Installation

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

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.

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/runsc

Checksums for the release binary are at:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/master/latest/runsc.sha512

For apt installation, use the master as the ${DIST} below.

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/runsc

Checksums for the release binary are at:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/nightly/latest/runsc.sha512

Specific nightly releases can be found at:

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

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

For apt installation, use the nightly as the ${DIST} below.

Latest release

The latest official release is available at the following URL:

https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/release/latest

For apt installation, use the release as the ${DIST} below.

Specific release

A given release release is available at the following URL:

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

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, e.g. ${yyyymmdd}, as the ${DIST} below.

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

Point release

A given point release is available at the following URL:

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

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

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, the key used to sign archives should be added to your apt keychain:

curl -fsSL https://gvisor.dev/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Based on the release type, you will need to substitute ${DIST} below, using one of:

  • master: For HEAD.
  • nightly: For nightly releases.
  • release: For the latest release.
  • ${yyyymmdd}: For a specific releases (see above).

The repository for the release you wish to install should be added:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases ${DIST} main"

For example, to install the latest official release, you can use:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb 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.

Install directly

The binary URLs provided above can be used to install directly. For example, the latest nightly binary can be downloaded, validated, and placed in an appropriate location by running:

(
  set -e
  URL=https://storage.googleapis.com/gvisor/releases/nightly/latest
  wget ${URL}/runsc
  wget ${URL}/runsc.sha512
  sha512sum -c runsc.sha512
  rm -f runsc.sha512
  sudo mv runsc /usr/local/bin
  sudo chown root:root /usr/local/bin/runsc
  sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local/bin/runsc
)

It is important to copy this binary to a location that is accessible to all users, and ensure it is executable by 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.

After installation, therunsc binary comes with an install command that can optionally automatically configure Docker:

runsc install