A CLI tool to manage your devcontainers using docker-compose
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#DevContainer CLI managment tool

#What is a "DevContainer"?

The devcontainer concept have been developped by the authors of Visual Studio Code and its "Remote - Containers" extension.

Work with a sandboxed toolchain or container-based application inside (or mounted into) a container. – https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/remote/remote-overview

This way you don't mess your computer with all the dependencies of all the projects and their programming languages on which you work on. It can also make it easier for others to start working on your projects, without having to guess what are the required tools to develop, lint, test, build, etc.


It currently does not support devcontainer that uses Dokerfile only. A Docker-Compose file is mandatory. It also does not support all devcontainer.json options.


There are different methods to install devc, ordered by preference.

On ArchLinux, from AUR:

$ yay -Syu devc

To install from the devc devcontainer (requires: docker, docker-compose, make):

$ git clone https://git.sr.ht/~nka/devc
$ cd devc
$ docker-composer -p devc_devcontainer -f .devcontainer/docker-compose.yml up -d
$ docker-composer -p devc_devcontainer -f .devcontainer/docker-compose.yml exec app bash
(container) $ make
(container) $ exit
$ sudo make install

To install from sources into /usr/local/bin/ (requires: golang, make):

$ git clone https://git.sr.ht/~nka/devc
$ cd devc
$ make
$ sudo make install

To install devc in your GOPATH (requires: golang):

$ go get -u git.sr.ht/~nka/devc

Or from GitHub:

$ go get -u github.com/nikaro/devc


$ devc --help
A CLI tool to manage your devcontainers using Docker-Compose

  devc [command]

Available Commands:
  build       Build or rebuild devcontainer services
  completion  Generate completion script
  down        Stop and remove devcontainer containers, networks, images, and volumes
  exec        Execute a command inside a running container
  help        Help about any command
  ps          List containers
  shell       Execute a shell inside the running devcontainer
  start       Start devcontainer services
  stop        Stop devcontainer services
  up          Create and start devcontainer services

  -f, --file string           alternate Compose file
  -h, --help                  help for devc
  -p, --project-name string   alternate project name
  -P, --project-path string   specify project path
  -v, --verbose               show the docker-compose command

Use "devc [command] --help" for more information about a command.



#Configure (Neo)Vim

With this configuration you can make (Neo)Vim install plugins inside your container (and only inside, not on your host).

~/.config/nvim/init.vim with vim-plug as plugin manager:

if &compatible
  set nocompatible

call plug#begin('~/.local/share/nvim/site/plugged')

Plug 'scrooloose/nerdtree'

" detect wether we are in a docker container or not
function! s:IsDocker()
  if filereadable('/.dockerenv')
    return 1
  if filereadable('/proc/self/cgroup')
    let l:cgroup = join(readfile('/proc/self/cgroup'), ' ')
    let l:docker = matchstr(l:cgroup, 'docker')
    if l:docker != ""
      return 1

" if there is a devcontainer and we are in a container
if filereadable('.devcontainer/devcontainer.json') && s:IsDocker()
  let devcontainer = json_decode(readfile('.devcontainer/devcontainer.json'))
    " install vim plugins
    for plugin in get(devcontainer, 'vim-extensions', [])
      Plug plugin
	" apply vim settings
    for setting in get(devcontainer, 'vim-settings', [])
      execute setting

call plug#end()



    "vim-extensions": [
	"vim-settings": [
	  "let g:go_fmt_command = 'goimports'"

And take a look at my docker-compose.yml and Dockerfile (based on https://hub.docker.com/r/nikaro/debian-dev) to see how to configure your containers.