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Debify takes a directory full of Debian packages and creates a signed and properly-structured
Debian repository out of them.


Run the Debify image, mounting two volumes to special mount points:

  1. /.gnpug: Mount your GPG directory containing the key you want to sign the repository with here.

  2. /debs: Mount a directory containing all your Debian packages here.

A tarball of the resulting Debian repository will be written to /debs/repo.tar.gz.

If you specify URI and KEYSERVER enviornment variables, the tarball will also contain a go
script for setting up the repository.


Let's say I have a bunch of Debian packages at ~/my-debs, and I've imported or created a GPG key
for signing everything with. Here's how I might run Debify if I plan on publishing the repo to

$ docker run -e URI= \
             -e \
             -v ~/.gnupg:/.gnupg \
             -v ~/my-debs:/debs \


As an example, if you publish the contents of the tarball to, users can
consume it like this:

$ curl -sSL | sudo sh
$ apt-get install <your-package>

Note that this presupposes that you've published the GPG key
used to sign the artifacts to

If you haven't published the key, Debify will not generate a go script. Your users will manually
need to add your key using apt-key add and then add your repo to their sources.list by hand.


Here are some optional environment variables you can specify when running a Debify container:

  • GPG_PASSPHRASE: A passphrase to use when running GPG, if you need it.

  • GPG_PASSPHRASE_FILE: A passphrase file to use when running GPG, if you need it (hint: mount this
    file into the container somewhere and specify the path in the container).

  • APTLY_DISTRIBUTION: Defaults to unstable. Some projects may choose to use a specific Debian
    distribution (wheezy, trusty, jessie, etc.), while cross-distribution packages might want to just
    use the project name (for example, "docker").

  • APTLY_ARCHITECTURES: List of architectures to consider. Will try to guess if not provided.

  • APTLY_COMPONENT: Defaults to main. See the Debian wiki
    if you're confused about this.

  • KEYSERVER: Defaults to The keyserver where your GPG key has been published.
    Used for the go script.

  • URI: The URI where this Debian repo will be published. Used for the go script.

Under the Covers

Debify is a wrapper around Aptly.

Build & release

Build with docker build .. Released via an automatic build on the Docker Hub.

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