How can I make run GUI applications run form inside a docker container?

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  • GitHub repo x11docker

    Run GUI applications and desktops in docker and podman containers. Focus on security.

    Checkout x11docker, it can be a little tricky to get things setup but it worked great when I was trying to run a Qt app in a Docker container.

  • GitHub repo Docker-OSX

    Run Mac in a Docker! Run near native OSX-KVM in Docker! X11 Forwarding! CI/CD for OS X!

    To elaborate, docker is useful for all sorts of use-cases, some of which require a GUI. For instance, since Flash has been deprecated, there is a project which allows you to run Firefox with Flash in a container. This is useful for accessing older hardware which only presents a flash based frontend. Similarly, I've been experimenting with docker-osx which can present a full Mac OSX dekstop via docker. It does this by running an OSX image in QEMU which is in turn running in docker container. This is useful for cross-platform testing, and security research.

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