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Building a container image for ContainerSSH

ContainerSSH can run any Linux container image. However, it is strongly recommended that you install the ContainerSSH guest agent into the image to make all features available.

If you wish to use SFTP you have to add an SFTP server (apt install openssh-sftp-server on Ubuntu) to the container image and configure the path of the SFTP server correctly in your config.yaml. The sample image containerssh/containerssh-guest-image contains an SFTP server.

Integrating the guest agent

This method uses the containerssh/agent container image as part of a multistage build:

FROM containerssh/agent AS agent

FROM your-base-image
COPY --from=agent /usr/bin/containerssh-agent /usr/bin/containerssh-agent
# Your other build commands here

We have an experimental Debian repository containing the agent package. Once you have set up the repository you can install the agent like this:

apt-get install containerssh-agent

To use this method go to the latest release from the releases section and verify it against our key (3EE5B012FA7B400CD952601E4689F1F0F358FABA).

On an Ubuntu image build this would involve the following steps:


RUN echo "\e[1;32mInstalling ContainerSSH guest agent...\e[0m" && \
    DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::='--force-confold' update && \
    DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::='--force-confold' -fuy --allow-downgrades --allow-remove-essential --allow-change-held-packages install gpg && \
    wget -q -O - | grep browser_download_url | grep -e "agent_.*_linux_amd64.deb" | awk ' { print $2 } ' | sed -e 's/"//g' > /tmp/assets.txt && \
    wget -q -O /tmp/agent.deb $(cat /tmp/assets.txt |grep -v .sig) && \
    wget -q -O /tmp/agent.deb.sig $(cat /tmp/assets.txt |grep .sig) && \
    wget -q -O - $AGENT_GPG_SOURCE | gpg --import && \
    echo -e "5\ny\n" | gpg --command-fd 0 --batch --expert --edit-key $AGENT_GPG_FINGERPRINT trust && \
    test $(gpg --status-fd=1 --verify /tmp/agent.deb.sig /tmp/agent.deb | grep VALIDSIG | grep $AGENT_GPG_FINGERPRINT | wc -l) -eq 1 && \
    dpkg -i /tmp/agent.deb && \
    rm -rf /tmp/* && \
    rm -rf ~/.gnupg && \
    DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::='--force-confold' -fuy --allow-downgrades --allow-remove-essential --allow-change-held-packages remove gpg && \
    DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::='--force-confold' -y clean && \
    /usr/bin/containerssh-agent -h


The release signing process is experimental and is likely to change in the future.

Guest image support is enabled by default in the Docker and Kubernetes backends, but can be disabled as shown below. The KubeRun and DockerRun backends do not support the guest agent.

    disableAgent: true
    disableAgent: true