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This is a clone of sameersbn's excellent gitlab-ci-multirunner, but with additional binaries included to allow building of Docker containers from gitlab-ci.

I use this with my Gitlab-CI to build containers for my continuous integration pipeline. For additional information see gitlab-ci-multi-runner and my blog post.


Before reporting your issue please try updating Docker to the latest version and check if it resolves the issue. Refer to the Docker installation guide for instructions.

SELinux users should try disabling SELinux using the command setenforce 0 to see if it resolves the issue.

If the above recommendations do not help then report your issue along with the following information:

  • Output of the docker version and docker info commands
  • The docker run command or docker-compose.yml used to start the image. Mask out the sensitive bits.
  • Please state if you are using Boot2Docker, VirtualBox, etc.

Getting started


A finished image of this is available on Dockerhub and is the recommended method of installation.

docker pull mitchese/gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker:latest

Alternatively you can build the image yourself.

docker build -t mitchese/gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker


Before a runner can process your CI jobs, it needs to be authorized to access the the GitLab CI server. The CI_SERVER_URL, RUNNER_TOKEN, RUNNER_DESCRIPTION and RUNNER_EXECUTOR environment variables are used to register the runner on GitLab CI.

docker run --name gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker -d --restart=always \
  --volume /srv/docker/gitlab-runner:/home/gitlab_ci_multi_runner/data \
  --env='CI_SERVER_URL=' --env='RUNNER_TOKEN=xxxxxxxxx' \
  --env='RUNNER_DESCRIPTION=dockerrunner' --env='RUNNER_EXECUTOR=shell' \

Update the values of CI_SERVER_URL, RUNNER_TOKEN and RUNNER_DESCRIPTION in the above command. If these enviroment variables are not specified, you will be prompted to enter these details interactively on first run.

Command-line arguments

You can customize the launch command by specifying arguments to gitlab-ci-multi-runner on the docker run command. For example the following command prints the help menu of gitlab-ci-multi-runner command:

docker run --name gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker -it --rm \
  --volume /srv/docker/gitlab-runner:/home/gitlab_ci_multi_runner/data \
  mitchese/gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker:latest --help


For the image to preserve its state across container shutdown and startup you should mount a volume at /home/gitlab_ci_multi_runner/data.

The Quickstart command already mounts a volume for persistence.

SELinux users should update the security context of the host mountpoint so that it plays nicely with Docker:

mkdir -p /srv/docker/gitlab-runner
chcon -Rt svirt_sandbox_file_t /srv/docker/gitlab-runner

Deploy Keys

At first run the image automatically generates SSH deploy keys which are installed at /home/gitlab_ci_multi_runner/data/.ssh of the persistent data store. You can replace these keys with your own if you wish to do so.

You can use these keys to allow the runner to gain access to your private git repositories over the SSH protocol.


  • The deploy keys are generated without a passphrase.
  • If your CI jobs clone repositories over SSH, you will need to build the ssh known hosts file which can be done in the build steps using, for example, ssh-keyscan | sort -u - ~/.ssh/known_hosts -o ~/.ssh/known_hosts.

Trusting SSL Server Certificates

If your GitLab server is using self-signed SSL certificates then you should make sure the GitLab server's SSL certificate is trusted on the runner for the git clone operations to work.

The runner is configured to look for trusted SSL certificates at /home/gitlab_ci_multi_runner/data/certs/ca.crt. This path can be changed using the CA_CERTIFICATES_PATH enviroment variable.

Create a file named ca.crt in a certs folder at the root of your persistent data volume. The ca.crt file should contain the root certificates of all the servers you want to trust.

With respect to GitLab, append the contents of the gitlab.crt file to ca.crt. For more information on the gitlab.crt file please refer the README of the docker-gitlab container.

Similarly you should also trust the SSL certificate of the GitLab CI server by appending the contents of the gitlab-ci.crt file to ca.crt.



To upgrade to newer releases:

  1. Download the updated Docker image:
docker pull mitchese/gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker:latest
  1. Stop the currently running image:
docker stop gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker
  1. Remove the stopped container
docker rm -v gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker
  1. Start the updated image
docker run -name gitlab-ci-multi-runner-docker -d \


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