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Dockerfile to create a Docker container image for Apt-Cacher NG.

Apt-Cacher NG is a caching proxy, specialized for package files from Linux distributors, primarily for Debian (and Debian based) distributions but not limited to those.


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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


Automated builds of the image are available on Dockerhub and is the recommended method of installation.

Note: Builds are also available on

docker pull sameersbn/apt-cacher-ng:3.1-3

Alternatively you can build the image yourself.

docker build -t sameersbn/apt-cacher-ng


Start Apt-Cacher NG using:

docker run --name apt-cacher-ng --init -d --restart=always \
  --publish 3142:3142 \
  --volume /srv/docker/apt-cacher-ng:/var/cache/apt-cacher-ng \

Alternatively, you can use the sample docker-compose.yml file to start the container using Docker Compose

Command-line arguments

You can customize the launch command of Apt-Cacher NG server by specifying arguments to apt-cacher-ng on the docker run command. For example the following command prints the help menu of apt-cacher-ng command:

docker run --name apt-cacher-ng --init -it --rm \
  --publish 3142:3142 \
  --volume /srv/docker/apt-cacher-ng:/var/cache/apt-cacher-ng \
  sameersbn/apt-cacher-ng:3.1-3 -h


For the cache to preserve its state across container shutdown and startup you should mount a volume at /var/cache/apt-cacher-ng.

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/apt-cacher-ng
chcon -Rt svirt_sandbox_file_t /srv/docker/apt-cacher-ng

Docker Compose

To run Apt-Cacher NG with Docker Compose, create the following docker-compose.yml file

version: '3'

    image: sameersbn/apt-cacher-ng
    container_name: apt-cacher-ng
      - "3142:3142"
      - apt-cacher-ng:/var/cache/apt-cacher-ng
    restart: always


The Apt-Cache NG service can then be started in the background with:

docker-compose up -d


To start using Apt-Cacher NG on your Debian (and Debian based) host, create the configuration file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01proxy with the following content:

Acquire::HTTP::Proxy "";
Acquire::HTTPS::Proxy "false";

Similarly, to use Apt-Cacher NG in you Docker containers add the following line to your Dockerfile before any apt-get commands.

RUN echo 'Acquire::HTTP::Proxy "";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01proxy \
 && echo 'Acquire::HTTPS::Proxy "false";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01proxy


To access the Apt-Cacher NG logs, located at /var/log/apt-cacher-ng, you can use docker exec. For example, if you want to tail the logs:

docker exec -it apt-cacher-ng tail -f /var/log/apt-cacher-ng/apt-cacher.log


Cache expiry

Using the Command-line arguments feature, you can specify the -e argument to initiate Apt-Cacher NG's cache expiry maintenance task.

docker run --name apt-cacher-ng --init -it --rm \
  --publish 3142:3142 \
  --volume /srv/docker/apt-cacher-ng:/var/cache/apt-cacher-ng \
  sameersbn/apt-cacher-ng:3.1-3 -e

The same can also be achieved on a running instance by visiting the url http://localhost:3142/acng-report.html in the web browser and selecting the Start Scan and/or Expiration option.


To upgrade to newer releases:

  1. Download the updated Docker image:
docker pull sameersbn/apt-cacher-ng:3.1-3
  1. Stop the currently running image:
docker stop apt-cacher-ng
  1. Remove the stopped container
docker rm -v apt-cacher-ng
  1. Start the updated image
docker run --name apt-cacher-ng --init -d \

Shell Access

For debugging and maintenance purposes you may want access the containers shell. If you are using Docker version 1.3.0 or higher you can access a running containers shell by starting bash using docker exec:

docker exec -it apt-cacher-ng bash
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