Fluka for Docker

V. Boccone, A. Fontana, D. Horváth

These scripts allow to install and run Fluka and Flair inside a Docker container in any OS where Docker can be installed. The idea is derived by the scripts developed and maintained by V. Boccone at https://github.com/drbokko/fedora_27-fluka.

They are designed to be used only on single user machines, they are not suitable for multiple people working in parallel on a machine (i.e. clusters).

Creating your personal Fluka User ID

In order to be able to download and use Fluka, you must register on the Fluka website fluka.org. With the registration you will get your personal Fluka User ID (fuid-XXXX) and password. Later, you will have to provide these during the installation.

If you already registered on the website, and have your Fluka User ID, you can skip this step.

Installing Docker

You can install Docker in the host OS by following the instructions on the Docker website: these are available for the most common Linux flavours, Windows 10 (Home and Professional Editions) and macOS.

macOS, Linux, Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education

Install Docker Community Edition: https://hub.docker.com/search/?type=edition&offering=community

On macOS and Linux machines the use of the native official FLUKA release is highly encouraged.

Windows 10 Home (and possibly older Windows versions)

Install Docker Toolbox: https://docs.docker.com/toolbox/overview/

Windows 10 Home does not enable Hyper-V, which is required for Docker Community Edition. Docker Toolbox provides a workaround. This is not optimal for performance, but it allows to run FLUKA also on Windows 10 Home.

Post installation steps for both Windows 10 versions

Install Public Domain Release version of Xming: http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/

Allow Docker and Xming through the firewall.

Post installation steps for Linux

Once docker is installed you need to add your user to the docker group.

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

In this way, all docker commands can be issued as $USER.

Post installation steps for macOS

Install the latest XQuartz X server, and enable the Allow connections from network clients in the preferences.

Testing Docker installation

To check if the installation of Docker was successful, run the following command: docker run --rm hello-world

If everything is correct, you should see following message:

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
 1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
 2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
 3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
 4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.

To try something more ambitious, you can run an Ubuntu container with:
 $ docker run -it ubuntu bash

Share images, automate workflows, and more with a free Docker ID:

For more examples and ideas, visit:

Generating your personal docker image with Fluka

The scripts for the generation of a basic Fluka-compatible image are open source.

Getting the scripts


You can download the latest version of the scripts from the links on the top of this page, or directly from the github repository: https://github.com/flukadocker/F4D/archive/master.zip

Git clone

You can alternatively checkout the full repository with the scripts from the github repository:

git clone https://github.com/flukadocker/F4D.git

In both cases the download directory is your choice.

Making the docker directory

macOS, Linux

The downloaded scripts can be placed anywhere in your home directory.

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education

Create a folder on the C:\ drive (e.g. C:\docker) and copy every folder and file from the zip file (repository) there.

Windows 10 Home (and possibly older Windows versions)

Create the specific folder C:\Users\docker and copy every folder and file from the zip file (repository) there.

Running the installation script

macOS, Linux

You can generate your personal Fluka image by running in a terminal the install_linux.sh script in the root of the repository.

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education

Execute in a Windows prompt terminal or by double-clicking on it the script install_win.bat.

Windows 10 Home (and possibly older Windows versions)

Start as Administrator a Docker Quickstart Terminal and execute from the directory /c/Users/docker the script install_win.bat. This script will install the necessary start the Docker container with Fluka and Flair installed and ready to be used.

Alternatively you can start the Docker Quickstart Terminal as Administrator and execute the install script in a Windows prompt terminal also started as Administrator.

The installation process

Both install scripts will prompt for your Fluka credentials (fuid-XXXX and password), download the latest public Fluka release and install it in a Fedora based Docker container.

The installation might require a bit of time - from 1 to 10 minutes - depending on the speed of your internet connection.

