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Private Docker Registry

The docker-registry charm deploys a local image registry for your cluster, taking care of the storage and distribution of container images. There are a few reasons why this may be a useful option for your cluster:

  • Providing the images required by Charmed Kubernetes without requiring access to a public registry (e.g. in environments where network access is controlled, expensive or otherwise problematic).
  • Providing images required by workloads running on the cluster.

When deployed and related to the cluster as described below, this registry will be checked first for any image requests, so it can be used in addition to public registries. For more details of the mechanics of the Docker Registry, see the upstream documentation at


The registry is deployed as a stand-alone application. Many deployment scenarios are described in the charm readme. The most common scenario for Kubernetes integration is to configure a registry with TLS and basic (htpasswd) authentication enabled.

If needed, consult the quickstart guide to install Charmed Kubernetes. Then deploy and configure docker-registry as follows.

juju deploy docker-registry
juju integrate docker-registry easyrsa:client
juju config docker-registry \
  auth-basic-user='admin' \

Custom Certificates

Relating docker-registry to easyrsa above will generate new TLS data to support secure communication with the registry. Alternatively, custom TLS data may be provided as base64-encoded config options to the charm:

juju config docker-registry \
  tls-ca-blob=$(base64 /path/to/ca) \
  tls-cert-blob=$(base64 /path/to/cert) \
  tls-key-blob=$(base64 /path/to/key)

Proxied Registry

Advanced networking or highly available deployment scenarios may require multiple docker-registry units to be deployed behind a proxy. In this case, the network information of the proxy will be shared with the container runtime units when the registry is related.


SSL pass-thru is supported between 'docker-registry' and 'haproxy', though manual configuration is required. The recommended approach for a proxied registry is to disable SSL on 'docker-registry' prior to relating it to 'haproxy'. Consult the 'docker-registry' charm readme if SSL is required in a proxied environment.

The environment described in the Deploy section above can be adjusted to create a highly available registry as follows:

juju deploy haproxy
juju add-unit docker-registry
juju remove-relation docker-registry easyrsa:client
juju integrate docker-registry haproxy:reverseproxy

With multiple registry units deployed, the proxy relation allows for a highly available deployment. Load balancing across multiple registry units is not supported.


Make note of the registry address. By default, this address is only accessible within the deployment model. See the charm readme for host and proxy configuration options if desired.

export IP=`juju run --unit docker-registry/0 'network-get website --ingress-address'`
export PORT=`juju config docker-registry registry-port`

Verify basic authentication is working:

juju run --unit docker-registry/0 "docker login -u admin -p password $REGISTRY"
Login Succeeded

Connecting to a Charmed Kubernetes cluster

Relate the deployed registry to the appropriate container runtime for your cluster. This configures the runtime with authentication, proxy, and/or TLS data from the registry, and allows your registry to be used by the cluster to pull images for pods.


juju integrate docker-registry containerd


juju integrate docker-registry docker

Kubernetes images

A list of images that may be used by Charmed Kubernetes can be found in the container-images.txt document. This is a comprehensive list sorted by release; not all images are required for all deployments. Take note of the images required by your deployment that will need to be hosted in your private registry. A list of images required by a specific release is also included on the 'components' page in the documentation, for example, the list for the 1.24 release is located on the 1.24 components page

Hosting images

To make an image available in the deployed registry, it must be tagged and pushed. As an example, push the defaultbackend-amd64 image to docker-registry:

juju run docker-registry/0 \
  push \ \
  tag=$REGISTRY/defaultbackend-amd64:1.5 \
    outcome: success
    raw: pushed
  status: completed

The above procedure should be repeated for all required images.

Using the registry for cluster components

The image registry used by Charmed Kubernetes for images used in managing or supporting components of the cluster itself is controlled by a kubernetes-control-plane config option. Configure kubernetes-control-plane to use your private registry as follows:

juju config kubernetes-control-plane image-registry=$REGISTRY

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