Building Multi-Arch Docker Images on Gitlab.com

If you’re like me, you develop a lot of things to test on Raspberry Pis (ARM) and then deploy to production on AMD64 processors. This is all well and good, if you don’t mind spending time re-building the containers on each architecture, but I do mind. I want to write code, not deal with the back-end non-sense.

I’m a big fan of Gitlab’s CI/CD platform, so I figured there should be a good way to use it to get me to my goals. It turns out, it was pretty simple.

In the end, we’ll be able to commit some code and Gitlab will build the Docker containers then push them to Docker Hub.

First, you’ll need to log in to Docker Hub and create an Access Token Username -> Account Settings -> Security. While you’re here, go ahead and create a repository for your docker images. You’ll need the repo name later.

Now head over to your repository on gitlab.com and add your Username and Access Key as Variables Settings -> CI/CD -> Variables. You’ll want to create two variables with the following key:value pairs. I flagged my variables as Protected and Masked so they wouldn’t show up in my CI/CD logs.

Value: youruserhere

Value: youraccesstokenhere

Now you’ll want to create a .gitlab-ci.yml file in your project and fill it in with the code below. The only thing you’ll need to change is the very last line where you will want to replace repo-name with the name of your Docker Hub Repository. Commit and Push the new .gitlab-ci.yml file and in a few minutes you should see your Docker images in Docker Hub.

  - buildx
  - docker

  image: docker:git
  stage: buildx
    GIT_STRATEGY: none
      - buildx
    expire_in: 1 hour
    - docker:dind
    - export DOCKER_BUILDKIT=1
    - git clone git://github.com/docker/buildx ./docker-buildx
    - docker build --platform=local -o . ./docker-buildx

  image: docker
    - name: docker:dind
      command: ["--experimental"]
  stage: docker
    - mkdir -p ~/.docker/cli-plugins
    - mv buildx ~/.docker/cli-plugins/docker-buildx
    - docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static --reset -p yes
    - docker login -u "$DOCKER_USERNAME" -p "$DOCKER_PASSWORD"
    - docker buildx create --use
    - docker buildx build --platform linux/arm/v7,linux/arm64/v8,linux/amd64 --push -t "$DOCKER_USERNAME"/repo-name:latest .

This was adapted from Auroria - Docker Multi Architecture Builds with Gitlab Runner to include automatic uploads to Docker Hub.