Maintainer Playbook#

Merging Pull Requests#

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

  1. Make sure GitHub Actions status checks pass for the PR.

  2. Merge the PR.

  3. Monitor the merge commit GitHub Actions status.


    GitHub Actions are pretty reliable, so please investigate if some error occurs. Building Docker images in PRs is the same after merging to the main branch, except there is an additional push step.

  4. Avoid merging another PR to the main branch until all pending builds are complete. This way, you will know which commit might have broken the build and also have the correct tags for moving tags (like the python version).

Updating Python version#

When a new Python version is released, we wait for two things:

  • all the dependencies to be available (as wheels or in conda-forge).

  • the first python patch release for this version. This allows us to avoid many bugs, which can happen in a major release.

Updating the Ubuntu Base Image#

docker-stacks-foundation is based on the LTS Ubuntu docker image. We wait for the first point release of the new LTS Ubuntu before updating the version. Other images are directly or indirectly inherited from docker-stacks-foundation. We rebuild our images automatically each week, which means they frequently receive updates.

When there’s a security fix in the Ubuntu base image, it’s a good idea to manually trigger images rebuild from the GitHub actions workflow UI. Pushing the Run Workflow button will trigger this process.

Adding a New Core Image to Docker Hub#


In general, we do not add new core images and ask contributors to either create a recipe or community stack.

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 GitHub Actions.

  3. Ensure necessary tags/manifests are added for the new image in the tagging folder.

  4. Create a new repository in the jupyter org on Docker Hub named after the stack folder in the git repo.

  5. Grant the stacks team permission to write to the repo.

Adding a New Maintainer Account#

  1. Visit

  2. Add the maintainer’s Docker Hub username.

  3. Visit orgs/jupyter

  4. Add the maintainer’s GitHub username.

Pushing a Build Manually#

If an automated build in GitHub Actions has 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 credentials.

  4. Run make push-all.