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Wiki Discussion: Use SWI-Prolog DockerHub image
This does not explain how to install Docker as that is operating system dependent and well documented in the link.
This just demonstrates using the SWI-Prolog DockerHub image.
Note: The version of SWI-Prolog installed as a Docker image will typically be a few releases behind the current development version, e.g. current version: 8.3.1, version in Docker image: 8.2.0. Unless you need a recent patch this should suffice.
docker pull swipl
docker run -it swipl
These example steps were done using Windows 10 command prompt.
C:\Users\Eric>docker pull swipl Using default tag: latest latest: Pulling from library/swipl babf97a3f00a: Pull complete 2f2a798fd949: Pull complete 93306910516f: Pull complete Digest: sha256:79302422d49e29dd47326059e578c72cc974d7fbb51bf132ff0b9f5129b9f603 Status: Downloaded newer image for swipl:latest docker.io/library/swipl:latest C:\Users\Eric>docker run -it swipl Welcome to SWI-Prolog (threaded, 64 bits, version 8.2.0) SWI-Prolog comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software. Please run ?- license. for legal details. For online help and background, visit https://www.swi-prolog.org For built-in help, use ?- help(Topic). or ?- apropos(Word). ?- pwd. % // true. ?-
It really is that simple.
The path shown with pwd/0 is the root of the files system in the Docker container. This is because SWI-Prolog is running in a Docker container which is a self contained system with its own file system. So if you destroy the Docker container, any files created will be destroyed. If you need to save your work to your local file system, Use volumes
If you need to start up the container with OS access, e.g. bash
docker run -it swipl bash
C:\Users\Eric>docker run -it swipl bash root@75b5d9362fea:/# uname -r 4.19.128-microsoft-standard root@75b5d9362fea:/# cat /etc/os-release PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)" NAME="Debian GNU/Linux" VERSION_ID="9" VERSION="9 (stretch)" VERSION_CODENAME=stretch ID=debian HOME_URL="https://www.debian.org/" SUPPORT_URL="https://www.debian.org/support" BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.debian.org/"
From bash you can still start up SWI-Prolog
root@75b5d9362fea:/# swipl Welcome to SWI-Prolog (threaded, 64 bits, version 8.2.0) SWI-Prolog comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software. Please run ?- license. for legal details. For online help and background, visit https://www.swi-prolog.org For built-in help, use ?- help(Topic). or ?- apropos(Word). ?-