Glances can be installed through Docker, allowing you to run it without installing all the python dependencies directly on your system. Once you have [docker installed](, you can

Get the Glances container:

docker pull nicolargo/glances

Run the container in console mode:

docker run --rm -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro --pid host --network host -it

Additionally, if you want to use your own glances.conf file, you can create your own Dockerfile:

FROM nicolargo/glances
COPY glances.conf /glances/conf/glances.conf
CMD python -m glances -C /glances/conf/glances.conf $GLANCES_OPT

Alternatively, you can specify something along the same lines with docker run options:

docker run -v `pwd`/glances.conf:/glances/conf/glances.conf -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro --pid host -it

Where `pwd`/glances.conf is a local directory containing your glances.conf file.

Run the container in Web server mode (notice the GLANCES_OPT environment variable setting parameters for the glances startup command):

docker run -d --restart="always" -p 61208-61209:61208-61209 -e GLANCES_OPT="-w" -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro --pid host

Note: if you want to see the network interface stats within the container, add –net=host –privileged

You can also include Glances container in you own docker-compose.yml. Here’s a realistic example including a “traefik” reverse proxy serving an “whoami” app container plus a Glances container, providing a simple and efficient monitoring webui.

version: '3'

    image: traefik:alpine
    command: --api --docker
      - "80:80"
      - "8080:8080"
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock

    image: emilevauge/whoami
      - "traefik.frontend.rule=Host:whoami.docker.localhost"

    image: nicolargo/glances:latest-alpine
    restart: always
    pid: host
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock
      - "GLANCES_OPT=-w"
      - "traefik.port=61208"
      - "traefik.frontend.rule=Host:glances.docker.localhost"

How to protect your Dockerized server (or Web server) with a login/password ?

Below are two methods for setting up a login/password to protect Glances running inside a Docker container.

Option 1

You can enter the running container by entering this command (replacing glances_docker with the name of your container):

docker exec -it glances_docker sh

and generate the password file (the default login is glances, add the --username flag if you would like to change it):

glances -s --password

which will prompt you to answer the following questions:

after which you will need to kill the process by entering CTRL+C (potentially twice), before leaving the container:

You will then need to copy the password file to your host machine:

and make it visible to your container by adding it to docker-compose.yml as a secret:

Option 2

You can add a [passwords] block to the Glances configuration file as mentioned elsewhere in the documentation:

# Define the passwords list
# Syntax: host=password
# Where: host is the hostname
#        password is the clear password
# Additionally (and optionally) a default password could be defined