The typical output of these steps in all systems is as follows:

Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from flukadocker/f4d_baseimage
Digest: sha256:a3817003a314970e2049f6490617097e9c1b8a577ae516601567f2683514cb73
Status: Image is up to date for flukadocker/f4d_baseimage:latest
Total reclaimed space: 0B
Checking Fluka and flair versions
Check complete
Sending build context to Docker daemon  27.14kB
Step 1/3 : FROM flukadocker/f4d_baseimage
 ---> fc6165c8dab5
Step 2/3 : ARG flair_version
 ---> Using cache
 ---> b012fd72139d
Step 3/3 : RUN rpm -ivh http://www.fluka.org/flair/flair-$flair_version.noarch.rpm              http://www.fluka.org/flair/flair-geoviewer-$flair_version.x86_64.rpm
 ---> Using cache
 ---> 93b6e62b0919
Successfully built 93b6e62b0919
Successfully tagged f4d_flair:latest
SECURITY WARNING: You are building a Docker image from Windows against a non-Windows Docker host. All files and directories added to build context will have '-rwxr-xr-x' permissions. It is recommended to double check and reset permissions for sensitive files and directories.
Total reclaimed space: 0B
Downloading Fluka
Please specify your Fluka user identification ['fuid', i.e. fuid-1234]
fuid: fuid-1234
Password for user 'fuid-1234':
--2018-05-29 12:46:36--  https://www.fluka.org/packages/fluka2011.2x-linux-gfor64bitAA.tar.gz
Resolving www.fluka.org (www.fluka.org)...
Connecting to www.fluka.org (www.fluka.org)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 401 Authorization Required
Authentication selected: Basic realm="FLUKA download interface"
Connecting to www.fluka.org (www.fluka.org)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 163830357 (156M) [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: 'fluka2011.2x-linux-gfor64bitAA.tar.gz'

fluka2011.2x-linux-gfor64bitA 100%[=================================================>] 156.24M  11.2MB/s    in 14s

2018-05-29 12:46:50 (11.2 MB/s) - 'fluka2011.2x-linux-gfor64bitAA.tar.gz' saved [163830357/163830357]

Sending build context to Docker daemon  163.9MB
Step 1/15 : FROM f4d_flair
 ---> 93b6e62b0919
Step 2/15 : ARG fluka_package
 ---> Running in 2b88267f641b
Removing intermediate container 2b88267f641b
 ---> 633192137d37
Step 3/15 : COPY $fluka_package /tmp
 ---> b2de7080e206
Step 4/15 : COPY ./common/motd /etc
 ---> 32be6a2bbec5
Step 5/15 : COPY ./common/disclaimer /etc/profile.d/
 ---> f3dd46f6dd46
Step 6/15 : COPY ./common/version_installed.sh /etc/profile.d/
 ---> 49d282032929
Step 7/15 : ENV FLUFOR=gfortran
 ---> Running in 8df9cb1a6da4
Removing intermediate container 8df9cb1a6da4
 ---> 284fca91527e
Step 8/15 : ENV FLUPRO=/usr/local/fluka
 ---> Running in 7b5393f6c2a8
Removing intermediate container 7b5393f6c2a8
 ---> f21a43d77a79
Step 9/15 : ARG UID=1000
 ---> Running in 08fdea43b2f8
Removing intermediate container 08fdea43b2f8
 ---> b312d549e7f4
Step 10/15 : RUN useradd -u $UID -c 'Fluka User' -m -d /home/fluka -s /bin/bash fluka &&     mkdir -p /usr/local/fluka &&     tar -zxf /tmp/fluka*.tar.gz -C /usr/local/fluka &&     cd /usr/local/fluka; make &&     chown -R fluka:fluka /usr/local/fluka &&     rm -rf /tmp/fluka*.tar.gz &&     cp /usr/local/fluka/flukahp / &&     rm -rf /flukahp &&     mkdir /docker_work &&     chown -R fluka:fluka /docker_work &&     chmod 755 /etc/profile.d/version_installed.sh
 ---> Running in c394895bbb38
FLUPRO=/usr/local/fluka flutil/lfluka -o flukahp -m fluka
$FLUPRO = /usr/local/fluka
 now linking


