Migrating Existing Containers

Titan provides lots of freedom for how you might populate data into a new repository. You might run some scripts to generate data, load data from a database dump, or replicate data into the container. Titan does not try to encode these database-specific mechanisms into the tool, but does provide some platform-agnostic capabilities for loading data. In this section, we show how you can migrate data from a container you already have running on your laptop.

Source Container

The source container must be from an image available in a docker registry, and the data corresponding to volume directives (see the Copying Existing Data section) must be mounted from your host system. For example, you must have run:

docker run -d -v /home/henrietta/postgres/data:/var/lib/postgresql/data postgres:11

If you didn’t specify a -v value, or used a volume not mounted from the host system, thn migrate won’t work.

The container must also be stopped. This is both to ensure that the underlying data is not changing, and because the new repository will use the same configuration, potentially creating conflicts with ports and other global resources.

Migrating a Container

Assuming the container meets the above criteria, you can create a repository from it by running:

titan mgirate -s somecontainer myrepo

This will get the configuration of the container and use it verbatim for the new repository. It will determine where each volume resides on the host system, and use the equivalent of titan cp to copy the volumes over one by one.


There is no way to alter the configuration of the container at the time it is migrated, you must use the identical configuration as the source container.