Installation via Docker

Docker containers provide an easy-way to set up and distribute applications. They are also a safe and consistent environment which facilitate debugging and reproducibility of models.

The gospl image contains all the dependencies and configuration files required to run models. Users can start running model as soon as they have downloaded the image, independently of the underlying operating system available on on their machine.

It is strongly encouraged to run gospl using the docker image we provide on Docker containers.

Different version of the image can be pulled using a tag:

  1. The latest tag points to the github master branch and uses the latest release.

  2. release tags such as v0.2.0 points to the specified version.

Depending on your operating system, you will be able to configure the docker application to set your resources: CPUs, memory, swap, or Disk image size.

Main command lines

Pulling the image

Once you have installed Docker on your system, you can pull the gospl official image as follow:

docker pull geodels/gospl:v0.2.0

You can list all the images available on your system as follow:

docker images

An image can be deleted as follow:

docker rmi geodels/gospl

Starting the container from a terminal

You can then start a docker container (an instance of an image):

docker run -d \
   --name my_container \
   -p 8888:8888 \
   -v my_vol:/live/share \

You can access the container via your browser at the following address: http://localhost:8888

It is also possible to ssh into the container as follow:

# Bash
docker run -it -v my_vol:/live/share \
   --entrypoint /bin/bash  \

You can list the containers currently existing on your machine by running:

docker ps -a

The -a means “all container”. The docker ps command only list running containers.

Docker containers can be stop (so that they do not use CPU or RAM resource):

docker stop my_container

They can also be deleted:

docker rm my_container


It’s a good idea to keep track of how many containers have been created as they can rapidly take a lot of space on your machine.


Kitematic is a program that provides a graphical user interface to the docker daemon and to Docker Hub.

Downloading a tagged image

The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Be aware that on linux the installation may differ depending on the distribution you are running.

  1. Download and Install Kitematic

  2. Open Kitematic and search for the tag corresponding to a specific the gospl version.

  3. Download the container by clicking on the create button.

Linking a local volume

You should now have a container appearing on the left side of your kitematic window.

The first thing to do now is to create a link between a local directory (A directory on your physical hard drive) and a volume directory inside the docker container. A volume is a special directory that can be accessed from outside the container. It is the location you will use to save your own results.