DC/OS Series [Part 4] - Deploy Simple Application with Backend & Database

Data Center Operating System series: Guide to deploy a simple application with Golang & database on DC/OS.

Create an Application with Golang

First of all, we will go with Golang because Go is easy to implement backend server and deploy in 1 min. So we will have a few code to initialize todolist application that provide GET tasks.

func main() {
    // connect DB
    db, err := gorm.Open("postgres",
        fmt.Sprintf("user=%v password=%v host=%v dbname=%v sslmode=disable",
            os.Getenv("DB_USER"), os.Getenv("DB_PASSWORD"), os.Getenv("DB_HOST"), os.Getenv("DB_NAME")))
    if err != nil {
        panic(fmt.Sprintf("Failed to open sql connection: %v", err.Error()))

    // we will seed some data
    tasks := []string{"get a coffee cup", "write blog"}
    for _, v := range tasks {
        db.Create(&models.Task{Name: v})

    // init API server
    r := gin.Default()
    r.GET("/tasks", func(c *gin.Context) {
        var data []models.Task
        err := db.Offset(0).Limit(10).Find(&data).Error
        if err != nil {
            c.JSON(http.StatusInternalServerError, err.Error())
        c.JSON(200, gin.H{
            "data": data,

Above code allow us easy to customize configuration of database connection. When we deploy application, we just need to change these settings below which are environment variables:


After that, We need to do some stuffs to dockerize application and push it to docker hub or private docker registry. To do that, let’s create a Dockerfile first:

FROM alpine:3.4

RUN apk add --no-cache ca-certificates

ENV DB_USER=postgres
ENV DB_HOST=localhost
ENV DB_NAME=todolist

WORKDIR /go/src/todolist/backend
ADD main /go/src/todolist/backend

CMD ["/go/src/todolist/backend/main"]

Following to these steps, you will be able to build and push your image to docker hub:

// this will help us to run app in image alpine
$ CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux go build -a -installsuffix cgo -o main .

// build image and push it to docker hub
$ docker build -t <namespace>/todolist .
$ docker push <namespace>/todolist

Setting up database on DC/OS

Let’s go to our DC/OS and create a postgres service

Go to DC/OS and choose package tab, then find postgres:

Customize your configuration after click Advance setting from pop-up page:

Finally, you need to wait a few minutes and get the result like this:

You also need to config more a little bit to be able to backup data:

A very important thing is sharing volumes. You will need to set a specific node with public IP to make sure if service restart, it will only be deployed to a node that you have specified before. There are 2 things need to be config:

  1. Set a specific node in Service tab:

  1. Share volumes:

For me, I usually share volumes inside container to /srv in node: /srv/todolist/postgresql:/var/lib/postgresql/data

Then, you also need to enable LOAD BALANCED SERVICE ADDRESS, it will allow your application connect to postgres

After all, click REVIEW & RUN to change setting

Deploy application

As usual, we will need file marathon.json to define app and deploy:

You also need to replace your configuration DB_HOST, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD, DB_NAME

  "id": "/todolist/backend",
  "cpus": 0.5,
  "mem": 512,
  "instances": 1,
  "container": {
    "type": "DOCKER",
    "docker": {
      "image": "<namespace>/todolist",
      "network": "BRIDGE",
      "portMappings": [
          "containerPort": 8080
      "forcePullImage": true
  "env": {
    "PORT": "8080",
    "DB_HOST": "todolistpostgresql.marathon.l4lb.thisdcos.directory",
    "DB_USER": "postgres",
    "DB_PASSWORD": "password!",
    "DB_NAME": "todolist",
    "BUILD_ID": "123"
  "healthChecks": [
      "portIndex": 0,
      "protocol": "TCP",
      "gracePeriodSeconds": 300,
      "intervalSeconds": 60,
      "timeoutSeconds": 20,
      "maxConsecutiveFailures": 0
  "labels": {
    "HAPROXY_GROUP": "external",
    "HAPROXY_0_VHOST": "todolist.yourdomain.com"

OK, we can deploy now !

$ dcos marathon app add marathon.json

As my expectation, it will be like this:

Everything is available now. Let’s check it:

That’s all. Thanks for reading.

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