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Last pushed: 2 years ago
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A minimally generated Debian GNU/Linux 7 (wheezy) Docker image (size: 50.76 MB)
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Most people running Docker are using huge images with needless applications installed and taking up space for their containers. Meanwhile, if you search in the Docker Registry for 'debian minimal' you'll come across some images that are over 260 MB! Whenever I build a new server I install Debian/GNU Linux doing a Network install from a minimal CD which only includes the minimal base OS. My goal is to recreate this for Docker, starting with a base Debian install, and then removing things in that minimal install that are not needed by Docker, while leaving (some) basic *nix utilities in place. After this I use docker-squash tool to free a few more bits in the container before committing and checking in the image here.


If you just want to use this image, pull it and configure what you want:

docker pull philcryer/min-wheezy

To use this image in your own project, use this FROM line in your Dockerfile:

FROM philcryer/min-wheezy:latest


In the interest of Open Source and transparency, here are the steps I've taken to build this image.

Pull the official base Debian Wheezy image

See Debian Official Docker page for information on this container

docker pull debian:wheezy

Get the image ID and run the container

Notice how small it is to start with

# docker images | tail -n1
debian                      wheezy              f6fab3b798be        4 weeks ago          85.1 MB

Run and enter the new container

docker run -i -t f6fab3b798be /bin/bash

Inside the container, run the following

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y 
apt-get clean -y && apt-get autoclean -y && apt-get autoremove -y
cp -R /usr/share/locale/en\@* /tmp/ && rm -rf /usr/share/locale/* && mv /tmp/en\@* /usr/share/locale/
rm -rf /var/cache/debconf/*-old && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/* && rm -rf /usr/share/doc/*
echo "`cat /etc/` Docker Image - philcryer/min-wheezy - `date +'%Y/%m/%d'`" > /etc/motd

Commit those changes

# docker ps -a | head -n2
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS                      PORTS               NAMES
9fd99c47de64        debian:wheezy       "/bin/bash"         3 minutes ago       Exited (0) 12 seconds ago                       insane_newton

# docker commit  9fd99c47de64

Squash the image and get its new ID

# docker save 3dd7dab3803b2bb507a576119ac3daf3de9f700cbf0e80127acc04a85891c0d4 | docker-squash -from root -t philcryer/min-wheezy | docker load

Check the final size

# docker images | head -n2
REPOSITORY             TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED              VIRTUAL SIZE
philcryer/min-wheezy   latest              243925c5b6ed        12 seconds ago       50.76 MB

Push it to the Docker registry

docker push philcryer/min-wheezy


Pull the image and check the size:

# docker pull philcryer/min-wheezy:latest
Pulling repository philcryer/min-wheezy
243925c5b6ed: Download complete
511136ea3c5a: Download complete
dbb9d41e1af3: Download complete
Status: Downloaded newer image for philcryer/min-wheezy:latest

# docker images
REPOSITORY             TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             VIRTUAL SIZE
philcryer/min-wheezy   latest              243925c5b6ed        2 minutes ago       50.76 MB

Container details

For reference, this Docker container will contain the following:


# uname -a
Linux cbfd8af55155 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-2 (2014-11-06) x86_64 GNU/Linux

And installed packages

# dpkg --get-selections
apt                        install
base-files                    install
base-passwd                    install
bash                        install
bsdutils                    install
coreutils                    install
dash                        install
debconf                        install
debconf-i18n                    install
debian-archive-keyring                install
debianutils                    install
diffutils                    install
dpkg                        install
e2fslibs:amd64                    install
e2fsprogs                    install
findutils                    install
gcc-4.7-base:amd64                install
gnupg                        install
gpgv                        install
grep                        install
gzip                        install
hostname                    install
inetutils-ping                    install
initscripts                    install
insserv                        install
iproute                        install
libacl1:amd64                    install
libapt-pkg4.12:amd64                install
libattr1:amd64                    install
libblkid1:amd64                    install
libbz2-1.0:amd64                install
libc-bin                    install
libc6:amd64                    install
libcomerr2:amd64                install
libdb5.1:amd64                    install
libgcc1:amd64                    install
liblocale-gettext-perl                install
liblzma5:amd64                    install
libmount1                    install
libncurses5:amd64                install
libpam-modules:amd64                install
libpam-modules-bin                install
libpam-runtime                    install
libpam0g:amd64                    install
libreadline6:amd64                install
libselinux1:amd64                install
libsemanage-common                install
libsemanage1:amd64                install
libsepol1:amd64                    install
libslang2:amd64                    install
libss2:amd64                    install
libstdc++6:amd64                install
libtext-charwidth-perl                install
libtext-iconv-perl                install
libtext-wrapi18n-perl                install
libtinfo5:amd64                    install
libusb-0.1-4:amd64                install
libustr-1.0-1:amd64                install
libuuid1:amd64                    install
login                        install
lsb-base                    install
mawk                        install
mount                        install
multiarch-support                install
ncurses-base                    install
ncurses-bin                    install
netbase                        install
passwd                        install
perl-base                    install
readline-common                    install
sed                        install
sensible-utils                    install
sysv-rc                        install
sysvinit                    install
sysvinit-utils                    install
tar                        install
tzdata                        install
util-linux                    install
xz-utils                    install
zlib1g:amd64                    install


This is one of my first Docker images (see all of them here) so please give me feedback in the comments. Thanks!

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Comments (2)
a year ago

Just as described above, I need to have it in github with proper files and automated builds. Thanks

2 years ago


Is the Dockerfile available somewhere or do you just build them and them commit as the way you have shown ?