The alpine-plus-plus Docker container consists of Alpine Linux, along with git as well as various GNU tools commonly used for shell scripting. This container is very closely related to gnu-on-alpine. The difference is that alpine-plus-plus includes git, in addition to everything else from the gnu-on-alpine container. Thus, if you need git, choose alpine-plus-plus; and otherwise choose gnu-on-alpine. The base Docker image is the official Alpine Docker image, which was chosen for its small size. On top of Alpine is a single layer that includes git as well as the following GNU tools:

The original motivating use-case is for developing GitHub container actions. GitHub Actions is GitHub's CI/CD platform. GitHub Actions workflows are comprised of individual steps that can invoke Actions that perform a variety of functions. One of the ways to implement an Action is what GitHub calls a container action. This allows for implementing a GitHub Action using any programming languages or tools. In some cases, shell scripting may be sufficient. Thus, this container. It is certainly not limited to usage in GitHub Action development, and can be used for shell scripting tasks that also require the use of git that you need to execute locally, etc.

The alpine-plus-plus container can be pulled from Docker Hub as well as the GitHub Container Registry. When using alpine-plus-plus in the development of a GitHub Container Action, we recommend pulling from the GitHub Container Registry, as it is likely faster for that use-case.

The developers of alpine-plus-plus are not affiliated with any of Alpine Linux, Docker, GNU, or GitHub. We simply use GitHub Actions, and developed this container to help others.

Blog Posts About alpine-plus-plus

As the author of the alpine-plus-plus Docker Container, I occasionally post about this, and other software that I maintain on See my profile for a full list of such posts. Below is a selection of blog posts specifically about alpine-plus-plus.