Docker Registry with Basic Authentication

In the last tutorial, we set up a secure docker registry. Now we want to add authentication to this registry to prevent any unauthorized user from pushing any image to our registry. This will not be a role-based authentication we will set up Basic Authentication.

Let’s get started!

First, we will create a directory named auth.

gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ mkdir auth

first, install htpasswd using below command

gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ apt-get install apache2-utils

Then we will use htpasswd to set up basic authentication.

gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ htpasswd -bnB gaurav password > auth/htpasswd
gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ cat auth/htpasswd

Also notice we have used flags ‘-bnB’ here ‘b’ stands for batch execution, ‘n’ is to display the output of command execution and ‘B’ is used to encrypt the password using bcrypt function.

We have defined username as ‘gaurav’ and password as ‘password’.

The output of this command is generated in the auth folder in a file named ‘htpasswd’. 

You can see in the above output the username and password generated in the ‘htpasswd’ file.

Now we will run our container registry using the below command

gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ docker container run -d -p 5000:5000 --name registry_basic -v "$(pwd)"/auth:/auth -v "$(pwd)"/certs:/certs -e REGISTRY_AUTH=htpasswd -e REGISTRY_AUTH_HTPASSWD_REALM="Registry Realm" -e REGISTRY_AUTH_HTPASSWD_PATH=/auth/htpasswd -e REGISTRY_HTTP_TLS_CERTIFICATE=/certs/domain.crt -e REGISTRY_HTTP_TLS_KEY=/certs/domain.key registry
gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ docker container ls
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE      COMMAND                  CREATED         STATUS         PORTS                    NAMES
00c5f5104add   registry   "/ /etc…"   7 seconds ago   Up 2 seconds>5000/tcp   registry_basic

Our container registry is up and running after the above step.

Now if we try to push an image to this container registry without supplying username and password we get the following error.

[email protected]:~$ docker image push repo.docker.local:5000/redis
Using default tag: latest
The push refers to repository [repo.docker.local:5000/redis]
262de04acb7e: Preparing
45f6df634253: Preparing
e46136075591: Preparing
11f991845040: Preparing
dd1ebb1f5319: Preparing
814bff734324: Preparing
no basic auth credentials
[email protected]:~$

To push the image now, we will need to login to the container registry first. Use the below command to login to the container registry.

gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ docker login repo.docker.local:5000
Username: gaurav
WARNING! Your password will be stored unencrypted in /home/gaurav/.docker/config.json.
Configure a credential helper to remove this warning. See
Login Succeeded

Now let’s push the same image again.

[email protected]:~$ docker image push repo.docker.local:5000/redis
Using default tag: latest
The push refers to repository [repo.docker.local:5000/redis]
262de04acb7e: Pushed
45f6df634253: Pushed
e46136075591: Pushed
11f991845040: Pushed
dd1ebb1f5319: Pushed
814bff734324: Pushed
latest: digest: sha256:1bd57e1a42b99ae53412b582784d0362fa8205243ce5f289cb4f76de2907cb97 size: 1574
[email protected]:~$

The image is pushed successfully!

For logging out we can use the following command.

gaurav@learning-ocean:~$ docker logout repo.docker.local:5000
Removing login credentials for repo.docker.local:5000
[email protected]:~$