Docker on Azure - SSH connection

Local hosting

Connecting to Docker Container on local machine is quite straightforward – just run linux-based image and use Docker Desktop embedded terminal.

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Azure hosting

Running SSH connection on Azure App Service is a little bit more complicated.

There are required basically 3 steps:


  1. SSH server installation
  2. SSH server configuration
  3. Assure that SSH server is up and running


1. Package installation

Add install package SSH and Supervisor command in Dockerfile

RUN apt-get update \
    && apt-get install -y supervisor \
    && apt-get install -y openssh-server && echo "root:Docker!" | chpasswd

Provided username and password root:Docker! are the default credentials for Azure App Service Web SSH console

2. SSH server and Supervisor configuration

Prepare SSH configuration in file named sshd_config

Port 			        2222
LoginGraceTime 		    180
X11Forwarding 		    yes
Ciphers                 aes128-cbc,3des-cbc,aes256-cbc,aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr
MACs                    hmac-sha1,hmac-sha1-96
StrictModes 	       	yes
SyslogFacility 	        DAEMON
PasswordAuthentication 	yes
PermitEmptyPasswords 	no
PermitRootLogin 	    yes
Subsystem sftp internal-sftp

Prepare Supervisor configuration in file named supervisord.conf


command=service ssh start

command=/usr/bin/dotnet /app/MyApp.dll --urls "http://*:80"]

Keep in mind that section [program:api] is entrypoint for contenerized .NET application.

3. Wrapping things up

Prepare startup script named


echo "Starting supervisor process"

Copy local config files in Dockerfile

RUN mkdir -p /var/log/supervisor 
COPY MyApp/Docker/supervisord.conf /etc/supervisor/conf.d/supervisord.conf
COPY MyApp/Docker/sshd_config /etc/ssh/
COPY MyApp/Docker/ /app/

Expose port 2222 for SSH connection


Add Entrypoint in Dockerfile

CMD ["sh", "/app/"]

Now when you will navigate to SSH section in Azure App Service you can launch Web SSH client and connect to the container

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