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The dockership configuration is based on an INI-formatted config file.

Dockership will look at /etc/dockership/dockership.conf for this config file by default. The -config flag may be passed to the dockershipd or dockership binaries to use a custom config file location.


The config file syntax is based on git-config, with minor changes.

The file consists of sections and variables. A section begins with the name of the section in square brackets and continues until the next section begins. Section names are not case sensitive. Only alphanumeric characters, - and . are allowed in section names. Each variable must belong to some section, which means that there must be a section header before the first setting of a variable.

Sections can be further divided into subsections. To begin a subsection put its name in double quotes, separated by space from the section name, in the section header, like in the example below:

; Comment line
[section "subsection"]
name = value # Another comment
flag # implicit value for bool is true



A miscellaneous of configuration variables used across the whole tool.

  • GithubToken (mandatory): a Github personal access token used in every request to the Github API.

  • UseShortRevisions (default: true): if it is false all the images and containers will be defined using full length revision names, instead the short ones.

  • EtcdServer (multiple, optional): etcd server, needed for etcd variables at the Dockerfiles.


Configuration of the web server from dockershipd. This section is only required by dockershipd

Since the authentication is based on a registered Github Application, you should create it at Github. The Authorization callback URL must be filled with http://<server-addr>/oauth2callback, this URL should be accessible by anyone.

  • Listen (default: the TCP network address
  • GithubID (mandatory): the Client ID provided by Github
  • GithubSecret (mandatory): the Client Secret provided by Github
  • GithubOrganization (optional): only the members from this Github Organization are allowed to access.
  • GithubUser (multiple, optional): Github user allowed to access into Dockership
  • GithubRedirectURL (mandatory): the Authorization callback URL configured in Github


An environment is a logical group of any number of Docker servers. Dockership supports multiple environments. Each Environment is defined as a section with subsection: [Environment "production"]

  • DockerEndPoint (mandatory, multiple): Docker Remote API address, if dockership and Docker are running in the same host you can use unix:///var/run/docker.sock if not you should enable remote access at the docker daemon (with -H parameter) and use a TCP endpoint. (eg.: tcp://

  • Host (optional): The hostname that the machine will be exposed at. Reachable thorugh the DOCKERSHIP_HOST variable in Dockerfiles.

  • CertPath (optional): If you are running Docker with TLS support you must provide the path to your keys files, just like the DOCKER_CERT_PATH looks.

  • EtcdServer (multiple, optional): if none is configured the Global.EtcdServer will be used


Project section defines the configuration for every project to be deployed in the environments. The relation between repositories is one-to-one, so the repository should contain the Dockerfile and all the files needed to build the Docker image. The Project as Environment is defined as a section with subsection: [Project "disruptive-app"]

  • Repository (mandatory): Github repository SSH clone URL, the branch can be added to the end of the URL preceded of a ! (eg.:!master)
  • Dockerfile (default: Dockerfile): the path to the Dockerfile at the repository.
  • RelatedRepositories (optional, multiple): SSH clone URL to dependent repositories. (Link to more explanatory document)
  • History (default: 3): Number to old images you want to keep in each Docker server.
  • NoCache (optional): Avoid to use the Docker cache (like --no-cache at docker build)
  • Port (multiple, optional): container port to expose, format: <host-addr>:<host-port>:<container-port>/<proto> (like -p at docker run), additionaly the port can be configured just for one enviroment adding it to end of the port preceded by a @ (eg:
  • Restart (optional, default: no): restart policy to apply when a container exits (no, on-failure[:max-retry], always) (like --restart at docker run)
  • File (multiple, optional): files to be uploaded to the image along to the Dokerfile itself, you must specify here all files used on the Dokerfile with ADD
  • Link (multiple, optional): creates a Link to other project, when this project is deployed the linked projects are restarted (like -P at docker run)
  • Volume (multiple, optional): mounts a Data Volume Container (like -v at docker run)
  • VolumeFrom (multiple, optional): mounts a Data Volumes From a specified container (like --volumes-from at docker run)
  • GithubToken (default: Global.GithubToken): the token needed to access this repository, if it is different from the global one.
  • Environment (multiple, mandatory): Environment name where this project could be deployed
  • WebHook (optional): An HTTP address. See Extending Dockership for details.



rest-service project

REST webservice in Python running under a uwsgi+nginx on port 8080

This repository requires the python package domain, so we want to detect if the rest-service has pending changes to be deployed when the domain has new commits, even when the rest-service repository does not have new commits.

frontend project

An AngularJS frontend running on a nginx server, with a reverse_proxy pointing to the port 8080 at rest-service container, in the path /rest.

We want to expose the port 80 at the host server.

Config file

GithubToken = example-token

[Project "rest-service"]
Repository =
Environment = live
Environment = dev
File = /tmp/
RelatedRepository =

[Project "frontend"]
Repository =
Environment = live
Environment = dev
Port =
Link = rest-service:backend

[Environment "live"]
DockerEndPoint =
DockerEndPoint =

[Environment "dev"]
DockerEndPoint =