Rebase Image

The rebase command creates a new container image and copies an existing WebLogic domain to that new image.
The new container image can be based on an existing image in the repository or created as part of the rebase operation similar to the create command.

Usage: imagetool rebase [OPTIONS]
Parameter Definition Default
--sourceImage (Required) Source Image containing the WebLogic domain.
--tag (Required) Tag for the final build image. Example: store/oracle/weblogic:
--additionalBuildCommands Path to a file with additional build commands. For more details, see Additional information.
--additionalBuildFiles Additional files that are required by your additionalBuildCommands. A comma separated list of files that should be copied to the build context. See Additional information.
--builder, -b Executable to process the Dockerfile. Use the full path of the executable if not on your path. Defaults to docker, or, when set, to the value in environment variable WLSIMG_BUILDER.
--buildNetwork Networking mode for the RUN instructions during the image build. See --network for Docker build.
--chown userid:groupid for JDK/Middleware installs and patches. oracle:oracle
--dryRun Skip Docker build execution and print the Dockerfile to stdout.
--fromImage Container image to use as a base image when creating a new image.
--httpProxyUrl Proxy for the HTTP protocol. Example: http://myproxy:80 or http:user:passwd@myproxy:8080
--httpsProxyUrl Proxy for the HTTPS protocol. Example: https://myproxy:80 or https:user:passwd@myproxy:8080
--installerResponseFile One or more custom response files. A comma separated list of paths to installer response files. Overrides the default responses for the Oracle silent installer.
--inventoryPointerFile Path to custom inventory pointer file.
--inventoryPointerInstallLoc Target location for the inventory pointer file.
--jdkVersion Version of the server JDK to install. 8u202
--latestPSU Find and apply the latest PatchSet Update.
--opatchBugNumber The patch number for OPatch (patching OPatch). 28186730
--packageManager Override the default package manager for the base image’s operating system. Supported values: APK, APTGET, NONE, OS_DEFAULT, YUM, ZYPPER OS_DEFAULT
--password Request password for the Oracle Support --user on STDIN, see --user.
--passwordEnv Environment variable containing the Oracle Support password, see --user.
--passwordFile Path to a file containing just the Oracle Support password, see --user.
--patches Comma separated list of patch IDs. Example: 12345678,87654321
--pull Always attempt to pull a newer version of base images during the build.
--recommendedPatches Find and apply the latest PatchSet Update and recommended patches. This takes precedence over --latestPSU.
--skipcleanup Do not delete the build context folder, intermediate images, and failed build containers. For debugging purposes.
--strictPatchOrdering Instruct OPatch to apply patches one at a time (uses apply instead of napply).
--target Select the target environment in which the created image will be used. Supported values: Default (Docker/Kubernetes), OpenShift. See Additional information. Default
--targetImage Container image to extend for the domain’s new image.
--type Installer type. Supported values: WLS, WLSDEV, WLSSLIM, FMW, IDM, OSB, OUD_WLS, SOA_OSB, SOA_OSB_B2B, MFT, WCP, OAM, OIG, OUD, OID, SOA, WCC, WCS, WCP WLS
--user Your Oracle support email ID. When supplying user, you must supply the password either as an environment variable using --passwordEnv, or as a file using --passwordFile, or interactively, on the command line with --password.
--version Installer version.

Additional information


This is an advanced option that let’s you provide additional commands to the Docker build step.
The input for this parameter is a simple text file that contains one or more of the valid sections. Valid sections for rebase:

Section Available Variables Build Stage Timing
initial-build-commands None All As root, and before any Image Tool actions.
before-jdk-install JAVA_HOME DOMAIN_HOME Intermediate (JDK_BUILD) Before the JDK is installed.
after-jdk-install JAVA_HOME DOMAIN_HOME Intermediate (JDK_BUILD) After the JDK is installed.
before-fmw-install JAVA_HOME ORACLE_HOME DOMAIN_HOME Intermediate (WLS_BUILD) Before the Oracle Home is created.
after-fmw-install JAVA_HOME ORACLE_HOME DOMAIN_HOME Intermediate (WLS_BUILD) After all of the Oracle middleware installers are finished.
final-build-commands JAVA_HOME ORACLE_HOME DOMAIN_HOME Final image After all Image Tool actions are complete, and just before the container image is finalized.

NOTE: Changes made in intermediate stages may not be carried forward to the final image unless copied manually.
The Image Tool will copy the Java Home and the Oracle Home directories to the final image.
Changes fully contained within these directories do not need an additional COPY command in the final-build-commands section. Each section can contain one or more valid Dockerfile commands and would look like the following:

RUN rm /some/dir/unnecessary-file
COPY --chown=oracle:oracle files/my_additional_file.txt /u01

LABEL owner="middleware team"


This option provides a way to supply additional files to the image build command. All provided files and directories are copied directly under the files subfolder of the build context.
To get those files into the image, additional build commands must be provided using the additionalBuildCommands options. Access to these files using a build command, such as COPY or ADD, should use the original filename with the folder prefix, files/. For example, if the original file was provided as --additionalBuildFiles /scratch/test1/, the Docker build command COPY provided in --additionalBuildCommands should look like COPY --chown=oracle:oracle files/ /my/internal/image/location.
Because Image Tool uses multi-stage builds, it is important to place the build command (like COPY) in the appropriate section of the Dockerfile based on when the build needs access to the file. For example, if the file is needed in the final image and not for installation or domain creation steps, use the final-build-commands section so that the COPY command occurs in the final stage of the image build. Or, if the file needs to change the Oracle Home prior to domain creation, use the after-fmw-install or before-wdt-command sections.


By default, the generated WLS domain in your image will use the best practices defined by Oracle WebLogic Server.
The target option allows you to toggle the defaults so that the generated domain is easier to use in the target environment. For example, the --target OpenShift option will change the file permissions in the domain directory so that the group permissions match the user permissions.

Target Default File Permissions Default File Ownership
Default rwxr-x--- oracle:oracle
OpenShift rwxrwx--- oracle:root

Use an argument file

You can save all arguments passed for the Image Tool in a file, then use the file as a parameter.

For example, create a file called build_args:

--tag wls:122140
--sourceImage wls:122130
--jdkVersion 8u221

Use it on the command line, as follows:

$ imagetool @/path/to/build_args

Usage scenarios

Note: Use --passwordEnv or --passwordFile instead of --password.

The commands below assume that all the required JDK, WLS, or FMW (WebLogic infrastructure) installers have been downloaded to the cache directory. Use the cache command to set it up.

  • Update the JDK for an existing domain. Copy the existing domain from sample:v1 where the JDK was 8u202 to a new image called sample:v2 and install the newer JDK 8u221 with WebLogic Server

    $ imagetool rebase --tag sample:v2 --sourceImage sample:v1 --version --jdkVersion 8u221
  • Update the Oracle Home for an existing domain with a newer WebLogic version. Copy a domain from an existing image to a new image with a new install of WebLogic Server Copy the domain from sample:v1 and select the desired WebLogic installer using the --version argument.

    $ imagetool rebase --tag sample:v2 --sourceImage sample:v1 --version --jdkVersion 8u221
  • Update the JDK and/or Oracle Home for an existing domain using another image with pre-installed binaries. Copy the domain from the source image named sample:v1 to a new image called sample:v2 based on a target image named fmw:12214. Note: The Oracle Home and JDK must be installed in the same same folders on each image.

    $ imagetool rebase --tag sample:v2 --sourceImage sample:v1 --targetImage fmw:12214