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.NET Core in Docker on a Raspberry Pi

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May 20, 2018 Update: This post is now obsolete as of .NET Core 2.1! Please see this blog post for details.


Out of date information below:

dotnet new react by default will give you a project that runs fine on x86/x64 architectures. The RPI, however, runs on arm32v7. We'll need to make a few small changes to support this architecture within Docker.

ARM is supported by ASP.NET Core, so why doesn't it just work in Docker?

New projects by default include the metapackage Microsoft.AspNetCore.All, which makes some assumptions about what libraries are already on the runtime target. For this to work with Docker, this means the runtime image needs to be microsoft/aspnetcore. However, this poses a problem!

There is no ARM package for the microsoft/aspnetcore Docker image. The dockerfile indicates that pre-made binaries for this image are pulled from a CDN, but there don't appear to be any that exist for armv7.

Using a different base image

Fortunately, there is a docker image already for the ARMv7 .NET Core runtime, we are be able to use that as a base image! Now we just have to declare the AspNetCore dependencies explicitly.

Getting started

A working example of this project lives at this GitHub repo

  • Create a new project with dotnet new react
  • Remove the Microsoft.AspNetCore.All reference in the project file and replace it with these references:
    <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.AspNetCore" Version="2.0.0" />
    <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc" Version="2.0.0" />
    <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.AspNetCore.SpaServices" Version="2.0.0" />
    <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.AspNetCore.StaticFiles" Version="2.0.0" />
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  • Verify the app still works with dotnet run
  • Create a Dockerfile that looks something like this:
FROM microsoft/aspnetcore-build:2 AS build-env
WORKDIR /app

# Copy csproj and restore as distinct layers
COPY *.csproj ./
RUN dotnet restore

# Copy everything else and build
COPY . ./
RUN dotnet publish -c Release -o out

# Build runtime image
FROM microsoft/dotnet:2.0-runtime
WORKDIR /app
COPY --from=build-env /app/out ./
ENTRYPOINT ["dotnet", "DpmWebsite.dll"]
EXPOSE 5000
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Then, copy this dockerfile to a new file named Dockerfile.arm32. This should be identical, except we're going to change the runtime image to:

FROM microsoft/dotnet:2.0.0-runtime-stretch-arm32v7
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This allows the application to boot from the ARM version of the .NET SDK.

Now, ensure a local build works:

docker build -t netcore-local .
docker run -d -p 5000:5000 netcore-local
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Once this is confirmed working, build an ARM specific image:

docker build -t yourdockerid/rpi-net-core -f Dockerfile.arm32 .
docker push yourdockerid/rpi-net-core
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Finally, pull the image and run it on your Raspberry Pi!

docker pull yourdockerid/rpi-net-core
docker run --restart=always -d -p 5000:5000 yourdockerid/rpi-net-core
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If you are having trouble, get the ID of the image, then use docker logs (containerid)

Thanks for reading!

This was a fun exercise. It's so exciting to see the .NET platform become more accessible, hats off to the whole team for making this a reality!

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Yay \o/ Finally managed to get a hello world on my raspberry from .NET !
You, sir, are the real MVP :-)