Cygwin is a great tool, but not the easiest to install. Babun consists of a pre-configured Cygwin that does not interfere with existing Cygwin installation.
Download the dist file from http://babun.github.io, unzip it and run the install.bat script. After a few minutes the application will be installed to the
%USERPROFILE%\.babun directory. You can use the /target (or /t) option to install babun to a custom directory.
Run pact from babun shell (pact is a babun package manager )
pact install xorg-server xinit xhost
Start the X server
Once the installation has completed, open a Cygwin terminal and run
XWin :0 -listen tcp -multiwindow. This will start an X server on Windows machine
with the ability to listen to connections from the network (-listen tcp) and display
each application in its own window (-multiwindow), rather than a single window acting
as a virtual screen to display applications on. Once it’s started, you should see an
„X” icon in Windows tray area.
Run graphical application
fr3nd/xeyes is a good test to run
// don't forget to change WINDOWS_MACHINE_IP_ADDR! // 'localhost' obviously won't work from within Docker container docker run -e DISPLAY=$WINDOWS_MACHINE_IP_ADDR:0 --rm fr3nd/xeyes
Or we can build ourselves image with Firefox using the following Dockerfile as a starting point
FROM centos RUN yum -y update && yum install -y firefox CMD /usr/bin/firefox
docker build -t firefox . it and run the container with
export DISPLAY=$WINDOWS_MACHINE_IP_ADD:0 docker run -ti --rm -e DISPLAY=$DISPLAY firefox
If all goes well you should see Firefox running from within a Docker container.
If you have issues with authorization you may want to try running the insecure xhost + command to permit access from all machines. See xhost(1) Linux man page.