In a real setup, having ephemeral data storage or at least unreliable data storage is most often a no-go. Hopefully, the registry container provides a nice and easy way to use a «cloud» backend storage.
A few different options exist and are supported out of the box by the registry container image, like Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Openstack Swift.
There is a few differences between the storage engines used, but mostly, it's a matter of changing the SETTINGS_FLAVOR environment variable and a few required env vars that depends on your choice. We'll see how to use Amazon S3 as our data storage backend.
Create a S3 bucket and IAM permissions
Create an S3 bucket, and write down its name and the AWS zone it runs in.
Now, you need write permissions for your container. I advice that you create a new IAM (the amazon ACL manager service) user dedicated for the task of storing and retrieving docker images, so you don't mix it up with eventual other users / credentials you may have on amazon web services.
Run a container backed by S3
docker run \ -e SETTINGS_FLAVOR=s3 \ -e AWS_BUCKET=mybucket \ -e STORAGE_PATH=/registry \ -e AWS_KEY=myawskey \ -e AWS_SECRET=myawssecret \ -e SEARCH_BACKEND=sqlalchemy \ -p 5000:5000 \ registry
According to the readme, it does the job. You need to know a few things though...
S3 flavour comes with DEBUG=false by default
Unlike the first container we run with local storage, default behaviour is not to output anything, and if you need debug, you'll have to add
If you need to tune the logging verbosity, you also can use
Specify AWS region
You should provide the Amazon Web Service region in environment (this depends on your S3 bucket location).
Make sure that your host time is correct
One of the hardest to understand problems I came into when setting it up first was that the boot2docker virtual machine time was set on docker host time on boot, then never synced again. What happened is that everytime my laptop was closed, the host clock was still running on the main computer, but not on the docker host virtual machine, which caused time differences. Not a big deal, unless you try to authenticate with amazon web services ...
If you use boot2docker (and run into AWS authentication problems, freeze on container start, boto connection problems, timeouts ...), then make sure that you sync time before you try to run the registry:
boot2docker ssh -- sudo ntpclient -s -h pool.ntp.org
boto is a python library that handles connections and exchanges with amazon web services, and it is the library used by the registry container to connect, read and write to S3.
Running container on Digital Ocean with IPv6 enabled
Apparently, docker does not behave well with the digital ocean ipv6 setup. You have to use IPv4 name servers, either by setting it globally in /etc/default/docker, or in the docker run command line.
--dns 22.214.171.124 --dns 126.96.36.199
Wrapping it up
Here is my complete script that runs the registry container on S3:
#!/bin/bash NAME=registry IMAGE=registry:0.9.0 BUCKET=mybucket BUCKET_PATH=/docker/registry AWS_KEY=your-aws-key AWS_SECRET=your-aws-secret AWS_REGION=eu-west-1 docker stop $NAME docker kill $NAME docker rm $NAME docker run \ -e SETTINGS_FLAVOR=s3 \ -e AWS_BUCKET=$BUCKET \ -e STORAGE_PATH=$BUCKET_PATH \ -e AWS_KEY=$AWS_KEY \ -e AWS_SECRET=$AWS_SECRET \ -e AWS_REGION=$AWS_REGION \ -e SEARCH_BACKEND=sqlalchemy \ -e GUNICORN_OPTS=[--preload] \ --dns 188.8.131.52 --dns 184.108.40.206 \ -p 5000:5000 \ --name $NAME \ -d $IMAGE