Rules for building and handling Docker images with Bazel (by bazelbuild)

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  • Does google use rules_docker internally?
    1 project | | 21 Mar 2022
    I've seen rules_docker is looking for maintainers here ; Does this mean it doesn't use it that much internally? If so, how do they go about using other services e.g docker-compose for running external services e.g database?
  • Speed boost achievement unlocked on Docker Desktop 4.6 for Mac
    9 projects | | 16 Mar 2022
    Did you mean this one?

    I was very interested in this Bazel-based way of building containers but its README page says "it is on minimal life support," which does not inspire confidence. How's your experience using it?

  • Build images within another Docker container
    4 projects | | 4 Oct 2021
    As others have said docker in docker or a separate build server are your best options using docker. You can also use Bazel (which doesn't require the docker daemon) to build docker images which will build deterministic images every time due to not incorporating the timestamp:
  • Evolution of code deployment tools at Mixpanel
    3 projects | | 12 Jun 2021
    There's some BazelCon talks about people doing similar stuff but not actually open sourcing their code.

    P.S. if you use rules_docker please feel free to open a PR to add your company to our README:

  • Is Docker Dead in the Water?
    4 projects | | 7 May 2021
    The docker utility isn't the only way to build and run containers. There's also cri-o, podman, and crun among others for running containers. For building there is podman again, Jib for Java applications, and bazel plus many others. The docker approach of using a client to connect to a daemon required to run as root has turned out to be slow and insecure.
  • Buildpacks vs. Dockerfiles
    7 projects | | 8 Feb 2021
    During the last 3 years I've had the pleasure of using Bazel's rules_docker to generate all my container images (

    In a nutshell, rules_docker is a set of build rules for the Bazel build system ( What's pretty nice about these rules is that they don't rely on a Docker daemon. They are rules that directly construct image tarballs that you can either load into your local Docker daemon or push to a registry.

    What's nice about this approach is that image generation works on any operating system. For example, even on a Mac or Windows system that doesn't have Docker installed, you're able to build Linux containers. They are also fully reproducible, meaning that you often don't need to upload layers when pushing (either because they haven't changed, or because some colleague/CI job already pushed those layers).

    I guess rules_docker works fine for a variety of programming languages. I've mainly used it with Go, though.


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