Can I run docker in docker?

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I'm working on a CI /CD jenkins pipeline I have specified a docker container as an agent to run my commands and  one of my commands, in the Build stage, is a Docker command (for building an image), and in this case I need to run a Docker command within a Docker container. How can i do it?

Jul 5 in Docker by Namik
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If you want to use Docker in Docker, that is nested Docker instances that are completely encapsulated from each other. You can do this with the DinD (Docker in Docker) tag of the docker image, as follows:

docker run --privileged -d docker:dind

The main trick is to have the --privileged flag. Then, there are a few things to care about:

  • cgroups pseudo-filesystems have to be mounted, and they have to be mounted with the same hierarchies than the parent environment; this is done by a wrapper script, which is setup to run by default;

  • /var/lib/docker cannot be on AUFS, so we make it a volume.

That's it.

Note: --privileged is required for Docker-in-Docker to function properly, but it should be used with care as it provides full access to the host environment

answered Jul 5 by Sirajul
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