People often complain, that building Docker image takes a long time. “I just added a single jar package” they say… Really?

They often don’t remember that whole “build context”1 is uploaded to Docker daemon during build, which often means they’re not only adding “single jar”, but also all sources, test results and whatever they have in working directory.

Solution is simple - to use .dockerignore file2. Syntax is similar to .gitignore. It excludes what shouldn’t be uploaded to Docker daemon.

Take a look at an example file below:


# exclude temp files

# exclude things you won't need anyway