If you are getting a 'x509: failed to load system roots and no roots provided' error when you run an HTTPS from inside a container, this might help.
This issue can happen if the base image used to build your Docker container does not have the CA certificates. Here is how it can be reproduced:
FROM ubuntu:14.04.1 CMD curl https://www.google.com
Running this container might generate something like this:
x509: failed to load system roots and no roots provided
The reason for this is that the base image (
ubuntu:14.04.1 in this case) does not have the root CA certificates installed. The solution is easy enough. Install them as part of your image build:
FROM ubuntu:14.04.1 RUN apt-get update RUN apt-get install -y ca-certificates CMD curl https://www.google.com