Setting up GoCD in Docker Swarm Mode

Posted in category gocd on 2017-04-10

Establish overlay network

docker network create -d overlay ci

Start GoCD Server

Choose one node that will run gocd-server and create following folders:


Label this node as following (choose one inspecting the output of docker node ls):

docker node update --label-add server=on <SERVER_NODE_ID>

Here is how to create go-server service:

docker service create \
  --name go-server \
  --network ci \
  --replicas 1 \
  -p 8000:8153 \
  --constraint node.labels.server==on \
  --mount type=bind,source=/data/godata/addons,target=/godata/addons,readonly=false \
  --mount type=bind,source=/data/godata/artifacts,target=/godata/artifacts,readonly=false \
  --mount type=bind,source=/data/godata/config,target=/godata/config,readonly=false \
  --mount type=bind,source=/data/godata/db,target=/godata/db,readonly=false \
  --mount type=bind,source=/data/godata/logs,target=/godata/logs,readonly=false \
  --mount type=bind,source=/data/godata/plugins,target=/godata/plugins,readonly=false \

You may want to choose kuznero/gocd-server-65011:latest auto built version that is using ${GID}=65011 and ${UID}=65011 instead of 1000 if it happen to collide with users/groups on your docker host.

Start GoCD Agents

It will be assumed that go-agent service should use docker facilities where it is hosted itself. For that it is required to share (i.e. mount) docker client and its libraries into go-agent containers docker client can be used as if go-agent has docker infrastructure installed in it natively.

And this is how to create go-agent service:

docker service create \
  --name go-agent \
  --network ci \
  --replicas 5 \
  --constraint node.labels.server!=on \
  -e GO_SERVER=go-server \
  --mount type=bind,source=/usr/bin/docker,target=/usr/bin/docker \
  --mount type=bind,source=/var/run/docker.sock,target=/var/run/docker.sock \
  --mount type=bind,source=/usr/lib64/,target=/usr/lib/ \

Mounting docker with some of its dependent libraries might not work specifically in case of your OS/Docker version combination.

There are different versions of gocd-agent-* available, but ubuntu flavor was chosen specifically because mounted docker client is most likely to be compatible with it.

Do not forget that in order for the trick of re-using outer docker client to work there should be a few thinkgs in place:

  1. Docker engine where go-agent is going to be running should be started with the following option: -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock
  2. /var/run/docker.sock file should have appropriate permissions, thus please ensure: chmod 0666 /var/run/docker.sock