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Aruba Cloud Driver for Docker Machine

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The Aruba Cloud Driver is a plugin for Docker Machine which allows you to automate the provisioning of Docker hosts on Aruba Cloud Servers. The plugin is based on the Go Aruba Cloud SDK and Cloud API.

To acquire Aruba Cloud Cloud API credentials visit


Windows and Mac OS X users may install Docker Toolbox package that includes the latest version of the Docker Machine.


From a Release

The latest version of the docker-machine-driver-arubacloud binary is available on the GithHub Releases page. Download the tar archive and extract it into a directory residing in your PATH. Select the binary that corresponds to your OS and according to the file name prefix:

  • Linux: docker-machine-driver-arubacloud-linux
  • Windows: docker-machine-driver-arubacloud-windows

To extract and install the binary, Linux and Mac users can use the Terminal and the following commands:

sudo tar -C /usr/local/bin -xvzf docker-machine-driver-arubacloud*.tar.gz

If required, modify the permissions to make the plugin executable:

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-arubacloud

Windows users may run the above commands without sudo in Docker Quickstart Terminal that is installed with Docker Toolbox.

Otherwise Windows users can extract the zip manually and add the plugin folder to the PATH environment variable.

From Source

Make sure you have installed Go and configured GOPATH properly.

To download the repository and build the driver run the following:

go get -d -u
cd $GOPATH/src/
make build

To use the driver run:

make install

This command will install the driver into /usr/local/bin.

Otherwise, set your PATH environment variable correctly. For example:

export PATH=$GOPATH/src/$PATH

If you are running Windows, you may also need to install GNU Make, Bash shell and a few other Bash utilities available with Cygwin.


You may want to refer to the Docker Machine official documentation before using the driver.

Verify that Docker Machine can see the Aruba Cloud driver:

docker-machine create -d arubacloud --help

Available Options

  • --ac_username: Aruba Cloud username.
  • --ac_password: Aruba Cloud password.
  • --ac_admin_password: Virtual machine admin password.
  • --ac_endpoint: Aruba Cloud Data Center (dc1,dc2,dc3,etc.).
  • --ac_template: Virtual machine template.
  • --ac_size: Size of the virtual machine.
  • --ac_action: Type of action.
  • --ac_ip: Specify an IP already purchased on Aruba Cloud (Valid only if ac_action="NewPro").
  • --ac_ssh_key: Path of private key file. (Both private and public key must be in the same folder).
CLI Option Default Value Environment Variable Required
--ac_username AC_USERNAME yes
--ac_password AC_PASSWORD yes
--ac_admin_password AC_ADMIN_PASSWORD yes
--ac_endpoint dc1 AC_ENDPOINT yes
--ac_template ubuntu1604_x64_1_0 AC_TEMPLATE yes
--ac_size Large AC_SIZE yes
--ac_action NewSmart AC_ACTION yes
--ac_ip AC_IP no

Valid values for --ac_size are Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large.

####Size mapping for Pro machines

Size CPU Ram (GB) Disk Size (GB)
Small 1 1 20
Medium 1 2 40
Large 2 4 80
Extra Large 4 8 160

Valid values for --ac_action are NewSmart, NewPro, Attach.

Available parameters for --ac_endpoint are shown in the next table.

Parameter Data Center Location
dc1 Italy 1
dc2 Italy 2
dc3 Czech republic
dc4 France
dc5 Deutschland
dc6 United Kingdom
dc7 Italy 3
dc8 Poland

Supported values for --ac_template are listed below.

