Run ARM Docker images in GitHub Actions runners!

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This is so easy to do, I think I can describe it in less than 150 words! Problem: You want to run Docker images from Docker images that target ARM, or you want to build images for ARM platforms. Solution: Add this to .github/workflows/main.yml (or whichever YAML file you’d like to enable ARM support for): jobs: your-job-name: steps: # Add this to the top of your `steps` - name: Set up QEMU - arm if: ${{ runner. … »

Wiring up Docker on Windows to Ubuntu on Windows

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Getting docker running on Ubuntu on Windows is pretty simple. After installing the Docker Windows engine and restarting, run this in a bash session to bind the two together:

export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://

Pop this into your .bashrc and never think about it again.


A completely neutral post about containers.

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  • Edit 2: I’ve made a few small changes to the way I’ve described Docker architecture. Thanks, /u/jmtd!

  • Edit: I mentioned below that Docker containers can only run a single process. While that is true by default, it is actually not the rule. You can use Docker Supervisor to manage multiple processes within a container. Here is how you do that. Thanks, /u/carlivar!

Fact: There are at least 22 conversations arguing about the usefulness/uselessness of containers happening right now. For every person arguing about them, at least three blog articles will shortly appear telling you why containers are going to be bigger than the Super Bowl or how they are the worst thing to happen to computing since web scale became a thing.

This short post will not be any of those.

I believe in using the right tool for the job and I hate fads. I’ve also been learning about containers for the last few months and am becoming incredibly interested in figuring out how to bring them to Windows 2012 and below (Windows Server 2016+ will have them, but Microsoft will be lucky and probably scared if they saw anything above 20-30% uptake within its first two years), so here’s a short post describing what I’ve learned about them, how they work, and why they might or might not be useful for you and/or your business.