docker buildx create

Create a new builder instance

Usage

docker buildx create [OPTIONS] [CONTEXT|ENDPOINT]

Description

Create makes a new builder instance pointing to a Docker context or endpoint, where context is the name of a context from docker context ls and endpoint is the address for Docker socket (eg. DOCKER_HOST value).

By default, the current Docker configuration is used for determining the context/endpoint value.

Builder instances are isolated environments where builds can be invoked. All Docker contexts also get the default builder instance.

Options

OptionDefaultDescription
--appendAppend a node to builder instead of changing it
--bootstrapBoot builder after creation
--buildkitd-flagsFlags for buildkitd daemon
--configBuildKit config file
--driverDriver to use (available: docker-container, kubernetes, remote)
--driver-optOptions for the driver
--leaveRemove a node from builder instead of changing it
--nameBuilder instance name
--nodeCreate/modify node with given name
--platformFixed platforms for current node
--useSet the current builder instance

Examples

Append a new node to an existing builder (--append)

The --append flag changes the action of the command to append a new node to an existing builder specified by --name. Buildx will choose an appropriate node for a build based on the platforms it supports.

$ docker buildx create mycontext1
eager_beaver

$ docker buildx create --name eager_beaver --append mycontext2
eager_beaver

Specify options for the buildkitd daemon (--buildkitd-flags)

--buildkitd-flags FLAGS

Adds flags when starting the buildkitd daemon. They take precedence over the configuration file specified by --config. See buildkitd --help for the available flags.

--buildkitd-flags '--debug --debugaddr 0.0.0.0:6666'

Specify a configuration file for the buildkitd daemon (--config)

--config FILE

Specifies the configuration file for the buildkitd daemon to use. The configuration can be overridden by --buildkitd-flags. See an example buildkitd configuration file.

If you don't specify a configuration file, Buildx looks for one by default in:

  • $BUILDX_CONFIG/buildkitd.default.toml
  • $DOCKER_CONFIG/buildx/buildkitd.default.toml
  • ~/.docker/buildx/buildkitd.default.toml

Note that if you create a docker-container builder and have specified certificates for registries in the buildkitd.toml configuration, the files will be copied into the container under /etc/buildkit/certs and configuration will be updated to reflect that.

Set the builder driver to use (--driver)

--driver DRIVER

Sets the builder driver to be used. A driver is a configuration of a BuildKit backend. Buildx supports the following drivers:

  • docker (default)
  • docker-container
  • kubernetes
  • remote

For more information about build drivers, see here.

docker driver

Uses the builder that is built into the Docker daemon. With this driver, the --load flag is implied by default on buildx build. However, building multi-platform images or exporting cache is not currently supported.

docker-container driver

Uses a BuildKit container that will be spawned via Docker. With this driver, both building multi-platform images and exporting cache are supported.

Unlike docker driver, built images will not automatically appear in docker images and build --load needs to be used to achieve that.

kubernetes driver

Uses Kubernetes pods. With this driver, you can spin up pods with defined BuildKit container image to build your images.

Unlike docker driver, built images will not automatically appear in docker images and build --load needs to be used to achieve that.

remote driver

Uses a remote instance of buildkitd over an arbitrary connection. With this driver, you manually create and manage instances of buildkit yourself, and configure buildx to point at it.

Unlike docker driver, built images will not automatically appear in docker images and build --load needs to be used to achieve that.

Set additional driver-specific options (--driver-opt)

--driver-opt OPTIONS

Passes additional driver-specific options. For information about available driver options, refer to the detailed documentation for the specific driver:

Remove a node from a builder (--leave)

The --leave flag changes the action of the command to remove a node from a builder. The builder needs to be specified with --name and node that is removed is set with --node.

$ docker buildx create --name mybuilder --node mybuilder0 --leave

Specify the name of the builder (--name)

--name NAME

The --name flag specifies the name of the builder to be created or modified. If none is specified, one will be automatically generated.

Specify the name of the node (--node)

--node NODE

The --node flag specifies the name of the node to be created or modified. If you don't specify a name, the node name defaults to the name of the builder it belongs to, with an index number suffix.

Set the platforms supported by the node (--platform)

--platform PLATFORMS

The --platform flag sets the platforms supported by the node. It expects a comma-separated list of platforms of the form OS/architecture/variant. The node will also automatically detect the platforms it supports, but manual values take priority over the detected ones and can be used when multiple nodes support building for the same platform.

$ docker buildx create --platform linux/amd64
$ docker buildx create --platform linux/arm64,linux/arm/v7

Automatically switch to the newly created builder (--use)

The --use flag automatically switches the current builder to the newly created one. Equivalent to running docker buildx use $(docker buildx create ...).