Receive alerts when new images are available for your docker swarm cluster with Diun

Tuesday, May 5, 2020



Today, a quick post about Diun, a nice tool that alerts you when new docker images are available for your services. It works with docker hub (obviously) but also with alternate / private docker registry (eg: if you have automation for building images).

I’m in a middle of a bigger article about keeping your cluster up to date that will talk about my usage of Diun, but I thought I would first write about the installation and usage before going into the bigger picture of having an up to date cluster.

Nota: I know there are great tools like WatchTower that will not only check for new version of containers’ images but also update them automatically. But I don’t like this solution as I prefer choosing myself when and how to upgrade (and what to backup first :)). That also allows me to potentially test on another environment first before running it on my production.


As stated above, Diun is a simple yet powerful tool that will check every defined period (configurable) if new versions of the images you are using exist and then alert you in a lot of possible way.

Docker swarm service

Diun can work in a docker container too and is compatible with bare docker or docker swarm :-). So as usual, we’re going to create a docker swarm service for it. First, create the directory structure. If you follow mine1:

    mkdir /mnt/cluster-data/{services-config,containers-data}/diun/
    mkdir /mnt/cluster-data/containers-data/diun/data

Then, create the service definition file /mnt/cluster-data/services-config/diun/docker-compose.yml:

    version: "3.2"

        image: crazymax/diun:latest
          - "/mnt/cluster-data/containers-data/diun/data:/data" # Adapt if needed.
          - "/mnt/cluster-data/containers-data/diun/diun.yml:/diun.yml:ro" # Read Only on config file.
          - "/var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock"
          - "TZ=Europe/Paris" # Adapt.
          - "LOG_LEVEL=info"
          - "LOG_JSON=false"
              - node.role == manager

Nota: Usual warning: When using containers, you should either build your own or at least have a very good understanding of how the public image you use is built and what it does before using it. Using unknown containers on your platform is a security risk!


Before actually running the service, we need to create the configuration file. If you didn’t change the above docker-compose.yml, create the file /mnt/cluster-data/containers-data/diun/diun.yml:

      path: diun.db

      workers: 4
      schedule: "0 * * * *"
      first_check_notif: true

    #  mail:
    #    enable: false
    #    host: localhost
    #    port: 25
    #    ssl: false
    #    insecure_skip_verify: false
    #    username:
    #    password:
    #    from:
    #    to:
        enable: true
        endpoint: http://<IPNodeRed>:<PortNodered>/api/cluster/update
        method: GET
          Content-Type: application/json
        timeout: 10

        # Watch all services on local Swarm cluster
          watch_by_default: true

Look at the documentation for additional details, but in a nutshell:

  • db: indicate the path to diun.db (in the end will be in the data containers we created above)
  • watch: define how many workers can run at the same time (here 4) and when to run the checks. It is a cron expression so should be easy to understand :). In this example, it runs every hours.
  • notif: Tell diun how to tell you a new image is ready. The simplest way is to use emails or telegram, that’s why I left the email config part here. I use the webhook system only, as part of my home automation so that diun send an alert to NodeRed that will then include that in my more global flow of releases check, but more on that in the next post :).
  • providers: This is where you tell diun to listen to the swarm cluster and look at all images updates (watch_by_default: true). If you want to explicitly tell diun which images to check, set the watch_by_default to false and then use labels in service definition (docker-compose.yml) as described here. I’m lazy so I just check everything.

Again, I strongly recommend to look at the configuration documentation for additional details, as all options are explained explicitly :).

Start the service

As usual, quite simple:

    docker stack deploy diun -c /mnt/cluster-data/services-config/diun/docker-compose.yml

If you kept the first_check_notif: true, you should receive notification if any services is not using the latest images available. If you didn’t get any alert, check the logs, maybe everything is up to date:

    docker service logs -f diun_diun # Adapt service name if needed.

And to stop the service:

    docker stack rm diun


That’s it for now, we’ll see in the next post how I use Diun and other tools to stay alerted of new version of the software I use.

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See Also

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