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Latest commit 4278ba3 @donhcd donhcd Merge pull request #71 from donhcd/stats
add docker stats (new in docker1.5)

Docker client library in Go


Well maintained docker client library.

How to use it?

Here is an example showing how to use it:

package main

import (

// Callback used to listen to Docker's events
func eventCallback(event *dockerclient.Event, ec chan error, args ...interface{}) {
    log.Printf("Received event: %#v\n", *event)

func main() {
    // Init the client
    docker, _ := dockerclient.NewDockerClient("unix:///var/run/docker.sock", nil)

    // Get only running containers
    containers, err := docker.ListContainers(false, false, "")
    if err != nil {
    for _, c := range containers {
        log.Println(c.Id, c.Names)

    // Inspect the first container returned
    if len(containers) > 0 {
        id := containers[0].Id
        info, _ := docker.InspectContainer(id)

    // Build a docker image
    // some.tar contains the build context (Dockerfile any any files it needs to add/copy)
    dockerBuildContext, err := os.Open("some.tar")
    defer dockerBuildContext.Close()
    buildImageConfig := &dockerclient.BuildImage{
            Context:        dockerBuildContext,
            RepoName:       "your_image_name",
            SuppressOutput: false,
    reader, err := docker.BuildImage(buildImageConfig)
    if err != nil {

    // Create a container
    containerConfig := &dockerclient.ContainerConfig{
        Image: "ubuntu:14.04",
        Cmd:   []string{"bash"},
        AttachStdin: true,
        Tty:   true}
    containerId, err := docker.CreateContainer(containerConfig, "foobar", nil)
    if err != nil {

    // Start the container
    hostConfig := &dockerclient.HostConfig{}
    err = docker.StartContainer(containerId, hostConfig)
    if err != nil {

    // Stop the container (with 5 seconds timeout)
    docker.StopContainer(containerId, 5)

    // Listen to events
    docker.StartMonitorEvents(eventCallback, nil)

    // Hold the execution to look at the events coming
    time.Sleep(3600 * time.Second)


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