gVisor Installation

You can mostly get by just following installation instructions in the gVisor Docker Quick Start guide.

There are a few caveats to installation, which likely depend on your local environment. For systemd based OS, you do need to configure the Docker daemon to avoid systemd cgroups.

Follow the installation and quick start directions like normal:

% yay -S gvisor-bin
% sudo runsc install

You do need to instruct Docker to avoid systemd cgroups. You will need to make further changes to /etc/docker/daemon.json and restart the Docker service:

    "runtimes": {
        "runsc": {
            "path": "/usr/bin/runsc"
    "exec-opts": ["native.cgroupdriver=cgroupfs"]

Docker is correctly configured when you can run this command from the quick start guide:

% docker run --rm -ti --runtime=runsc readthedocs/build dmesg
[    0.000000] Starting gVisor...

Testing gVisor

You can enable the gVisor feature flag on a project and you should see the container created with runtime=runsc now.