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Docker for iOS Development

Build and ship iOS apps with standard docker client. Just drop a Dockerfile into an XCode project and build+distribute using docker containers.

Getting Started


  • OSX (tested with 10.10.3)
  • XCode (tested with 6.3.2)
  • Node.js (tested with 0.10.32)
  • ios-sim (npm install -g ios-sim)

Then drop a Dockerfile into your iOS app directory:

Example Dockerfile

FROM Xcode:7.0
COPY . /
RUN xcodebuild
HYDRATE /build/Debug-iphonesimulator/

The HYDRATE command instructs the docker builder to transform raw bits into a new docker image as an artifact. The architecture is assumed to be iphonesimulator plaform right now. Hence, docker build will output two images:

REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED                  VIRTUAL SIZE
test-build          latest              9240d3d01481        Less than a second ago   8.884 MB
test                latest              dd5a93fcf2ad        Less than a second ago   8.215 MB

test-build contains the full build directory from the OSX platform. test contains just the ios container (app). you can then docker run the test image to invoke th simulator


Start up the Daemon

npm install
npm start
export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://localhost:3000

build & run your apps from CLI:

docker build -t=test .
docker run test


Running Tests

npm install 
npm test

Running Sample Project

cd sample
docker build -t=sample-ios-app .
<buid output....>
docker images
<image list>
docker run <image_name>


  • Complete the REST API
  • Registery/store implementations
  • docker-compose and docker-machine support
  • Android development


Build, ship and run iOS apps like docker containers



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