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domeize version v0.2.0 License MIT

domeize if forked from domeize and added some more function to meet needs for DomeOS.

Utility to simplify running applications in docker containers.

domeize is a utility to simplify running applications in docker containers. It allows you to generate application configuration files at container startup time from templates and container environment variables. It also allows log files to be tailed to stdout and/or stderr.

The typical use case for domeize is when you have an application that has one or more configuration files and you would like to control some of the values using environment variables.

For example, a Python application using Sqlalchemy might not be able to use environment variables directly. It may require that the database URL be read from a python settings file with a variable named SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI. domeize allows you to set an environment variable such as DATABASE_URL and update the python file when the container starts.

Another use case is when the application logs to specific files on the filesystem and not stdout or stderr. This makes it difficult to troubleshoot the container using the docker logs command. For example, nginx will log to /var/log/nginx/access.log and /var/log/nginx/error.log by default. While you can sometimes work around this, it's tedious to find the a solution for every application. domeize allows you to specify which logs files should be tailed and where they should be sent.

See A Simple Way To Dockerize Applications


Download the latest version in your container:

For Ubuntu Images:

RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y wget
RUN wget -O /usr/local/bin/domeize && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/domeize


domeize works by wrapping the call to your application using the ENTRYPOINT or CMD directives.

This would generate /etc/nginx/nginx.conf from the template located at /etc/nginx/nginx.tmpl and send /var/log/nginx/access.log to STDOUT and /var/log/nginx/error.log to STDERR after running nginx, only after waiting for the web host to respond on tcp 8000:

CMD domeize -template /etc/nginx/nginx.tmpl:/etc/nginx/nginx.conf -stdout /var/log/nginx/access.log -stderr /var/log/nginx/error.log -wait tcp://web:8000 nginx


  1. read from env NEED_PORTS to get a number n to allocate unused ports, and export AUTO_PORT0...AUTO_PORT(n-1) to env, then domeize can replace the var to config file. also need env var DOMEOS_SERVER_ADDR, CLUSTER_NAME, MY_POD_NAMESPACE, MY_POD_NAME to report the port info (AUTO_PORT0...) through DomeOS to kubenetes, then put to annotation of meta for pod info.
  2. env DOMEIZE_TEMPLATES to pass template file list, you can use /etc/nginx/nginx.tmpl:/etc/nginx/nginx.conf or /path/to/1.tmpl:/path/to/1.conf,/path/to/2.tmpl:/path/to/2.conf to replace too much -template parameter

Command-line Options

You can specify multiple templates by passing using -template multiple times:

$ domeize -template template1.tmpl:file1.cfg -template template2.tmpl:file3

Templates can be generated to STDOUT by not specifying a dest:

$ domeize -template template1.tmpl

You can tail multiple files to STDOUT and STDERR by passing the options multiple times.

$ domeize -stdout info.log -stdout perf.log

If inotify does not work in you container, you use -poll to poll for file changes instead.

$ domeize -stdout info.log -stdout perf.log -poll

If your file uses {{ and }} as part of it's syntax, you can change the template escape characters using the -delims.

$ domeize -delims "<%:%>"

Waiting for other dependencies

It is common when using tools like Docker Compose to depend on services in other linked containers, however oftentimes relying on links is not enough - whilst the container itself may have started, the service(s) within it may not yet be ready - resulting in shell script hacks to work around race conditions.

Dockerize gives you the ability to wait for services on a specified protocol (tcp, tcp4, tcp6, http, and https) before starting your application:

$ domeize -wait tcp://db:5432 -wait http://web:80

See this issue for a deeper discussion, and why support isn't and won't be available in the Docker ecosystem itself.

Using Templates

Templates use Golang text/template. You can access environment variables within a template with .Env.

{{ .Env.PATH }} is my path

There are a few built in functions as well:

  • default $var $default - Returns a default value for one that does not exist. {{ default .Env.VERSION "0.1.2" }}
  • contains $map $key - Returns true if a string is within another string
  • exists $path - Determines if a file path exists or not. {{ exists "/etc/default/myapp" }}
  • split $string $sep - Splits a string into an array using a separator string. Alias for strings.Split. {{ split .Env.PATH ":" }}
  • replace $string $old $new $count - Replaces all occurrences of a string within another string. Alias for strings.Replace. {{ replace .Env.PATH ":" }}
  • parseUrl $url - Parses a URL into it's protocol, scheme, host, etc. parts. Alias for url.Parse
  • atoi $value - Parses a string $value into an int. {{ if (gt (atoi .Env.NUM_THREADS) 1) }}
  • add $arg1 $arg - Performs integer addition. {{ add (atoi .Env.SHARD_NUM) -1 }}



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