogic screen, and add "/medrec/" to the URL in the browser to bring up Medrec application. UCP-SwarmVerify

Verifying the Deployment (Docker EE) via Client Bundle

To launch and verify the installation, download a client bundle from the UCP UI (admin -> My Profile -> New Client Bundle), navigate to the directory and unzip Copy docker-compose-EE.yml to this directory, and execute the following commands:

Note: If pulling image from Docker Store, add the --with-registry-auth option to docker stack deploy.

eval $(<"")
docker stack deploy -c docker-compose-EE.yml <stack name>

Example Output:

$ eval $(<"")
$ docker stack deploy --compose-file docker-compose-EE.yml demo
Creating network demo_default
Creating service demo_orcldb
Creating service demo_wls

Verifying the Deployment (Docker EE) via UCP UI Kubernetes

  1. In a browser, log into the UCP management node.

  2. Click on Kubernetes in the left-hand sidebar, and then click +Create.

  3. On the Create Kubernetes Object screen, choose default in the Namespace dropdown menu.

  4. From the sample directory, upload the fileweblogic-oracledb-Kubernetes-EE.yaml. Change {dtr-registry-address} to the actual address name of the Docker Trusted Registry.

  5. Click Create to launch the deployment.


  6. To verify that the containers launched successfully, click on Pods in the left sidebar on the UCP home screen. The wls and orcldb should show with green status and no errors.


  7. To bring up the application, click on Load Balancers in the Kubernetes section in the left sidebar. Choose wls in the list of load balancers. A configuration bar appears on the right. Choose the address with port 33581 to bring up the Oracle Weblogic and Medrec screen. Add /console/ to the URL in the browser to bring up the WebLogic screen, and add /medrec/ to the URL in the browser to bring up the Medrec application.


Stopping the Application on Docker EE using Swarm

To stop the solution using UI, click on Stacks in the left sidebar, and then click on the Name of the stack. A menu bar appears on the right.

Click on Remove to stop and remove the containers.

To stop the solution and remove the stack using Client Bundle:

$ docker stack rm demo

Stopping the Application on Docker EE using Kubernetes

To stop the solution, click on Kubernetes, then Controller, and delete entries for wls and orcldb. Also remove Load Balancer entries for the same.


Depending on your deployment circumstances, it may be necessary to list the {dtr-registry-address} in the Docker "insecure registries" table found under Preferences -> Daemon in the menu of the Docker toolbar icon. If you receive certificate errors, this is a likely cause.

Make sure that the Nodes listed in the Shared Resources tab have the correct mix of Kubernetes, Swarm, or Mixed resources available.

DTR certificates: In the case of a new EE installation, the docker push does not work, by default, with registry endpoint that has a self-signed TLS certificate.

Configure nodes according to []( ) to deploy services to Docker UCP from images stored in DTR.

Most Docker-related monitoring and troubleshooting can be accomplished by viewing the logs for service or by going to the specific node and searching for the container ID:

For a service, first, find the service ID:

docker service ls

Then, view the logs for that service ID:

docker service logs <service ID>

For a container, find the container ID:

docker ps

Then view the logs for that container:

docker logs <container ID>

Further Reading

Use the following links to learn more about Oracle Weblogic and other Oracle images for Docker:

Additional Application Guides and Solution Briefs

Docker provides additional application guides on as well as Solution Briefs about related information.