February 1, 2023
Introducing: New Docker CLI
Since it launched in 2013, Docker has been a blessing for software developers. A single isolated test environment, a single runtime with tools and dependencies shared across the whole team, speed and ease of use, scalability ensured by Kubernetes – all perfectly aligning with what CI/CD should be about.
10 years ahead, Buddy lets you automate basically every single Docker task:
- build a Docker image, either single or multi-arch
- run the image in the pipeline and test it for errors
- push the image to the selected registry: Docker Hub, Amazon ECR, Google GCR & Artifact Registry, or any private registry
- pull and run the image on a remote server
- orchestrate containers and run Helm operations on Kubernetes clusters
- lint the Dockerfile for errors
Docker actions in Buddy
However, due to the way containers communicate with each, users who wanted to run Docker in Docker or docker-compose operations were forced to use the Ubuntu VM action with preinstalled Docker CLI. The action launches a dedicated VM isolated from the rest of the infrastructure, uploads the files from the pipeline filesystem, runs the commands on the files, and downloads the processed files back to the filesystem. However, the drawback to this solution is somewhat sluggish performance when compared to "regular" container actions.
Which has changed now.
The new Docker CLI action released last week has been rewritten from scratch to work with the pipeline filesystem. The benefits are plentiful:
- user no longer needs to wait until the VM is ready
- no need to define sync paths between the VM and the filesystem
- Docker images do not have to be uploaded to the registry and downloaded to use them on the VM
- the Docker cache is shared with other Docker actions
- docker-compose and Docker in Docker are fully supported
The action launches a container with Docker CLI. Inside the container, you can define the commands to run:
Docker CLI command tab
Additionally, you can select the Docker registry to which and from which you can push or pull images required by your workflow:
Docker CLI registry tab
As with other actions, you can customize the container with required tools and packages, define trigger conditions, and use environment variables to streamline your process. Go ahead, give it a try, and let us know how it performs against your current setup.
Customer Success Manager