Using with Boot2docker

For usage with boot2docker, there is a helper function in the utils package named kwargs_from_env, it will pass any environment variables from Boot2docker to the Client.

First run boot2docker in your shell:

$ $(boot2docker shellinit)
Writing /Users/you/.boot2docker/certs/boot2docker-vm/ca.pem
Writing /Users/you/.boot2docker/certs/boot2docker-vm/cert.pem
Writing /Users/you/.boot2docker/certs/boot2docker-vm/key.pem
export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://192.168.59.103:2376
export DOCKER_CERT_PATH=/Users/you/.boot2docker/certs/boot2docker-vm
export DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY=1

You can then instantiate docker.Client like this:

from docker.client import Client
from docker.utils import kwargs_from_env

client = Client(**kwargs_from_env())
print client.version()

If you're encountering the following error: SSLError: hostname '192.168.59.103' doesn't match 'boot2docker', you can:

  1. Add an entry to your /etc/hosts file matching boot2docker to the daemon's IP
  2. disable hostname validation (but please consider the security implications in doing this)
from docker.client import Client
from docker.utils import kwargs_from_env

kwargs = kwargs_from_env()
kwargs['tls'].assert_hostname = False

client = Client(**kwargs)
print client.version()