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Install Tools in Alpine Linux

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Michael Oldroyd

Alpine Linux is a lightweight, secure linux distribution. It's very popular for container-based application deployments.

$ apk add [package]

Useful Packages

I'll possibly update this page if it's useful. Ive been hopping into our dev cluster to test connectivity recently. You can install packages to containers using the apk command. You would normally do so during the creation of the container image.


$ apk add busybox-extras

Run tools using the busybox-extras command, e.g.

$ busybox-extras telnet localhost 8080


$ apk add curl


$ apk add bind-tools


$ apk add mysql-client

I think this one actually installs mariadb-client

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Michael Oldroyd

Michael is a Software Engineer working in the North West of England. Michael spends his days building hand-crafted PHP applications. Rumours of his super-hero status are currently unconfirmed. He savours his victories when solving difficult programming challenges; occasionally writing about them here, on his personal blog.