As a companion to [my post describing how to run tests with docker-compose on Gitlab CI], I converted the build steps this morning to work with Bitbucket Pipelines.

Here’s the adapted bitbucket-pipelines.yml file:

image: docker:stable

    - step:
          - docker
          - apk add --no-cache py-pip bash 
          - pip install --no-cache-dir docker-compose
          - docker-compose -v
          - docker-compose run -e RAILS_ENV=test app bin/ci-setup
          - docker-compose run -e RAILS_ENV=test app bin/ci-run

Only minor differences from the Gitlab CI, mostly relating to the base image being used:

  1. docker:stable is used as the base image. This is a nice small image for running DinD (Docker-in-Docker), and is (unsuprisingly) based on the latest stable release of Docker.
  2. We declare that we need docker to be running for this build.
  3. Our script installs docker-compose using pip, and then runs the CI commands.

There is a small performance penalty for this method, since docker-compose needs to build an image from scratch each time (unless your docker-compose.yml declares a complete image rather than a build instruction), however I’ve found this time to be comparable to running in a traditional, non-Docker CI environment.