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Last pushed: a year ago
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Virtualbox + Genymotion. Now go do great Android things!
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Base Image: ubuntu:16.04

docker-genymotion helps to keep your environment clean and consistent when
testing different devices. It seeks to ensure the application is portable
across multiple platforms, hence a docker container.

Quickstart docker-genymotion

I have included a docker-compose file to enable fast-tracked development and
play with the image.

Build or pull docker-genymotion

You can pull the image straight from docker hub with:

docker pull matthewhartstonge/genymotion

OR, download the Git repository and and as long as you have
docker-compose installed, run:

docker-compose build

Run docker-genymotion

First run

To initially run the container you will need to pull out the virtualbox files
from the container to build and install the DKMS modules required for
genymotion to run correctly on your host. Run from the root of the
repository or copy and paste the following into your shell:

# This enables root to run X server - the linux window system
xhost local:root

# Generate folder for persistent data
mkdir -p `pwd`/persistent_data/genymotion/.Genymobile
chown -R root:root `pwd`/persistent_data/*

# Run the container to extract files from
docker run -d \
    --privileged \
    --net=host \
    -e DISPLAY=unix$DISPLAY \
    -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix \
    -v `pwd`/persistent_data/genymotion:/root/ \
    --name dkms \

# Copy the vbox driver and libs from the named dkms container
docker cp dkms:/usr/lib/virtualbox/ .
docker cp dkms:/usr/share/virtualbox /usr/share

# Ensure you have the kernel sources available and built, for example:
#  zypper in kernel-source kernel-default-devel
#  ln -s /usr/src/linux-* /usr/src/linux
#  cd /usr/src/linux
#  make oldconfig prepare scripts

# Install the DKMS modules on the host
./ setup

# Remove libs and build script
rm -rf /usr/share/virtualbox

# Kill off and cleanup unneeded container
docker kill dkms
docker rm dkms

With vanilla docker

Once the image and the DKMS modules have been built and installed as
above, run the following as root:

docker run -d \
    --privileged \
    --net=host \
    -e DISPLAY=unix$DISPLAY \
    -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix \
    -v `pwd`/persistent_data/genymotion:/root/ \

With docker-compose

Once the image and the DKMS modules have been built and installed as
above, run the following as root:

# Run the container with the settings defined in docker-compose.yml
docker-compose up


Hey, it complains about virtualbox not existing?

It requires the container's virtualbox Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) to
be built and installed on the host due to needing the pass-through


I have tried virtualbox within virtualbox, but this fails... The passthrough of
the DKMS/virtualbox tools gets messy. As such this container is best run on an
operating system that supports native docker. i.e. linux. NOT in a virtualbox

If anybody wants to report back on experience with running this in a linux
VM on windows through Parallels, VMWare e.t.c. let me know of your findings.

Can I report a bug?

Absolutely! File via github issues, or better yet, send a PR ;)

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Comments (2)
a year ago

@weaselbadoo - Definitely. The use of this image is also, obviously, subject to the terms and conditions as laid out and presented by Genymotion.

a year ago

Although this works well, it's not compatible with user-based licensing if the container is restarted with any degree of frequency: each container is viewed as a separate host by Genymotion's licensing system, and eventually it rejects attempts to move the license to the 'new' host.
This may not occur if a license server is used, but in correspondance, Genymotion indicated that they consider Docker to be a virtualisation system and expressly do not support anything other than running directly on a physical machine.