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Composable Docker Management

Shipyard enables multi-host, Docker cluster management. It uses the Citadel toolkit for cluster resourcing and scheduling. Shipyard has been dramatically simiplified and only requires access to the Docker Remote API and a RethinkDB instance.

Quick Start

Shipyard Deploy

Shipyard Deploy will automatically start a Shipyard stack on a desired Docker Engine.

docker run --rm -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock shipyard/deploy start


  • Start a data volume instance of RethinkDB:
docker run -it -d --name shipyard-rethinkdb-data \
  --entrypoint /bin/bash shipyard/rethinkdb -l
  • Start RethinkDB with using the data volume container:
docker run -it -d --name shipyard-rethinkdb \
  --volumes-from shipyard-rethinkdb-data shipyard/rethinkdb
  • Start the Shipyard controller:
docker run -it -p 8080:8080 -d --name shipyard \
  --link shipyard-rethinkdb:rethinkdb shipyard/shipyard

You can then use the Shipyard CLI to interact:

  • docker run --rm -it shipyard/shipyard-cli

This will drop you into a shell with the Shipyard executable. Use shipyard login to login to the Shipyard instance. Use shipyard add-engine to add an engine and get started. See the docs for more information.

Use shipyard help to see full options.


Full docs are available at


There are four components to Shipyard:


The Shipyard controller talks to a RethinkDB instance for data storage (user accounts, engine addresses, events, etc). It also serves the API and web interface (see below). The controller uses Citadel to communicate to each host and handle cluster events.


Everything in Shipyard is built around the Shipyard API. It enables actions such as starting, stopping and inspecting containers, adding and removing engines and more. It is a very simple RESTful JSON based API.


The Shipyard CLI is a Docker inspired command line interface to a Shipyard cluster. It has been built from the ground up to support every feature that Shipyard offers.


The Shipyard UI is a web interface to the Shipyard cluster. It uses the Shipyard API for all interaction. It is an AngularJS app that is served via the Controller.



To get a development environment you will need:

  • Go 1.3+
  • Node.js: (npm for bower to build the Angular frontend)

Run the following:

  • install Godep: go get
  • cd into the controller directory and run make deps to get the Go dependencies
  • run npm install -g bower to install bower
  • cd into the static directory and run bower install
  • run make build to build the binary
  • run ./controller -h for options


For CLI hacking you will need:

  • Go 1.3+

Run the following:

  • install Godep: go get
  • run make deps to get the Go dependencies
  • run make build to build the binary
  • run ./cli -h for options


Shipyard is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. See LICENSE for full license text.

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