sem-service: Managing databases and services on Linux

The sem-service is a utility on Linux based virtual machines for starting, stopping and getting the status of background services. Started services will listen on and their default port. The IP address includes all available network interfaces. Essentially, you will be using services as if they were natively installed in the Operating System.

The general form of a sem-service command is as follows:

sem-service start [mysql | postgres | redis | memcached | mongodb | elasticsearch] [version]

Therefore, each sem-service command requires at least two parameters: the first one is the task you want to perform and the second parameter is the name of the service that will be used for the task. The third parameter is optional and is the version of the service that you want to start. If no version value is given, a default value will be used according to the following list:

  • mysql: The default value is 5.6
  • postgres: The default value is 10.6
  • redis: The default value is 4
  • memcached: The default value is 1.5
  • mongodb: The default value is 4.1
  • elasticsearch: The default value is 6.5.1

sem-service pulls images from Docker Hub and supports all versions that are available in Docker Hub. You can find the list of available versions at the following URLs:

The following are valid uses of sem-service:

sem-service start redis
sem-service stop redis
sem-service start redis 5
sem-service status postgres
sem-service start postgres 11
sem-service status mysql
sem-service start memcached
sem-service start elasticsearch
sem-service start elasticsearch 6.5.2
sem-service start mongodb
sem-service start mongodb 3.2


  • The default MySQL username is root and password is blank.
  • The default PostgreSQL username is postgres and password is blank.

Services are not automatically shared across blocks. To do that, start services within the prologue property of each task and populate data as needed.

Example sem-service in your pipelines:

version: v1.0
name: Testing sem-service
    type: e1-standard-2
    os_image: ubuntu1804

  - name: Databases
        - name: DB_NAME
          value: "test"
      - name: MySQL
          - sem-service start mysql
          - sudo apt-get install -y -qq mysql-client
          - mysql --host= -uroot -e "create database $DB_NAME"
          - mysql --host= -uroot -e "show databases" | grep $DB_NAME
          - sem-service status mysql

      - name: PostgreSQL
          - sem-service start postgres
          - sudo apt-get install -y -qq postgresql-client
          - createdb -U postgres -h $DB_NAME
          - psql -h -U postgres -c "\l" | grep $DB_NAME
          - sem-service status postgres

      - name: Redis
          - sem-service start redis
          - sem-service status redis

      - name: Memcached
          - sem-service start memcached
          - sem-service status memcached

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