How to use bash with an Alpine based docker image?

I created a docker image from openjdk:8-jdk-alpine but when I try to execute simple commands I get the following errors:

RUN bash
/bin/sh: bash: not found

RUN ./gradlew build
env: can't execute 'bash': No such file or directory

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “How to use bash with an Alpine based docker image?”

    Alpine docker image doesn’t have bash installed by default. You will need to add following commands to get bash:

    RUN apk update && apk add bash

    If youre using Alpine 3.3+ then you can just do

    RUN apk add --no-cache bash

    to keep docker image size small. (Thanks to comment from @sprkysnrky)

    RUN /bin/sh -c "apk add --no-cache bash"

    worked for me.

    Try using RUN /bin/sh instead of bash.

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