Python app does not print anything when running detached in docker


I have a Python (2.7) app which is started in my dockerfile:

CMD ["python";""] prints some strings when it is started and goes into a loop afterwards:

print "App started"
while True:

As long as I start the container with the -it flag, everything works as expected:

$ docker run --name=myapp -it myappimage
> App started

And I can see the same output via logs later:

$ docker logs myapp
> App started

If I try to run the same container with the -d flag, the container seems to start normally, but I can"t see any output:

$ docker run --name=myapp -d myappimage
> b82db1120fee5f92c80000f30f6bdc84e068bafa32738ab7adb47e641b19b4d1
$ docker logs myapp
$ (empty)

But the container still seems to run;

$ docker ps
Container Status ...
myapp     up 4 minutes ... 

Attach does not display anything either:

$ docker attach --sig-proxy=false myapp
(working, no output)

Any ideas whats going wrong? Does "print" behave differently when ran in background?

Docker version:

Client version: 1.5.0
Client API version: 1.17
Go version (client): go1.4.2
Git commit (client): a8a31ef
OS/Arch (client): linux/arm
Server version: 1.5.0
Server API version: 1.17
Go version (server): go1.4.2
Git commit (server): a8a31ef

Answer rating: 375

Finally I found a solution to see Python output when running daemonized in Docker, thanks to @ahmetalpbalkan over at GitHub. Answering it here myself for further reference :

Using unbuffered output with

CMD ["python";"-u";""]

instead of

CMD ["python";""]

solves the problem; you can see the output (both, stderr and stdout) via

docker logs myapp


Answer rating: 96

In my case, running Python with -u didn"t change anything. What did the trick, however, was to set PYTHONUNBUFFERED=1 as environment variable:

docker run --name=myapp -e PYTHONUNBUFFERED=1 -d myappimage

[Edit]: Updated PYTHONUNBUFFERED=0 to PYTHONUNBUFFERED=1 after Lars"s comment. This doesn"t change the behavior and adds clarity.

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