make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/local/fluka/flutil'
Removing intermediate container c394895bbb38
 ---> 797826837370
Step 11/15 : USER fluka
 ---> Running in 4796c2315cf5
Removing intermediate container 4796c2315cf5
 ---> 4cb1eb805d7e
Step 12/15 : ENV LOGNAME=fluka
 ---> Running in 102b7e677866
Removing intermediate container 102b7e677866
 ---> 2e2ba10fc127
Step 13/15 : ENV USER=fluka
 ---> Running in 8f91456e3f14
Removing intermediate container 8f91456e3f14
 ---> bf8919daeaca
Step 14/15 : ENV HOME /home/fluka
 ---> Running in 20e44804698f
 ---> fc91c2157995
Removing intermediate container 3cf9d8170c8d
Step 15/15 : WORKDIR /home/fluka
 ---> 633a20008533
Removing intermediate container 6b745fbb02b7
Successfully built 633a20008533

During this phase the script will:

Custom packages

It is possible to install additional fedora packages. Uncomment and edit the appropriate lines in ./common/flair.dockerfile. Multiple packages can be listed, the package names should be separated with SPACE.

After editing the dockerfile, run the installation script again to create the image with the custom packages.

Your first Fluka container

Creating a container

macOS, Linux

It is possible to get a shell terminal to container and to pass trough the X11 connection along with some local folder.

Execute from a terminal ./run_linux.sh: this script will start the Docker container with Fluka and Flair installed.

Note: Depending on your Xserver configuration you might need to run:

xhost +

on the host OS to enable the X11 forwarding.

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education

Use XLaunch to start Xming selecting the No Access Control checkbox, while keeping the others as is.

Change directory to where you have installed the Docker scripts (e.g. C:\docker) and execute the script run_win10_professional.bat: this script will start the Docker container with Fluka and Flair installed.

Allow sharing the C:\ drive, if Docker asks.

Windows 10 Home (and possibly older Windows versions)

Use XLaunch to start Xming selecting the No Access Control checkbox, while keeping the others as is.

Start as Administrator a Docker Quickstart Terminal and execute from the directory /c/Users/docker the script run_win10_home.bat. This script will start the Docker container with Fluka and Flair installed and ready to be used.

Alternatively you can execute it in a Windows prompt terminal (started as Administrator).

Using a container

Once in the docker container shell you could use the shell as if you would on a normal linux system.

The container automatically starts in the /docker_work folder. This folder is shared folder between the host OS and the Docker container. On the host OS it’s located in the user-defined directory (e.g. C:\docker or C:\Users\docker) as a subfolder.

You can try, for example, to run Fluka by:

[flukauser@linuxkit-025000000001 docker_work]$ mkdir test
[flukauser@linuxkit-025000000001 docker_work]$ cd test
[flukauser@linuxkit-025000000001 test]$ cp $FLUPRO/example.inp .
[flukauser@linuxkit-025000000001 test]$ $FLUPRO/flutil/rfluka -N0 -M1 example
$FLUPRO = /usr/local/fluka

Initial seed copied from /usr/local/fluka
Running fluka in /docker_work/test/fluka_25

======================= Running FLUKA for cycle # 1 =======================

Removing links
Removing temporary files
Saving output and random number seed
Saving additional files generated
     Moving fort.47 to /docker_work/test/example001_fort.47
     Moving fort.48 to /docker_work/test/example001_fort.48
     Moving fort.49 to /docker_work/test/example001_fort.49
     Moving fort.50 to /docker_work/test/example001_fort.50
     Moving fort.51 to /docker_work/test/example001_fort.51
End of FLUKA run

or also running Flair with the command flair.

Always work in the /docker_work directory. While the home folder ~ is saved between sessions, it is not shared with the host OS.

Limitation of parallel jobs

On Windows by default Docker is configured to have limited CPU cores and memory available to the containers. Only run one simulation job at a time. Parallel jobs might cause errors or hang the container.

Stopping a container

Use the exit command in the container’s shell to stop it.

Known issues

Updating the Fluka docker image

If a new version of Fluka or Flair released, you can update your Fluka docker image by running the installation script again. It will automatically download and install the updated versions.

Errors during update

In case of an error during the update you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Check your internet connection, and see if fluka.org can be loaded.

  2. Delete the fluka*.tar.gz file in the scripts folder.

  3. Except the docker_work directory, delete everthing from your Docker directory and redownload the latest scripts.