Docker Shell Command

After adding docker to my utility belt, I haven’t looked back. One thing i often find myself needing to do is execute a bash session against my container.

What this looks like as docker command is:

docker exec -it <container> /bin/bash

In order to save key strokes i added it to my ~/.bashrc.

docker-shell() {
  docker exec -it $1 /bin/bash

Now we have our command we can add tab completion for the container name argument:

  local procs
  _get_comp_words_by_ref -n : cur
  procs="$(docker ps -a --format '{{.Names}}')"
  COMPREPLY=( $(compgen -W "${procs}" -- ${cur}) )
  return 0

complete -F _docker_shell docker-shell

Again updating my ~/.bashrc with the following line, where the part after the . is the location of the above script:

. /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/docker-shell

Now just a tab away from accessing the containers:

$ docker-shell m       mcwarman.github.io_blog  mysql

NOTE: With Git for Windows or Cygwin you’ll prefix the docker exec with winpty.