Create a Tiny Contianer Image #
Go applications can be statically compiled to run completely standalone with no supporting Linux filesystem present whatsoever. Strip and compress the binary and you’ll have an image barely larger than busybox.
Compile your application statically and with stripped symbols. The necessary command wil vary depending on your project’s complexity. But for small projects something like this will do:
CGO_ENABLED=0 go build -ldflags='-s -w' -o main
Optionally compress the binary with
upx. Check that it still runs! Sometimes
this will break binaries.
If your application makes HTTP requests to TLS endpoints you’ll want a copy
for a list of files which are searched for by default on a Linux system.
cp /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt .
Create a simple Dockerfile to create an image “from scratch”:
COPY main /main
COPY ca-certificates.crt /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
Build the image as usual with
podman build -t test .. My test image clocked
in at a mere 2.87 MiB and was only 6 KiB larger than the binary and certificate