A minimalist Alpine Linux container.
REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID VIRTUAL SIZE bluebeluga/alpine latest c2d2631a367f 5.469 MB alpine latest baa5d63471ea 4.803 MB debian latest 4d6ce913b130 84.98 MB ubuntu latest b39b81afc8ca 188.3 MB centos latest 8efe422e6104 210 MB
Installation and Usage
A contains should only contain the OS libraries and language dependencies required to run an application and the application itself.
Rather than starting with everything but the kitchen sink, start with the bare minimum and add dependencies on an as needed basis.
FROM bluebeluga/alpine:3.4 RUN apk add --update dnsmasq \ && rm -rf /var/cache/apk/* EXPOSE 53 53/udp ENTRYPOINT ["dnsmasq", "-k"]
We now have a very small container with only the dependencies we need. Nothing more.
As of Alpine Linux 3.3 there exists a new
--no-cache option for
apk. It allows users to install packages with an index that is updated and used on-the-fly and not cached locally:
FROM bluebeluga/alpine:3.4 RUN apk --no-cache add dnsmasq EXPOSE 53 53/udp ENTRYPOINT ["dnsmasq", "-k"]
This avoids the need to use
--update and remove
/var/cache/apk/* when done installing packages.
This image contains a wrapper script that assists in the cleanup of the package index after installing packages. Here is another simple
Dockerfile that installs the
nginx package and removes package index data:
FROM bluebeluga/alpine:3.4 RUN apk-install nginx EXPOSE 80 CMD ["nginx", "-g", "daemon off;"]
Another great apk add feature for cleanup is the concept of virtual packages using the
-t switch. Packages added under this virtual name can then be removed as one group. An example use of this would be removing a group of build dependencies all at once:
FROM bluebeluga/alpine:3.4 RUN apk --update add python py-pip openssl ca-certificates RUN apk --update add --virtual build-dependencies python-dev build-base wget \ && pip install -r requirements.txt \ && python setup.py install \ && apk del build-dependencies CMD ["myapp", "start"]
latest: Currently 3.4
Build the container:
Run automated tests on one or more instances:
Push image or a repository to the registry:
Stop and remove build artifacts and images:
Please see the CONTRIBUTING.md.
License and Authors
MIT License Copyright (c) 2016 The Blue Beluga Company Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.