container · go · linux · ppc64le

linux: building and executing containerd on Power

containerd is an industry-standard container runtime with an emphasis
on simplicity, robustness and portability [1]. In this tutorial we are going to build and execute it on Power.
Before we get started building it, we need to get a Power VM. Ask for a FREE account at Once you get it, you can start start following this steps, which were tested on Ubuntu 18.04.
Building containerd requires GO >= 1.10.x, protoc (protocolo buffers) 3.x compiler and headers, btrfs headers and libraries and libseccomp.

1. Install the required dependencies

# install required dependencies
export DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
apt-get update -y
apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confdef" -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confold" upgrade -yq
apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confdef" -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confold" install -yq build-essential btrfs-tools libseccomp-dev unzip pkg-config

2. Configure your GO development environment

git clone
source ./goconfig/ install

3. Install protoc

Protocol Buffers (a.k.a., protobuf) are Google’s language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanism for serializing structured data.

unzip ./ -d protoc-3.7.1
mv ./protoc-3.7.1/bin/protoc /usr/local/bin

4. Build and install runc

runc is the default container runtime used by containerd and is required to run containerd

go get
cd $GOPATH/src/
make install

5. Build and install containerd

# build containerid
go get
cd $GOPATH/src/
make install
make integration

6. Configure containerd as a service

cp ./containerd.service /etc/systemd/system/
chmod 700 /etc/systemd/system/containerd.service
systemctl enable containerd.service
service containerd start
service containerd status
containerd config default > /etc/containerd/config.toml

7. Run a validation test

Use the sample located at

8. References

[1] –


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