There are several reasons to make your own docker image, but mostly there are two. The application you want to run does not have a docker image available, or there is an image available, but it is not working on OpenShift. Due to the fact that OpenShift is designed to be a shared cluster, where users from different teams will run applications in the same hardware, OpenShift has to add limitations and runs things differently than in a standard Kubernetes cluster.
Building images locally
Three steps are needed to run build an image locally in a computer.
- First a
Dockerfilemust be written, for example this:
FROM nginx:alpine # support running as arbitrary user which belogs to the root group RUN chmod g+rwx /var/cache/nginx /var/run /var/log/nginx && \ chown nginx.root /var/cache/nginx /var/run /var/log/nginx && \ # users are not allowed to listen on privileged ports sed -i.bak 's/listen\(.*\)80;/listen 8081;/' /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf && \ # Make /etc/nginx/html/ available to use mkdir -p /etc/nginx/html/ && chmod 777 /etc/nginx/html/ && \ # comment user directive as master process is run as user in OpenShift anyhow sed -i.bak 's/^user/#user/' /etc/nginx/nginx.conf WORKDIR /usr/share/nginx/html/ EXPOSE 8081 USER nginx:root
- Giving write permissions to the
rootgroup (not the
rootuser) to several folders that nginx needs to write to (/var/cache/nginx, /var/run, /var/log/nginx, and /etc/nginx/html/). Applications are run using a random user and the
- Changing the port where nginx listens to, as only root is allowed to listen on privileged ports (<1024).
- And finally comment out the
nginx:alpine image has 5 layers, and we will adding a new one (
A simpler example of
Dockerfile could be:
FROM alpine RUN apk add git
This is just installing git over
alpine, and add also a new layer.
See the Dockerfile reference docs.
Then, the following command must be used to build the image
docker build . -t docker.io/user/name:tag
And finally, to publish the image:
docker push docker.io/user/name:tag
Using Rahti to build container images
This assumes that you have authorized a Rahti command line session and created a project in Rahti. Instructions for that are shown in Chapter Command line tool usage.
Create Rahti specific definitions with
oc new-build command. Be sure
not to be in a directory under git version control:
$ oc new-build --to=my-hello-image:devel --name=my-hello --binary * A Docker build using binary input will be created * The resulting image will be pushed to image stream tag "my-hello-image:devel" * A binary build was created, use 'start-build --from-dir' to trigger a new build --> Creating resources with label build=my-hello ... imagestream.image.openshift.io "my-hello-image" created buildconfig.build.openshift.io "my-hello" created --> Success
Then you need a
Dockerfile, you can use any of the previous
Dockerfile in the previous example, or any other one you may have around. In order to tell OpenShift to build the image, just
cd to the folder where the
Dockerfile is, and start build with the
oc start-build command, it will take any file in the current directory and output the build process to local terminal:
oc start-build my-hello --from-dir=./ -F
The image will appear in the Rahti registry console
and it will be visible to internet at
docker-registry.rahti.csc.fi/<project-name>/my-hello:devel for docker
For command line usage with docker compatible clients, the docker repository
password will be the access token shown when authorizing Rahti command line
session and user name can be
The Docker CLI tool login instructions are also shown in the Rahti registry console.
Using the Source to Image mechanism
OpenShift allows to build and deploy code without writing a
Dockerfile. This is called Source to Image or
s2i. For example, use the official python sample code:
$ oc new-app https://github.com/OpenShiftDemos/os-sample-python.git --> Found image 4e4d991 (2 weeks old) in image stream "openshift/python" under tag "3.8" for "python" Python 3.8 ---------- Python 3.8 available as container is a base platform for building and running various Python 3.8 applications and frameworks. Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. It has efficient high-level data structures and a simple but effective approach to object-oriented programming. Python's elegant syntax and dynamic typing, together with its interpreted nature, make it an ideal language for scripting and rapid application development in many areas on most platforms. Tags: builder, python, python38, python-38, rh-python38 * The source repository appears to match: python * A source build using source code from https://github.com/OpenShiftDemos/os-sample-python.git will be created * The resulting image will be pushed to image stream tag "os-sample-python:latest" * Use 'start-build' to trigger a new build * This image will be deployed in deployment config "os-sample-python" * Port 8080/tcp will be load balanced by service "os-sample-python" * Other containers can access this service through the hostname "os-sample-python" --> Creating resources ... imagestream.image.openshift.io "os-sample-python" created buildconfig.build.openshift.io "os-sample-python" created deploymentconfig.apps.openshift.io "os-sample-python" created service "os-sample-python" created --> Success Build scheduled, use 'oc logs -f bc/os-sample-python' to track its progress. Application is not exposed. You can expose services to the outside world by executing one or more of the commands below: 'oc expose svc/os-sample-python' Run 'oc status' to view your app.
The image will be found in Rahti's registry. Then do as suggested and expose the new application to the outside world:
$ oc expose svc/os-sample-python route.route.openshift.io/os-sample-python exposed
In order to get the new route hostname do:
oc get route os-sample-python
If you enter the hostname in a browser, you will see the "Hello World!" message.
A new build can be triggered in the command line:
oc start-build os-sample-python
Or using webhooks
Last edited Fri Aug 14 2020