Welcome to part 2 of the DC/OS 101 Tutorial.


By now, you have a running DC/OS cluster and the DC/OS CLI installed and configured. If that isn’t the case, please follow these instructions. Furthermore, we use jq as a json processor to simplify some of the commands below.


By the end of this session we will have installed our first service - Redis - from the DC/OS universe. Redis is a key-value store, which we will use for persisting data throughout the tutorial.


  • Install Redis
    • Search the redis package in the (local) universe: dcos package search redis. This should return two entries (mr-redis and redis).
    • We are interested in the single redis container package, which we install with dcos package install redis.
  • You can use any of the following methods to check that redis is running:
    • By looking at the UI: The redis task should be displayed in the Service Health tab along with the health status.
    • By looking at all DC/OS tasks: dcos task. This command will show us all running DC/OS tasks (i.e., Mesos tasks).
    • By looking at all marathon apps: dcos marathon app list. This command will show us all running Marathon apps. As services are started via marathon, we should see redis here as well. Note, that the health status (i.e., 1/1) is also shown here.
    • By looking at the redis log: dcos task log redis. This command will show us the logs (stdout and stderr) of the redis task. This allows you to check whether the actual startup was sucessful.
  • Let’s use redis by storing a key manually via the redis-cli
    • SSH into the node where redis is running: dcos node ssh --master-proxy --mesos-id=$(dcos task redis --json | jq -r '.[] | .slave_id')
      • Note: This requires you to have the ssh-key required to conenct to the machines added to your local ssh agent (e.g., via ssh-add my_public_key). Check the documentation for further details.
    • Because Redis is running in Docker container, we can list all docker containers using docker ps and get the ContainerID.
    • Connect to a bash session in the running container: sudo docker exec -i -t CONTAINER_ID /bin/bash
    • Start the Redis CLI: redis-cli
    • Set key set mykey key1
    • Check value is there get mykey


We have just successfully installed our first service from the universe and verified it is running.

Deep Dive

Universe is a package registry made available for DC/OS Clusters. It enables you to easily install services such as Apache Spark or Apache Cassandra in your cluster without having to deal with manual configuration. Universe packages are by many different contributors. There are two categories of packages right now: First, selected packages that have undergone testing and certification. Second, community packages, which are not as well tested.

You can also add your own repo that includes your custom packages. See the documentation for details.