How to set system time dynamically in a Docker container
It is possible
The solution is to fake it in the container. This lib intercepts all system call programs use to retrieve the current time and date.
The implementation is easy. Add functionality to your Dockerfile as appropriate:
WORKDIR / RUN git clone https://github.com/wolfcw/libfaketime.git WORKDIR /libfaketime/src RUN make install
Remember to set the environment variables
LD_PRELOAD before you run the application you want the faked time applied to.
CMD ["/bin/sh", "-c", "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/lib/faketime/libfaketime.so.1 FAKETIME_NO_CACHE=1 python /srv/intercept/manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:3000]
You can now dynamically change the servers time:
import os def set_time(request): print(datetime.today()) os.environ["FAKETIME"] = "2020-01-01" # Note: time of type string must be in the format "YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss" or "+15d" print(datetime.today())
Jenny D is correct in that by default Docker container doesn't allow access to system clock.
However, on Linux, if you're fine with your container having access to this capability, you can allow this capability using "--cap-add=SYS_TIME" option of "docker run" command when creating you container:
# docker run --cap-add=SYS_TIME -d --name teamcity-server-instance -v /opt/teamcity/data:/data/teamcity_server/datadir -v /opt/teamcity/logs:/opt/teamcity/logs -p 80:8111 jetbrains/teamcity-server
Then, you can change the time from inside the running container:
# docker exec -it teamcity-server-instance /bin/bash # date +%T -s "15:03:00" 15:03:00 #
Reference documentation: https://docs.docker.com/engine/reference/run/#runtime-privilege-and-linux-capabilities