toolbox [--verbose | -v] COMMAND [ARGS]
Toolbox is a tool for Linux operating systems, which allows the use of containerized command line environments. It is built on top of Podman and other standard container technologies from OCI.
This is particularly useful on OSTree based operating systems like Fedora CoreOS and Silverblue. The intention of these systems is to discourage installation of software on the host, and instead install software as (or in) containers — they mostly don't even have package managers like DNF or YUM. This makes it difficult to set up a development environment or install tools for debugging in the usual way.
Toolbox solves this problem by providing a fully mutable container within which one can install their favourite development and debugging tools, editors and SDKs. For example, it's possible to do
yum install ansible without affecting the base operating system.
However, this tool doesn't require using an OSTree based system. It works equally well on Fedora Workstation and Server, and that's a useful way to incrementally adopt containerization.
The toolbox environment is based on an OCI image. On Fedora this is the
fedora-toolbox image. This image is used to create a toolbox container that seamlessly integrates with the rest of the operating system by providing access to the user's home directory, the Wayland and X11 sockets, SSH agent, etc..
The following options are understood:
- --assumeyes, -y
- Automatically answer yes for all questions.
- --help, -h
- Print a synopsis of this manual and exit.
- --verbose, -v
- Print debug information including standard error stream of internal commands. Use
-vvfor more detail.
Commands for working with toolbox containers and images:
Create a new toolbox container.
Enter a toolbox container for interactive use.
Display help information about Toolbox.
Initialize a running container.
List existing toolbox containers and images.
Remove one or more toolbox containers.
Remove one or more toolbox images.
Run a command in an existing toolbox container.