AWS Beanstalk docker image automatic update doesn't work

I have a node.js application packaged in a docker image hosted in a public repository.

I have deployed that image in an AWS Beanstalk docker application successfully. The problem is that I was expecting the Beanstalk application to be automatically updated when I update the image in the public repository, as the following configuration sugggests.

  "AWSEBDockerrunVersion": "1",
  "Image": {
    "Name": "peveuve/dynamio-payment-service",
    "Update": "true"
  "Ports": [
      "ContainerPort": "8000"
  "Logging": "/var/log/dynamio"

The Dockerfile is very simple:

FROM node:4.2.1-onbuild
# Environment variables
# expose application port outside

The Amazon documentation is pretty clear on that:

Optionally include the Update key. The default value is "true" and instructs Elastic Beanstalk to check the repository, pull any updates to the image, and overwrite any cached images.

But I have to update the Beanstalk application manually by uploading a new version of the descriptor. Did I miss something? Is it supposed to work like that?

Answers 1

  • The documentation should be more clear. What they are saying is with update=true:

    EBS will do a docker pull before it does a docker run when the application is first started. It will not continually poll docker hub.

    In contrast, issuing a docker run without first doing a docker pull will always use the locally stored version of that machine, which may not always be the latest.

    In order to acheive what you want, you'll need to set up a webhook on Docker Hub, that calls an application you control, that rebuilds your ELB app.

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