Parameter OS
debian8_x64_1_0 Debian 8 64bit
ubuntu1604_x64_1_0 Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS 64bit
centos7_x64_1_0 CentOS 7.x 64bit


Create using defaults:

docker-machine create --driver arubacloud \
 --ac_username		              "ARU-XXXX" \
 --ac_password			          "xxxxxxx" \
 --ac_admin_password		      "yyyyyyyy" \ 

Create a Smart machine specifying template, endpoint and size:

docker-machine create --driver arubacloud \
 --ac_username		              "ARU-XXXX" \
 --ac_password			          "xxxxxxx" \
 --ac_endpoint			          "dc1" \
 --ac_template	                  "ubuntu1404_x64_1_0" \
 --ac_size				          "Large" \
 --ac_admin_password		      "yyyyyyyy" \ 
 --ac_action		      		  "NewSmart" \ 

Create a Pro machine specifying template, endpoint and size:

If you don't specify an IP Address a new one will be automatically purchased.

docker-machine create --driver arubacloud \
 --ac_username		              "ARU-XXXX" \
 --ac_password			          "xxxxxxx" \
 --ac_endpoint			          "dc1" \
 --ac_template	                  "ubuntu1404_x64_1_0" \
 --ac_size				          "Large" \
 --ac_admin_password		      "yyyyyyyy" \ 
 --ac_action		      		  "NewPro" \ 

Create a Pro machine specifying template, endpoint, size and IPAddress:

docker-machine create --driver arubacloud \
 --ac_username		              "ARU-XXXX" \
 --ac_password			          "xxxxxxx" \
 --ac_endpoint			          "dc1" \
 --ac_template	                  "ubuntu1404_x64_1_0" \
 --ac_size				          "Large" \
 --ac_admin_password		      "yyyyyyyy" \ 
 --ac_action		      		  "NewPro" \ 
 --ac_ip		      			  "xx.xx.xx.xx" \ 

Attach to an existing machine:


  • In order to attach to an existing machine, this machine must have been created with an SSH key.
  • You must put private and public key in the same folder on the machine where docker-machine commands will be launched, and pass this folder as an argument (Eg. --ac_ssh_key="private_key_path").
  • The name of the machine must be the same that is visible on Aruba Cloud Dashboard
docker-machine create --driver arubacloud \
 --ac_username		              "ARU-XXXX" \
 --ac_password			          "xxxxxxx" \
 --ac_endpoint			          "dc1" \
 --ac_action		      		  "Attach" \ 
 --ac_ip		      			  "xx.xx.xx.xx" \ 
 --ac_ssh_key 					  "private_key_path" \

####View instances

Go to Aruba Cloud dashboard to view machine instances. Dashboard url is different depending on the selected endpoint:


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####View instance list

docker-machine ls
MyDockerHostName   	*        	arubacloud   Running    tcp://             	v1.10.0   
default   			-       	arubacloud   Running    tcp://             	v1.10.0   

Get the IP address

docker-machine ip MyDockerHostName  

Verify Docker Engine

Verify Docker Engine is installed correctly by running docker commands.

Start with something basic like docker run hello-world, or for a more interesting test, run a Dockerized webserver on your new remote machine.

In this example, the -p option is used to expose port 80 from the nginx container and make it accessible on port 8000 of the host.

$ docker run -d -p 8000:80 --name webserver kitematic/hello-world-nginx
 Unable to find image 'kitematic/hello-world-nginx:latest' locally
 latest: Pulling from kitematic/hello-world-nginx
 a285d7f063ea: Pull complete
 2d7baf27389b: Pull complete
 Digest: sha256:ec0ca6dcb034916784c988b4f2432716e2e92b995ac606e080c7a54b52b87066
 Status: Downloaded newer image for kitematic/hello-world-nginx:latest

In a web browser, go to http://<host_ip>:8000 to bring up the webserver home page. You got the <host_ip> from the output of the docker-machine ip command you ran in a previous step. Use the port you exposed in the docker run command.

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Stop and remove an instance

docker-machine stop MyDockerHostName
docker-machine rm MyDockerHostName  
About to remove MyDockerHostName
WARNING: This action will delete both local reference and remote instance.
Are you sure? (y/n): y
Successfully removed MyDockerHostName


This code is released under the Apache 2.0 License.

Copyright (c) 2017 Aruba Cloud