Docker Registry

:warning: This only acts as a source of images, and does not include support for deploying Docker images.

When configuring Docker Registries, an Account maps to a credential able to authenticate against a certain set of Docker repositories.


The Docker Registry you are configuring must already exist, support the v2 registry API, and have at least 1 tag among the repositories you define in your Account. While each different supported registry supports the same API, there are still some subtleties in getting them to work with Spinnaker. Please make sure you read the section below corresponding to your registry of choice:


The DockerHub registry address is, keep track of this for later:

Dockerhub hosts a mix of public and private repositories, but does not expose a catalog endpoint to programatically list them. Therefore you need to explicitly list which Docker repositories you want to index and deploy. For example, if you wanted to deploy the public NGINX image, alongside your private app image, your list of repositories would look like:

REPOSITORIES=library/nginx yourusername/app

NOTE: Keep in mind that the repository name is typically either prefixed with library/ for most public images, or <username>/ for images belonging to user <username>/.

If any of your images aren’t publicly available, make sure you know your DockerHub username & password to supply to hal later:


Google Container Registry

There are a few different registry addresses for GCR, depending on where you want to store your images. A good starting point is, but there more options available.

Google Container Registry (GCR) supports the catalog endpoint to programatically list all images available to your credentials. To make use of this, you need to enable the Resource Manager API, so you don’t need to worry about supplying repositories by hand. However, providing credentials is not straight-forward.

There are two ways to authenticate against GCR. The first, using an access token, is problematic for Spinnaker since the access token is short-lived. The second, using a service account is preferred. The following steps will guide you through creating & downloading a service account to be used as your password with the required roles/storage.admin role, assuming the registry exists in your currently configured gcloud project.


gcloud iam service-accounts create \
    --display-name $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_NAME

SA_EMAIL=$(gcloud iam service-accounts list \
    --filter="displayName:$SERVICE_ACCOUNT_NAME" \

PROJECT=$(gcloud info --format='value(config.project)')

gcloud projects add-iam-policy-binding $PROJECT \
    --role roles/storage.admin --member serviceAccount:$SA_EMAIL

mkdir -p $(dirname $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST)

gcloud iam service-accounts keys create $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST \
    --iam-account $SA_EMAIL

Once you have run these commands, your GCR password is sitting in a file called $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_DEST. For Spinnaker to authenticate against GCR, keep track of these environment vars to be passed to hal later:

# this is always the username for this authentication format

:warning: You will want to supply --password-file $PASSWORD_FILE rather than --password $PASSWORD below.

Other Registries

Most registries will fit either the Dockerhub or GCR pattern described above, or some mix of the two. In all cases you will need to know the FQDN of the registry, and your username/password pair if you are accessing private images. If your registry supports the /_catalog endpoint you do not have to list your repositories. If it does not, keep in mind that the repository names are generally of the form <username>/<image name>. Halyard will verify this for you.

Registry FQDN Catalog
GCR,,,, Yes
DockerHub No
Quay Yes
JFrog Artifactory ?

Adding an Account

First, make sure that the provider is enabled:

hal config provider docker-registry enable

Assuming that your registry has address $ADDRESS, with repositories $REPOSITORIES, username $USERNAME, and password $PASSWORD, run the following hal command to add an account named my-docker-registry to your list of Docker Registry accounts:

hal config provider docker-registry account add my-docker-registry \
    --address $ADDRESS \
    --repositories $REPOSITORIES \
    --username $USERNAME \
    --password # Do not supply your password as a flag, you will be prompted for your 
               # password on STDIN

Advanced Account Settings

If you are looking for more configurability, please see the other options listed in the Halyard Reference.