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Docker command-line tool wrapper for Fabric.

Project Description

Docker-engine command-line tool wrapper for Fabric.

Can be used both in local and remote modes (via subprocess or ssh).

Method names and options try to use the same names as related docker-engine commands and options.

So, it is mainly a helper to write:, size=True)

instead of:

run('docker ps --all --size')

With some nice use cases:

# remove dangling images "<none>:<none>"

# remove images by some filter
images = [
    image['image id'] for image in docker.images()
    if image['tag'] != 'latest'


  • Docker (local or remote - depending the mode you use)
  • Fabric
  • pyyaml

Supported commands

Only limited set of commands and options are supported now:

  • cli - run arbitrary Docker command. i.e. docker.cli('ps -a')
  • images
  • ps
  • restart
  • rm
  • rmi
  • run - limited set of options
  • start
  • stop
  • version
  • none_images - helper method to get “dangling” images


pip install fabric-docker


Create instance to use locally with sudo:

import fabric_docker

docker = fabric_docker.DockerCli(local=True, use_sudo=True)
# any command can override this default settings by suppling
# "local" and "sudo" key-value arguments

List all local containers:

Remove latest container:


List remote images (override default local flag):

docker.images(no_truncate=True, local=False)

Run remote container:
    volume={'/host/dir': '/container/dir', '/host/dir2': '/container/dir2'},

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