Installation

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Note: gVisor supports only x86_64 and requires Linux 4.14.77+ (older Linux).

Install latest release

To download and install the latest release manually follow these steps:

(
  set -e
  ARCH=$(uname -m)
  URL=https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/release/latest/${ARCH}
  wget ${URL}/runsc ${URL}/runsc.sha512 \
    ${URL}/containerd-shim-runsc-v1 ${URL}/containerd-shim-runsc-v1.sha512
  sha512sum -c runsc.sha512 \
    -c containerd-shim-runsc-v1.sha512
  rm -f *.sha512
  chmod a+rx runsc containerd-shim-runsc-v1
  sudo mv runsc containerd-shim-runsc-v1 /usr/local/bin
)

To install gVisor as a Docker runtime, run the following commands:

/usr/local/bin/runsc install
sudo systemctl reload docker
docker run --rm --runtime=runsc hello-world

For more details about using gVisor with Docker, see Docker Quick Start

Note: It is important to copy runsc to a location that is readable and executable to all users, since runsc executes itself as user nobody to avoid unnecessary privileges. The /usr/local/bin directory is a good place to put the runsc binary.

Install from an apt repository

First, appropriate dependencies must be installed to allow apt to install packages via https:

sudo apt-get update && \
sudo apt-get install -y \
    apt-transport-https \
    ca-certificates \
    curl \
    gnupg-agent \
    software-properties-common

Next, configure the key used to sign archives and the repository.

NOTE: The key was updated on 2021-07-13 to replace the expired key. If you get errors about the key being expired, run the apt-key add command below again.

curl -fsSL https://gvisor.dev/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64,arm64] https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases release main"

Now the runsc package can be installed:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y runsc

If you have Docker installed, it will be automatically configured.

Versions

The runsc binaries and repositories are available in multiple versions and release channels. You should pick the version you’d like to install. For experimentation, the nightly release is recommended. For production use, the latest release is recommended.

After selecting an appropriate release channel from the options below, proceed to the preferred installation mechanism: manual or from an apt repository.

Note: Older releases are still available but may not have an ${ARCH} component in the URL. These release were available for x86_64 only.

Binaries are available for every commit on the master branch, and are available at the following URL:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/master/latest/${ARCH}

You can use this link with the steps described in Install latest release.

For apt installation, use the master to configure the repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64,arm64] https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases master main"

Nightly

Nightly releases are built most nights from the master branch, and are available at the following URL:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/nightly/latest/${ARCH}

You can use this link with the steps described in Install latest release.

Specific nightly releases can be found at:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/nightly/${yyyy-mm-dd}/${ARCH}

Note that a release may not be available for every day.

For apt installation, use the nightly to configure the repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64,arm64] https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases nightly main"

Latest release

The latest official release is available at the following URL:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/release/latest/${ARCH}

You can use this link with the steps described in Install latest release.

For apt installation, use the release to configure the repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64,arm64] https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases release main"

Specific release

Specific releases are the latest point release for a given date. Specific releases should be available for any date that has a point release. A given release is available at the following URL:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/release/${yyyymmdd}/${ARCH}

You can use this link with the steps described in Install latest release.

See the releases page for information about specific releases.

For apt installation of a specific release, which may include point updates, use the date of the release for repository, e.g. ${yyyymmdd}.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64,arm64] https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases yyyymmdd main"

Note: only newer releases may be available as apt repositories.

Point release

Point releases correspond to releases tagged in the Github repository. A given point release is available at the following URL:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/release/${yyyymmdd}.${rc}/${ARCH}

You can use this link with the steps described in Install latest release.

Note that apt installation of a specific point release is not supported.

After installation, try out runsc by following the Docker Quick Start, Containerd QuickStart, or OCI Quick Start.