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Drydock Blueprints: Hosts
Phabricator User Documentation (Application User Guides)

Guide to configuring Drydock host blueprints.


IMPORTANT: Drydock is not a mature application and may be difficult to configure and use for now.

To give Drydock access to machines so it can perform work, you'll configure host blueprints. These blueprints tell Drydock where to find machines (or how to build machines) and how to connect to them.

Once Drydock has access to hosts it can use them to build more interesting and complex types of resources, like repository working copies.

Drydock currently supports these kinds of host blueprints:

  • Almanac Hosts: Gives Drydock access to a predefined list of hosts.

Drydock may support additional blueprints in the future.


Drydock can be used to run semi-trusted and untrusted code, and you may want to isolate specific processes or classes of processes from one another. See Drydock User Guide: Security for discussion of security concerns and guidance on how to make isolation tradeoffs.

General Considerations

You must install software on hosts. Drydock does not currently handle installing software on hosts. You'll need to make sure any hosts are configured properly with any software you need, and have tools like git, hg or svn that may be required to interact with working copies.

You do not need to install PHP, arcanist, or Phabricator on the hosts unless you are specifically running arc commands.

You must configure authentication. Drydock also does not handle credentials for VCS operations. If you're interacting with repositories hosted on Phabricator, the simplest way to set this up is something like this:

  • Create a new bot user in Phabricator.
  • In SettingsSSH Public Keys, add a public key or generate a keypair.
  • Put the private key on your build hosts as ~/.ssh/id_rsa for whatever user you're connecting with.

This will let processes on the host access Phabricator as the bot user, and use the bot user's permissions to pull and push changes.

If you're using hosted repositories from an external service, you can follow similar steps for that service.

Note that any processes running under the given user account will have access to the private key, so you should give the bot the smallest acceptable level of permissions if you're running semi-trusted or untrusted code like unit tests.

You must create a /var/drydock directory. This is hard-coded in Drydock for now, so you need to create it on the hosts. This can be a symlink to a different location if you prefer.

Almanac Hosts

The Almanac Hosts blueprint type gives Drydock access to a predefined list of hosts which you configure in the Almanac application. This is the simplest type of blueprint to set up.

For more information about Almanac, see Almanac User Guide.

For example, suppose you have and, and want to configure Drydock to be able to use these hosts. To do this:

Create Almanac Devices: Create a device record in Almanac for each your hosts.

AlmanacDevicesCreate Device

Enter the device names (like After creating the devices, use Add Interface to configure the ports and IP addresses that Drydock should connect to over SSH (normally, this is port 22).

Create an Almanac Service: In the Almanac application, create a new service to define the pool of devices you want to use.

AlmanacServicesCreate Service

Choose the service type Drydock: Resource Pool. This will allow Drydock to use the devices that are bound to the service.

Now, use Add Binding to bind all of the devices to the service.

You can add more hosts to the pool later by binding additional devices, and Drydock will automatically start using them. Likewise, you can remove bindings to take hosts out of service.

Create a Drydock Blueprint: Now, create a new blueprint in Drydock.

DrydockBlueprintsNew Blueprint

Choose the Almanac Hosts blueprint type.

In Almanac Services, select the service you previously created. For Credentials, select an SSH private key you want Drydock to use to connect to the hosts.

Drydock should now be able to build resources from these hosts.

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