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Spiped is a utility for creating symmetrically encrypted and authenticated pipes between sockets.

GitHub repo: https://github.com/TimWolla/docker-spiped

Library reference

This content is imported from the official Docker Library docs, and is provided by the original uploader. You can view the Docker Store page for this repo at https://store.docker.com/images/spiped.

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

For detailed information about the published artifacts of each of the above supported tags (image metadata, transfer size, etc), please see the repos/spiped directory in the docker-library/repo-info GitHub repo.

For more information about this image and its history, please see the relevant manifest file (library/spiped). This image is updated via pull requests to the docker-library/official-images GitHub repo.


What is spiped?

Spiped (pronounced “ess-pipe-dee”) is a utility for creating symmetrically encrypted and authenticated pipes between socket addresses, so that one may connect to one address (e.g., a UNIX socket on localhost) and transparently have a connection established to another address (e.g., a UNIX socket on a different system). This is similar to ssh -L functionality, but does not use SSH and requires a pre-shared symmetric key.


How to use this image

This image automatically takes the key from the /spiped/key file (-k) and runs spiped in foreground (-F). Other than that it takes the same options spiped itself does. You can list the available flags by running the image without arguments:

$ docker run -it --rm spiped
usage: spiped {-e | -d} -s <source socket> -t <target socket> -k <key file>
    [-DFj] [-f | -g] [-n <max # connections>] [-o <connection timeout>]
    [-p <pidfile>] [-r <rtime> | -R]

For example running spiped to take encrypted connections on port 8025 and forward them to port 25 on localhost would look like this:

$ docker run -d -v /path/to/keyfile:/spiped/key:ro -p 8025:8025 --init spiped -d -s '[]:8025' -t '[]:25'

Usually you would combine this image with another linked container. The following example would take encrypted connections on port 9200 and forward them to port 9200 in the container with the name elasticsearch:

$ docker run -d -v /path/to/keyfile:/spiped/key:ro -p 9200:9200 --link elasticsearch:elasticsearch --init spiped -d -s '[]:9200' -t 'elasticsearch:9200'

If you don’t need any to bind to a privileged port you can pass --user spiped to make spiped run as an unprivileged user:

$ docker run -d -v /path/to/keyfile:/spiped/key:ro --user spiped -p 9200:9200 --link elasticsearch:elasticsearch --init spiped -d -s '[]:9200' -t 'elasticsearch:9200'

Generating a key

You can save a new keyfile named spiped-keyfile to the folder /path/to/keyfile/ by running:

$ docker run -it --rm -v /path/to/keyfile:/spiped/key spiped spiped-generate-key.sh

Afterwards transmit spiped-keyfile securely to another host (e.g. by using scp).

Image Variants

The spiped images come in many flavors, each designed for a specific use case.


This is the defacto image. If you are unsure about what your needs are, you probably want to use this one. It is designed to be used both as a throw away container (mount your source code and start the container to start your app), as well as the base to build other images off of.


This image is based on the popular Alpine Linux project, available in the alpine official image. Alpine Linux is much smaller than most distribution base images (~5MB), and thus leads to much slimmer images in general.

This variant is highly recommended when final image size being as small as possible is desired. The main caveat to note is that it does use musl libc instead of glibc and friends, so certain software might run into issues depending on the depth of their libc requirements. However, most software doesn’t have an issue with this, so this variant is usually a very safe choice. See this Hacker News comment thread for more discussion of the issues that might arise and some pro/con comparisons of using Alpine-based images.

To minimize image size, it’s uncommon for additional related tools (such as git or bash) to be included in Alpine-based images. Using this image as a base, add the things you need in your own Dockerfile (see the alpine image description for examples of how to install packages if you are unfamiliar).


View license information for the software contained in this image.

Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 17.04.0-ce.

Support for older versions (down to 1.6) is provided on a best-effort basis.

Please see the Docker installation documentation for details on how to upgrade your Docker daemon.

User Feedback


If you have any problems with or questions about this image, please contact us through a GitHub issue. If the issue is related to a CVE, please check for a cve-tracker issue on the official-images repository first.

You can also reach many of the official image maintainers via the #docker-library IRC channel on Freenode.


You are invited to contribute new features, fixes, or updates, large or small; we are always thrilled to receive pull requests, and do our best to process them as fast as we can.

Before you start to code, we recommend discussing your plans through a GitHub issue, especially for more ambitious contributions. This gives other contributors a chance to point you in the right direction, give you feedback on your design, and help you find out if someone else is working on the same thing.


Documentation for this image is stored in the spiped/ directory of the docker-library/docs GitHub repo. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the repository’s README.md file before attempting a pull request.

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