Using Kaniko instead of Dockers Buildx in GitlabCI#

Dockers buildx with docker:dind takes a lot of time - about 2 minutes - to run in GitlabCI.

First I planned to use Buildah, since I had good experience on my local machine. Anyway, it is not very GitlabCI Docker-Runner friendly. I got Error during unshare(CLONE_NEWUSER): Operation not permitted and this lead me into a rabbit hole of configuration of my GitlabCI runner, which I did not want to do, and on customers runners I am not able to do.

So back to the world of alternatives and I found Googles Kaniko. First, the documentation is very confusing. But after looking at some examples, I got it working. And its stunning simple.

The whole Gitlab CI YAML file to get an OpenSearch container using the Dockerfile from my other blog post with the attachment plugin installed looks like this:

  - build

  stage: build
    entrypoint: [""]
    # build and push the image to GitlabCI registry
    - /kaniko/executor
        --context "${CI_PROJECT_DIR}"
        --dockerfile "${CI_PROJECT_DIR}/Dockerfile"
        --destination "${CI_REGISTRY_IMAGE}:${CI_COMMIT_TAG}"

It takes only 35 seconds to finish!