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Docker Hub Tag Builds
Jan 1, 2019
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Docker Hub automatic builds are a great way to keep your Docker images up to date with a git repository, but building sensibly tagged releases isn’t very straightforward. It’s easy to create ones for a tag (like v4.1.1) but less so to create versioned images, such as:


This means that when you release a v4.1.2, it becomes the new 4 and 4.1. It turns out that you can do this with docker automatic builds. At the time I got this working it wasn’t well documented, but these days it has docs.

Note: This information was adapted from something I found in a Google search, but I’ve since lost the source. I’ll update here if I find it again.

To achieve this, set up your build rules as follows:

Type Name Docker Tag Name
Branch master latest
Tag /^v([0-9.]+)$/ {\1}
Tag /^v([0-9]+)\.([0-9]+)\.([0-9]+)$/ {\1}
Tag /^v([0-9]+)\.([0-9]+)\.([0-9]+)$/ {\1}.{\2}

Now, tag your versions in git as full semver specifiers, with a v in front, e.g.:

git tag -a v4.1.2 -m 4.1.2

When your docker image is auto-built from git, it will now have tags which match the example at the beginning of this post.

Eventually I’ll write up a more thorough post on how you can perform auto-builds and releases with github, docker hub, and travis. For now you can learn a lot from this post, and by looking at the travis config for secureoperator.

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