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An attempt at a "buildpack-deps"-like Docker image with Alpine Linux


The base image is the official Docker Alpine image.

This repo contains a set of images similar to the official buildpack-deps images.

Tag Base image Description
curl alpine:3.4/:3.5 Alpine with curl and wget
scm :curl :curl with source control management (SCM) tools
slim :scm :scm with build tools and development libraries
latest :slim :slim with database development libraries (see notes below)


  • A best effort was made to find equivalent Alpine packages for the Debian packages in the official buildpack-deps. The packages may not always be 100% equivalent.
  • The code you're compiling in buildpack-deps could make assumptions about the host that are not necessarily true for Alpine Linux. For example:
    • That the standard Unix tools are the GNU implementations
    • That the standard C library is glibc
    • That the paths to development files are the Debian paths
  • The default/latest tag for this image is not smaller than the Debian/Ubuntu-based buildpack-deps images, although it is roughly the same size (~190MB compressed, ~660MB uncompressed). The reason for this is that the Alpine development libraries for PostgreSQL and MySQL are significantly bigger than the Debian ones. If you are hoping to make a small "buildpack-deps"-based Docker image, you're probably doing Docker images wrong.


The following sources were used to find the required packages:

The packages in the curl and scm variants all have the same names in Alpine Linux as they do in the Debian/Ubuntu source. The translation of packages for the latest image is a bit more complicated, though. The packages used are listed below:

buildpack-deps alpine-buildpack-deps
autoconf autoconf
automake automake
bzip2 bzip2
file file
g++ g++
gcc gcc
imagemagick imagemagick-dev
libbz2-dev bzip2-dev
libc6-dev libc-dev, linux-headers
libcurl4-openssl-dev curl-dev
libdb-dev db-dev
libevent-dev libevent-dev
libffi-dev libffi-dev
libgdbm-dev gdbm-dev
libgeoip-dev geoip-dev
libglib2.0-dev glib-dev
libjpeg-dev jpeg-dev
libkrb5-dev krb5-dev
liblzma-dev xz-dev
libmagickcore-dev imagemagick-dev
libmagickwand-dev imagemagick-dev
libmysqlclient-dev mariadb-dev*
libncurses-dev ncurses-dev
libpng-dev libpng-dev
libpq-dev postgresql-dev*
libreadline-dev readline-dev
libsqlite3-dev sqlite-dev
libssl-dev openssl-dev/libressl-dev**
libtool libtool
libwebp-dev libwebp-dev
libxml2-dev libxml2-dev
libxslt-dev libxslt-dev
libyaml-dev yaml-dev
make make
patch patch
xz-utils xz
zlib1g-dev zlib-dev

*Alpine Linux doesn't have development packages for MySQL or PostgreSQL that include only the headers/libraries necessary for client-side libraries. These Alpine packages are quite large because they include server headers/libraries as well.

**Alpine Linux switched from OpenSSL to LibreSSL in version 3.5.

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