Podman Compose support in Microcks

Podman Compose support in Microcks
Nicolas Massรฉ (@nmasse_itix )
Open Source geek - on Feb 26, 2021

While Docker is still the #1 option for software packaging and installation on the developer laptop, Podman is gaining traction. Podman advertises itself as a drop-in replacement for Docker. Just put alias podman=docker and you would be good to go, they said ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whilst the reality is a bit more nuanced, we made the necessary adjustment to make it as simple. Today it is a pleasure to contribute back this adaptation to the Microcks community! It will allow Podman early and happy adopters - like me - to run Microcks on their laptop in the safest way.


Starting as of version 1.2.0 of Microcks, we thus announce the Podman Compose support for quickly getting started with Microcks on your laptop. We still recommend using Kubernetes โ˜ธ๏ธ for serious use-cases ๐Ÿ˜‰

Give it a try!

As explained in the Installing with podman-compose doc, you should first ensure that you have Podman and Podman Compose packages installed.

Then it’s just a matter of cloning the repository, navigating to correct folder and running our supporting script that runs Podman in rootless mode:

$ git clone https://github.com/microcks/microcks.git
$ cd microcks/install/podman-compose
$ ./run-microcks.sh
Running rootless containers...
Discovered host IP address:

Starting Microcks using podman-compose ...
Stop it with:  podman-compose -f microcks.yml --transform_policy=identity stop
Re-launch it with:  podman-compose -f microcks.yml --transform_policy=identity start
Clean everything with:  podman-compose -f microcks.yml --transform_policy=identity down
Go to https://localhost:8080 - first login with admin/123
Having issues? Check you have changed microcks.yml to your platform

using podman version: podman version 2.1.1
podman run [...]

๐ŸŽ‰ This will start the required containers and setup an simple environment for your usage.

Open a new browser tab and point to the http://localhost:8080 endpoint. This will redirect you to the Keycloak Single Sign On page for login. Use the following default credentials (admin/123) to login into the application and start using Microcks.

Want to see what’s running? Check the running containers with:

$ podman ps
CONTAINER ID  IMAGE                                             COMMAND               CREATED         STATUS             PORTS                     NAMES
68faf7825db1  quay.io/microcks/microcks:latest                                        8 seconds ago   Up 7 seconds ago>8080/tcp    microcks
71af3326ba9d  docker.io/jboss/keycloak:10.0.1                   -b -Dkeyc...  9 seconds ago   Up 9 seconds ago>8080/tcp    microcks-keycloak
5f5ee84c76fd  quay.io/microcks/microcks-postman-runtime:latest  node app.js           10 seconds ago  Up 10 seconds ago>3000/tcp    microcks-postman-runtime
d2e8d1066c48  docker.io/library/mongo:3.4.23                    mongod                11 seconds ago  Up 11 seconds ago>27017/tcp  microcks-mongo

Want to have more?

Podman adopt a very different architecture from Docker: it involves no daemon at all and can run as root (rootfull mode) or as a regular user (rootless mode).

While the rootless mode looks very appealing it does not come as a free lunch and involves some network or file system restrictions. For the Podman support in Microcks, we aimed to support both rootless and rootfull mode and instructions to run in rootfull mode are also available.

If your a Podman user and hapy with it (or if you struggle making it working ๐Ÿ˜‰) come and say hi! on our Zulip chat ๐Ÿ™

comments powered by Disqus