How to create ARM based Container Images with Buildx

Ruan Bekker
2 min readOct 13, 2022


This is a short post on how to create container images with docker and buildx so that it’s compatible with ARM architectures such as the Apple M1 and Raspberry Pi 64 bit.

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We will have a simple dockerfile that runs from a alpine image and we will be installing curl:

FROM alpine:latest
LABEL maintainer "Ruan Bekker"
RUN apk --no-cache add curl


List your current builder instances:

$ docker buildx ls
default docker default running linux/amd64, linux/386

As you can see we only have amd64 and i386 architecture support for when we build container images.

Create a build instance that supports arm64 and arm:

$ docker buildx create --name multi-arch \
--platform "linux/arm64,linux/amd64,linux/arm/v7" \
--driver "docker-container"

Now we can update our default builder instance:

$ docker buildx use multi-arch

Build and Push

If you want to push to your image registry (using an assumption its docker hub):

$ docker login

Now we can build and push our container image with multi-arch support to our image registry:

$ docker buildx build \
--platform "linux/amd64,linux/arm64,linux/arm/v7" \
--tag ruanbekker/curl:test \
--push .

When you head over to my dockerhub repository:

You will see the digests for each architecture that we included:

Test on Apple M1

If we test this by running a container from our container image on a Apple M1, we will see that it will use the correct digest hash:

$ docker run -it ruanbekker/curl:test sh
Unable to find image 'ruanbekker/curl:test' locally
test: Pulling from ruanbekker/curl
9b18e9b68314: Already exists
5f2095374d74: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:5d87f95ded0e7e057152f8c32d4b0b81a1e2415f2b6a2ec2ac53dd8cbbc4ab39
Status: Downloaded newer image for ruanbekker/curl:test
/ # curl
curl: try 'curl --help' or 'curl --manual' for more information

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