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Declarative Containers with NixOS

I spent some time recently attempting to setup some software on a NixOS system I have at home. It looks like declarative containers were removed in an earlier version of NixOS as they weren't quite ready for use. After some searching I was able to find an example with rkt!

Setting up a container can be as simple as adding this to your /etc/nixos/configuration.nix:

virtualisation.rkt.enable = true;

systemd.services."rkt-nginx" = {
  description = "Nginx (rkt)";
  wantedBy = [ "multi-user.target" ];
  serviceConfig = {
    Slice = "machine.slice";
    ExecStart = ''\
      ${pkgs.rkt}/bin/rkt run --insecure-options=image \
      --net=host \
      docker://nginx
    '';
    KillMode = "mixed";
    Restart = "always";
  };
};