Maintainer Playbook

Merging Pull Requests

To build new images on Docker Cloud and publish them to the Docker Hub registry, do the following:

  1. Make sure Travis is green for a PR.
  2. Merge the PR.
  3. Monitor the Docker Cloud build status for each of the stacks, starting with jupyter/base-notebook and ending with jupyter/all-spark-notebook. See the stack hierarchy diagram for the current, complete build order.
  4. Manually click the retry button next to any build that fails to resume that build and any dependent builds.
  5. Try to avoid merging another PR to master until all outstanding builds complete. There’s no way at present to propagate the git SHA to build through the Docker Cloud build trigger API. Every build trigger works off of master HEAD.

Updating the Ubuntu Base Image

When there’s a security fix in the Ubuntu base image or after some time passes, it’s a good idea to update the pinned SHA in the jupyter/base-notebook Dockerfile. Submit it as a regular PR and go through the build process. Expect the build to take a while to complete: every image layer will rebuild.

Adding a New Core Image to Docker Cloud

When there’s a new stack definition, do the following before merging the PR with the new stack:

  1. Ensure the PR includes an update to the stack overview diagram in the documentation. The image links to the blockdiag source used to create it.
  2. Ensure the PR updates the Makefile which is used to build the stacks in order on Travis CI.
  3. Create a new repository in the jupyter org on Docker Cloud named after the stack folder in the git repo.
  4. Grant the stacks team permission to write to the repo.
  5. Click Builds and then Configure Automated Builds for the repository.
  6. Select jupyter/docker-stacks as the source repository.
  7. Choose Build on Docker Cloud’s infrastructure using a Small node unless you have reason to believe a bigger host is required.
  8. Update the Build Context in the default build rule to be /<name-of-the-stack>.
  9. Toggle Autobuild to disabled unless the stack is a new root stack (e.g., like jupyter/base-notebook).
  10. If the new stack depends on the build of another stack in the hierarchy:
    1. Hit Save and then click Configure Automated Builds.
    2. At the very bottom, add a build trigger named Stack hierarchy trigger.
    3. Copy the build trigger URL.
    4. Visit the parent repository Builds page and click Configure Automated Builds.
    5. Add the URL you copied to the NEXT_BUILD_TRIGGERS environment variable comma separated list of URLs, creating that environment variable if it does not already exist.
    6. Hit Save.
  11. If the new stack should trigger other dependent builds:
    1. Add an environment variable named NEXT_BUILD_TRIGGERS.
    2. Copy the build trigger URLs from the dependent builds into the NEXT_BUILD_TRIGGERS comma separated list of URLs.
    3. Hit Save.
  12. Adjust other NEXT_BUILD_TRIGGERS values as needed so that the build order matches that in the stack hierarchy diagram.

Adding a New Maintainer Account

  1. Visit
  2. Add the maintainer’s Docker Cloud username.
  3. Visit
  4. Add the maintainer’s GitHub username.

Pushing a Build Manually

If automated builds on Docker Cloud have got you down, do the following to push a build manually:

  1. Clone this repository.
  2. Check out the git SHA you want to build and publish.
  3. docker login with your Docker Hub/Cloud credentials.
  4. Run make retry/release-all.

Enabling a New Doc Language Translation

First enable translation on Transifex:

  1. Visit
  2. Click Edit Languages in the top right.
  3. Select the language from the dropdown.
  4. Click Apply.

Then setup a subproject on ReadTheDocs for the language:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter jupyter-docker-stacks-language_abbreviation for the project name.
  3. Enter for the URL.
  4. Check Edit advanced project options.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select the Language from the dropdown on the next screen.
  7. Click Finish.

Finally link the new language subproject to the top level doc project:

  1. Visit
  2. Select the subproject you created from the Project dropdown.
  3. Click Add.