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Picard, based on broadinstitute/picard, customizing CMD
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This repository houses Dockerfiles and tests for producing versioned container images of computational genomics tools.

Images produced are are pushed to Docker Hub under the dukegcb organization and suitable for use in CWL workflows or under Singularity.

The directory structure of this repository uses a convention to determine the names and tags of built docker images, which is explained below.

Directory Structure

As this repository houses many Dockerfiles, the directory structure allows those to be organized by tool name and version, allowing automatic builds and versioning conventions.

Dockerfiles are organized into subdirectories based on the tool and version. For example, the Dockerfile for FastQC version 0.11.4 is located at fastqc/0.11.4/Dockerfile.

Versioning and Tags

To preserve versions and support the Docker latest tag, we adopt two conventions when building:

  1. The name of the directory immediately containing the Dockerfile is used as the Docker image tag when building
  2. Creating a latest symlink to point to one of the version directories will cause that version to also be tagged as latest

For example, the following directory structure:

$ ls -ld fastqc/*
drwxr-xr-x  4 dcl9  staff  128 Feb 14 13:57 fastqc/0.11.4
lrwxr-xr-x  1 dcl9  staff    6 Feb 14 10:52 fastqc/latest -> 0.11.4

Will build a Docker image dukegcb/fastqc:0.11.4 from the Dockerfile in fastqc/0.11.4, and also tag that image as dukegcb/fastqc:latest.

Naming Restrictions

When naming directories, it's important to use names that are also valid for Docker images and tags. Sometimes, tool names and versions may contain characters (e.g. +) that are not valid for Docker image names or tags.

From, regarding image names:

Name components may contain lowercase letters, digits and separators. A separator is defined as a period, one or two underscores, or one or more dashes. A name component may not start or end with a separator.


A tag name must be valid ASCII and may contain lowercase and uppercase letters, digits, underscores, periods and dashes. A tag name may not start with a period or a dash and may contain a maximum of 128 characters.

Continuous Integration

This repository includes scripts to automate the building, testing, and pushing of Docker images to the public Docker hub registry.

The scripts that run these processes are,, and Each depends on the conventions denoted above, and use functions from to determine what to process at each stage.

These processes happen on CircleCI, as configured in .circle/config.yml, and expect the following 4 environment variables:

  • DEPLOY_BRANCH - When changes are made on this git branch (typically master), built images will be pushed to Docker Hub
  • DOCKERHUB_ORG - The Docker organization name to use when naming and pushing built images (e.g. dukegcb)
  • DOCKERHUB_USERNAME - The Docker Hub username to use when authenticating with Docker Hub. See below.
  • DOCKERHUB_PASSWORD - The Docker Hub password to use when authenticating with Docker Hub. See below.

Docker Hub Credentials

For the CI service to push to Docker Hub, it must login with docker login. It uses the username/password set in the above variables.

To avoid using personal account credentials, we use a Docker Hub account created just for this purpose. This account is a member of the cibuild team, which has write access to the docker repos.


Beside each Dockerfile there should be a unittest.yml file describing how to test the built image. These tests are intended to confirm that the expected tool has been installed in the image and executes when run.

The unittest.yml for FastQC simply asserts that running the fastqc -h command produces usage text:

  - cmd: "fastqc -h"
    expect_text: ".*fastqc seqfile1 seqfile2.*"


Dockerfiles are built with the command noted in

docker build -f $tool/$version/Dockerfile" -t "$owner/$tool:$version" "$tool/$version"

So this build command can easily be run locally to confirm the image builds correctly.


Adding a new tool

  1. Create a repo under the dukegcb Docker Hub organization with the tool name
  2. Under collaborators, add the cibuild team with write access
  3. Create a branch for the new tool in your local copy of the repo
  4. Follow steps 2-10 under Adding a new tool version

Adding a new tool version

  1. Create a branch for new version in your local copy of the repo.
  2. Create a directory for the version in the tool's directory.
  3. Create and edit the Dockerfile in that directory to install that version of the tool.
  4. Confirm that the Dockerfile builds as expected.
  5. Write a unittest.yml file to test that the tool runs as expected.
  6. If you wish to update the latest tag to this version, update the latest symlink to point to the new version rm latest && ln -s new-version latest.
  7. Push your branch to GitHub
  8. CircleCI will build and test changed Dockerfiles from your branch, but images will not be pushed to Docker Hub.
  9. Submit a pull request to merge those changes into master
  10. After review and merge to master, the newly built image(s) will be pushed to Docker Hub.
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