I’m working on a node.js/blitz.js/web project that uses pact via the pact-node package. Unfortunately, this package isn’t compatible with Apple’s M1 (aarm64) chip due to the standalone ruby (Intel/x86-only) that’s packaged with it. Instead of trying to have two node installations for each platform, I decided to try and get docker to build and run my app images using the amd64 platform. And it works!
First, make sure you have the latest docker desktop that supports aarm64 (M1).
Next, create a docker-compose.yml for your app (for now I’m setting up compose so that I have to rebuild docker images on every code change, but you do have the option of mounting your local source directory, though, there are performance penalties to this).
You’ll need to specify that you want to build and run the image/container with the linux/amd64 platform.
# docker-compose.yml version: "3.8" services: app: build: context: . platform: "linux/amd64" # ...
The tricky part is that you can’t use docker-compose. First, it won’t use
docker buildx which has cross-platform building capabilities. Second, for some
weird reason, docker-compose 2.4 supported the
platform setting but subsequent
versions did not.
You have to use the new
command and not the classic
docker compose run app
Possible tie-in with docker buildx
I did this on my local system but not 100% sure if it’s necessary. But it’s a cool feature for managing build environments. Create a docker buildx builder for your local app context:
docker buildx create --platform linux/amd64 --name my-app docker buildx use my-app
Now when you run
docker buildx build -t my-app . it will build the
image using the platform specified in the builder you created.