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Version: 2.7.x

Docker backend

This is the original backend used with Woodpecker. The docker backend executes each step inside a separate container started on the agent.

Docker credentialsโ€‹

Woodpecker supports Docker credentials to securely store registry credentials. Install your corresponding credential helper and configure it in your Docker config file passed via WOODPECKER_DOCKER_CONFIG.

To add your credential helper to the Woodpecker server container you could use the following code to build a custom image:

FROM woodpeckerci/woodpecker-server:latest-alpine

RUN apk add -U --no-cache docker-credential-ecr-login

Podman supportโ€‹

While the agent was developed with Docker/Moby, Podman can also be used by setting the environment variable DOCKER_HOST to point to the Podman socket. In order to work without workarounds, Podman 4.0 (or above) is required.

Image cleanupโ€‹

The agent will not automatically remove images from the host. This task should be managed by the host system. For example, you can use a cron job to periodically do clean-up tasks for the CI runner.


The following commands are destructive and irreversible it is highly recommended that you test these commands on your system before running them in production via a cron job or other automation.

Remove all unused imagesโ€‹

docker image rm $(docker images --filter "dangling=true" -q --no-trunc)

Remove Woodpecker volumesโ€‹

docker volume rm $(docker volume ls --filter name=^wp_* --filter dangling=true  -q)



Default: empty

Set to the name of an existing network which will be attached to all your pipeline containers (steps). Please be careful as this allows the containers of different pipelines to access each other!


Default: false

Enable IPv6 for the networks used by pipeline containers (steps). Make sure you configured your docker daemon to support IPv6.


Default: empty

List of default volumes separated by comma to be mounted to all pipeline containers (steps). For example to use custom CA certificates installed on host and host timezone use /etc/ssl/certs:/etc/ssl/certs:ro,/etc/timezone:/etc/timezone.