Docker BOSH Release
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Bosh release for Docker

One of the fastest ways to get Docker and orchestrate containers with persistent data on any infrastructure is to deploy this BOSH release.


This is not presently a production ready Docker BOSH release. This is a work in progress. It is suitable for experimentation and may not become supported in the future.


Upload the BOSH release

To use this BOSH release, first upload it to your BOSH:

bosh target BOSH_HOST
git clone
cd docker-boshrelease
bosh upload release releases/docker/docker-23.yml

Create a BOSH deployment manifest

There are 3 deployment scenarios for this BOSH release:

  • Deploy statically defined Docker containers: see for deployment instructions.
  • Deploy a Docker Service Broker for your Cloud Foundry deployment: see for deployment instructions.
  • Deploy a Docker Swarm cluster: see for deployment instructions.

Deploy using the BOSH deployment manifest

Using the previous created deployment manifest, now we can deploy it:

bosh deployment path/to/deployment.yml
bosh -n deploy


Proxy support

If your vms require a proxy in order to get internet access to fetch the Docker images, you can set the proxy URIs using the env.http_proxy, env.https_proxy and env.no_proxy properties at your deployment manifest.

DNS issues

One of the most frequent problems when deploying this BOSH release is that Docker is unable to fetch images from the Docker Hub Registry. This usually happens when the first DNS nameserver specified at the /etc/resolv.conf file in the VM is unable to resolve the hostname. In order to fix this issue the first DNS nameserver must be able to resolve external hostnames. Usually the first DNS nameserver is the microBOSH PowerDNS IP address, so in order to fix this you must re-deploy microBOSH setting a PowerDNS recursor. This can be done updating the micro_bosh.yml file with:


Cloud Foundry Security Groups

Another issue may be that applications cannot connect to your Docker-based services and raise connection errors. The cause of this may be the new Cloud Foundry Security Groups. It is possible that the default security groups prevent access to the same network range that includes your Docker VM.

Fix the security groups when deploying Cloud Foundry itself via BOSH. Alternately, a quick and dirty solution if testing this BOSH release for the first time is to create an everything security group and bind it only to the space you are using now.

Create a temporary file everything.json:

    "destination": "",
    "protocol": "all"

Register the new security group, as an admin user:

cf create-security-group everything everything.json

Bind the security group to your current org/space:

cf bind-security-group everything ORG SPACE


In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.

Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • by using alpha, beta, and prerelease versions
  • by reporting bugs
  • by suggesting new features
  • by writing or editing documentation
  • by writing specifications
  • by writing code (no patch is too small: fix typos, add comments, clean up inconsistent whitespace)
  • by refactoring code
  • by closing issues
  • by reviewing patches

Submitting an Issue

We use the GitHub issue tracker to track bugs and features. Before submitting a bug report or feature request, check to make sure it hasn't already been submitted. You can indicate support for an existing issue by voting it up. When submitting a bug report, please include a Gist that includes a stack trace and any details that may be necessary to reproduce the bug, including your gem version, Ruby version, and operating system. Ideally, a bug report should include a pull request with failing specs.

Submitting a Pull Request

  1. Fork the project.
  2. Create a topic branch.
  3. Implement your feature or bug fix.
  4. Commit and push your changes.
  5. Submit a pull request.

Create new release

Creating a development release

If you need to create a new development release, you will need to run the ./update command first to download the submodule bits.

Also, you will need Ruby 2+ and bundler installed at your workstation in order to bundle all required gems and compile the assets.

Creating a final release

If you need to create a new final release, you will need to get read/write API credentials to the @cloudfoundry-community s3 account.

Please email Dr Nic Williams and he will create unique API credentials for you.

Create a config/private.yml file with the following contents:

    access_key_id:     ACCESS
    secret_access_key: PRIVATE

You can now create final releases for everyone to enjoy!

bosh create release
# test this dev release
git commit -m "updated docker"
bosh create release --final
git commit -m "creating vXYZ release"
git tag vXYZ
git push origin master --tags


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