Example using Docker socket
This applies if you have your own GitlabCI runner installed, use the Docker executor and you have
/var/run/docker.sock mounted in the runner configuration.
See below for an example runner configuration:
[[runners]] name = "MACHINE_NAME" url = "https://gitlab.com/" token = "GENERATED_GITLAB_RUNNER_TOKEN" executor = "docker" [runners.docker] tls_verify = false image = "docker:latest" privileged = false disable_entrypoint_overwrite = false oom_kill_disable = false disable_cache = false volumes = ["/var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock", "/cache"] shm_size = 0
Please also include the following in your GitlabCI pipeline definitions (
.gitlab-ci.yml) that use Testcontainers:
variables: TESTCONTAINERS_HOST_OVERRIDE: "host.docker.internal"
The environment variable
TESTCONTAINERS_HOST_OVERRIDE needs to be configured, otherwise, a wrong IP address would be used to resolve the Docker host, which will likely lead to failing tests.
Example using DinD (Docker-in-Docker)
In order to use Testcontainers in a Gitlab CI pipeline, you need to run the job as a Docker container (see Patterns for running inside Docker).
So edit your
.gitlab-ci.yml to include the Docker-In-Docker service (
docker:dind) and set the
DOCKER_HOST variable to
DOCKER_TLS_CERTDIR to empty string.
Caveat: Current docker releases (verified for 20.10.9) intentionally delay the startup, if the docker api is bound to a network address but not TLS protected. To avoid this delay, the docker process needs to be started with the argument
--tls=false. Otherwise jobs which access the docker api at the very beginning might fail.
Here is a sample
.gitlab-ci.yml that executes test with gradle:
# DinD service is required for Testcontainers services: - name: docker:dind # explicitly disable tls to avoid docker startup interruption command: ["--tls=false"] variables: # Instruct Testcontainers to use the daemon of DinD, use port 2375 for non-tls connections. DOCKER_HOST: "tcp://docker:2375" # Instruct Docker not to start over TLS. DOCKER_TLS_CERTDIR: "" # Improve performance with overlayfs. DOCKER_DRIVER: overlay2 test: image: gradle:5.0 stage: test script: ./gradlew test