Getting started

In order to connect with the Docker service, make sure that

  1. Docker is installed on the remote machine;
  2. socat is installed and in the remote’s search path, if you are using the SSH tunnel;
  3. and the SSH user has access to the service.

(For details, refer to Installation and configuration).

Calls to the Remote API can be made by using docker_fabric(). This function uses Fabric’s usual SSH connection (creates a new one if necessary) and opens a separate channel for forwarding requests to the Docker Remote API.

Since this is merely a wrapper, all commands to docker-py are supported. Some additional functionality is provided by Docker-Map. However, instead of repeatedly passing in similar parameters (e.g. the service URL), settings can be preset globally for the project. Additionally, it provides a caching functionality for open tunnels and connections, which speeds up access to Docker significantly.

Short examples:

from dockerfabric.apiclient import docker_fabric

returns version information from the installed Docker service. This function is directly passed through to docker-py and formatted. The utility function:


removes all containers on the target Docker service that have exited.

For building images, use Docker-Map’s DockerFile for generating an environment, and run:

docker_fabric().build_from_file(dockerfile, 'new_image_tag:1.0', rm=True)