Guest Post: Calling The Docker CLI From Python with Python-on-whales

Guest Post: Calling The Docker CLI From Python with Python-on-whales

This post highlights a new project built by Gabriel de Marmiesse from the Docker community: Python-on-whales. The goal of this project is to have a 1-to-1 mapping between the Docker CLI and the Python library.

At Docker, we are incredibly proud of our vibrant, diverse and creative community. From time to time, we feature cool contributions from the community on our blog to highlight some of the great work our community does. The following is a guest post by Docker community member Gabriel de Marmiesse. Are you working on something awesome with Docker? Send your contributions to William Quiviger (@william) on the Docker Community Slack and we might feature your work!

The most common way to call and control Docker is by using the command line.

With the increased usage of Docker, users want to call Docker from programming languages other than shell. One popular way to use Docker from Python has been to use docker-py. This library has had so much success that even docker-compose is written in Python, and leverages docker-py.

The goal of docker-py though is not to replicate the Docker client (written in Golang), but to talk to the Docker Engine HTTP API. The Docker client is extremely complex and is hard to duplicate in another language. Because of this, a lot of features that were in the Docker client could not be available in docker-py. Sometimes users would sometimes get frustrated because docker-py did not behave exactly like the CLI.

Today, we’re presenting a new project built by Gabriel de Marmiesse from the Docker community: Python-on-whales. The goal of this project is to have a 1-to-1 mapping between the Docker CLI and the Python library. We do this by communicating with the Docker CLI instead of calling directly the Docker Engine HTTP API.

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