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Run apps in automatically provisioned virtual machines or docker containers.


Note: golem init will check these requirements for you (and on OSX it will try to install them using brew and brew cask).


npm i -g golem

now you can create a global golem for your user:

golem init --global

or create one for the current folder (./.golem):

golem init


You can keep golem up-to-date by running:

# download updates, reload and re-provision will happen if necessary 
golem update


Once a golem is ready, you can start running commands on the golem virtual machine

# Summon your Golem! (spin up the vm) 
golem summon
golem do pwd
# prints the synced guest folder (created on the VM) 
# golem will run the command (after "do" word) in the vm 
# first time you run "golem do" on a directory, a synced folder is created to 
# mirror cwd on guest vm, then commands are executed in that guest folder 
golem do ls
# will list the files in current host folder, shared into the VM 

or you can just open an ssh session starting a the synced folder with:

golem do

To recreate your golem from scratch, you can always:

# remove the VM 
golem destroy
# re-create (and re-provision) 
golem summon


you can run docker commands with:

golem docker run ubuntu echo "hi, from docker"
# note: "golem docker" is just a shortcut to "golem do sudo docker" 

if you like docker-compose a shortcut is provided to:

golem docker-compose

Port Forwarding

In some cases you want to forward ports in the VM to your host machine (eg. from you docker containers)

# expose port 80 in the VM as 8080 in your host machine, 443 as 8443 
golem expose 80:8080,443:8443
# list exposed ports 
golem expose list
# remove all exposed ports 
golem expose clear