[docker] How to assign more memory to docker container

As the title reads, I'm trying to assign more memory to my container. I'm using an image from docker hub called "aallam/tomcat-mysql" in case that's relevant.

When I start it normally without any special flags, there's a memory limit of 2GB (even though I read that memory is unbounded if not set)

Here are my docker stats

CONTAINER           CPU %               MEM USAGE / LIMIT       MEM %               NET I/O             BLOCK I/O           PIDS
ba57d6c9e9d2        0.22%               145.6 MiB / 1.952 GiB   7.29%               508 B / 508 B       0 B / 6.91 MB       68

I tried setting memory explicitly like so but with same results

docker run -d --memory=10g --memory-swap=-1 -e MYSQL_PASSWORD=password -p 3307:3306 -p 8081:8080 aallam/tomcat-mysql

I've read that perhaps the VM is what's restricting it. But then why does docker stats show that container size limit is 2GB?

This question is related to docker docker-container

The answer is

Allocate maximum memory to your docker machine from (docker preference -> advance )

Screenshot of advance settings: Screenshot of advance settings.

This will set the maximum limit docker consume while running containers. Now run your image in new container with -m=4g flag for 4 gigs ram or more. e.g.

docker run -m=4g {imageID}

Remember to apply the ram limit increase changes. Restart the docker and double check that ram limit did increased. This can be one of the factor you not see the ram limit increase in docker containers.

If you want to change the default container and you are using Virtualbox, you can do it via the commandline / CLI:

docker-machine stop
VBoxManage modifyvm default --cpus 2
VBoxManage modifyvm default --memory 4096
docker-machine start