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Short Description
Haskell is an advanced purely-functional programming language.
Full Description

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

Quick reference

What is Haskell?

Haskell is a lazy, functional, statically-typed programming language with advanced type system features such as higher-rank, higher-kinded parametric polymorphism, monadic effects, generalized algebraic data types (GADTs), flexible type classes, associated type families, and more.

Haskell's ghc is a portable, optimizing compiler with a foreign-function interface (FFI), an LLVM backend, and sophisticated runtime support for concurrency, explicit/implicit parallelism, runtime profiling, etc. Other Haskell tools like criterion, quickcheck, hpc, and haddock provide advanced benchmarking, property-based testing, code coverage, and documentation generation.

A large number of production-quality Haskell libraries are available from Hackage in the form of Cabal packages. The traditional cabal tool, or the more recent stack tool (available in 7.10.3+) can be used to streamline working with Cabal packages. The key differences are summarized here. New users are encouraged to start with stack.

About this image

This image ships a minimal Haskell toolchain with the following packages from the hvr PPA:

  • ghc
  • alex
  • cabal-install
  • happy

As of 7.10.3, the stack tool is included.

Note: The GHC developers do not support legacy release branches (i.e. 7.8.x). While older GHC release tags are available in this DockerHub repository, only the latest stable release (or upcoming release candidates) will be shown in the "Supported tags ..." section at the top of this page.

How to use this image

Start an interactive interpreter session with ghci:

$ docker run -it --rm haskell:8
GHCi, version 8.0.2:  :? for help

Dockerize an application from Hackage with a Dockerfile:

FROM haskell:8
RUN stack install pandoc pandoc-citeproc
ENTRYPOINT ["pandoc"]

Alternatively, using cabal:

FROM haskell:8
RUN cabal update && cabal install pandoc pandoc-citeproc
ENTRYPOINT ["pandoc"]

Iteratively develop a Haskell application with a Dockerfile utilizing the build cache:

FROM haskell:7.10

WORKDIR /opt/server

RUN cabal update

# Add just the .cabal file to capture dependencies
COPY ./snap-example.cabal /opt/server/snap-example.cabal

# Docker will cache this command as a layer, freeing us up to
# modify source code without re-installing dependencies
# (unless the .cabal file changes!)
RUN cabal install --only-dependencies -j4

# Add and Install Application Code
COPY . /opt/server
RUN cabal install

CMD ["snap-example"]


See the application snippet above in more detail in the example snap application.


This image is licensed under the MIT License (see LICENSE), and includes software licensed under the Glasgow Haskell Compiler License (BSD-style).

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Comments (11)
2 months ago

would be nice to have a selection of integrated editors like vim, emacs, code, etc. It is very difficult experimenting with the language when constructing a stable development environment itself involves a lot of research and experimentation. It might actually be convenient if GHCI can be provided a default library that obviates the command-line and thereby functions as a complete development environment.

9 months ago

+1 image based on alpine

a year ago

An image based on a alpine image would be great

a year ago

+1 Stack


a year ago

+1 stack

2 years ago

+1 stack


2 years ago

Could you update to latest 7.10.3 version of GHC?

2 years ago

+1 for stack support.

2 years ago

do you have plans to include the stack tool ?

2 years ago

@ysangkok: this links from the README points to revisions in freebroccolo's docker-haskell github repo, which in turn includes the Dockerfiles with the references you're looking for.