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Panamax - Docker Management for Humans

Panamax is a containerized app creator with an open-source app marketplace hosted in GitHub. Panamax provides a friendly interface for users of Docker, Fleet & CoreOS. With Panamax, you can easily create, share, and deploy any containerized app no matter how complex it might be. Learn more at or browse the Panamax Wiki.

Panamax API

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The API behind The Panamax UI.

The Panamax API interacts with a number of APIs running on the local system to launch and gather information about applications:

Additional, external APIs are also used to do things like query the Docker Hub and collect usage metrics:


This repo is no longer being maintained. Users are welcome to fork it, but we make no warranty of its functionality.

Getting Started

If you're trying to install panamax as a complete package: Follow these instructions.

If you are a potential contributor or would like to install the API only, read on.


In its current form Panamax only works with CoreOS as the host system. The Panamax API application is meant to run inside a Docker container on a CoreOS host where it has visibility to the Docker, etcd, and systemd-journal-gatewayd APIs.

We recommend you use the Running CoreOS on Vagrant instructions to get CoreOS running on your local system in VirtualBox. Make sure you have VirtualBox, Vagrant and the CoreOS Vagrantfile installed before proceeding.

Check-out the Code

A typical development set-up for Panamax API will consist of your local machine (running whatever OS you choose), a VirtualBox VM running CoreOS and then a Docker container hosting the Panamax API application.

Ultimately, you need to get the panamax-api source code into the Docker container, and there are a number of ways to accomplish that:

  • git clone the source code directly into the Docker container
  • git clone the source code in the CoreOS host and then share it into the Docker container via volume mount
  • git clone the source code on the local system, share it into CoreOS via rsync or NFS, and then share it from CoreOS to the Docker container via volume mount.

While the third option is the most complicated it does give you the flexibility to use your usual editor/IDE on your local system while running the application itself in the Docker container. This is the option that we'll walk-through below.

Start by cloning the panamax-api repository:

git clone

Start CoreOS

  1. Update your Vagrantfile to share the panamax-api directory (the one cloned above) into the CoreOS VM. If you used the Vagrantfile provided in the CoreOS installation instructions you should find a sample synced_folder instruction that has been commented-out. Edit it to reflect the path to your panamax-api directory and un-comment it.

    config.vm.synced_folder "/Users/jdoe/panamax-api", "/home/core/panamax-api", id: "core", :nfs => true, :mount_options => ['nolock,vers=3,udp']

  2. Open a port so that you can reach the Panamax API from your local machine. Place the following line in your Vagrantfile (you can choose whatever port numbers you like). :forwarded_port, guest: 8888, host: 8888

  3. Start the CoreOS virtual machine. From the directory where your Vagrantfile is located do the following

    vagrant up && vagrant ssh

Start the Container

At this point you should find yourself at the CoreOS prompt.

  1. Start etcd, fleet and journal-gatewayd services. These three services are used by the Panamax API and need to be running in CoreOS.

    sudo systemctl start etcd sudo systemctl start fleet sudo systemctl start systemd-journal-gatewayd.socket

If you get tired of manually starting these services there are instructions in the CoreOS documentation for starting these services automatically via Cloud-Config.

  1. Pull the base docker images for running the panamax-api container.

    docker pull centurylink/panamax-ruby-base

  2. Start the container

    docker run -it
    -v /home/core/panamax-api:/var/app/panamax-api
    -v /run/docker.sock:/run/docker.sock
    -v /run/fleet.sock:/run/fleet.sock
    -p 8888:3000
    centurylink/panamax-ruby-base /bin/bash

The first -v argument bind mounts the panamax-api source directory into the container. The container path you use for the volume mount can be anything you choose (it's /var/app/panamax-api in the example above). Obviously, the host path must match the the directory in CoreOS where the code was shared.

The second and third -v arguments bind mount the Docker and fleet daemon's respective API sockets into the container. This is how the Panamax API is able to interact with the Docker and fleet daemon from inside the container.

The -p argument creates a mapping between port 3000 in the container (the default port used by the Rails application) and port 8888 on CoreOS (note that host port here needs to match the guest port specified by the mapping in the Vagrantfile). This gives us a network path from the local machine, through CoreOS, to the application running inside the panamax-api container.

The -e argument is used to inject the endpoint for the Journal API. The IP address used in this environment variable should match that of the docker0 network interfact in CoreOS. You should be able to use the value shown above as-is, but we've seen a few occasions where the docker0 interface is assigned a different address. You can check the address assigned to the docker0 interface by running ifconfig at the CoreOS prompt.

Start the Application

You should now be at a prompt inside the running container.

  1. Change to the directory containing the panamax-api source code

    cd /var/app/panamax-api

  2. Install the application's gem dependencies


  3. Set-up the SQLite database and load the sample templates

    rake db:create db:migrate db:seed rake panamax:templates:load

  4. Star the application

    rails server

If you used all the configuration values specified in these instructions, the Panamax API should now be accessible from your local machine on port 8888:

$ curl http://localhost:8888/local_images.json


Run the automated tests

rspec spec
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