Docker Store overview

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For developers and operators, Docker Store is the best way to discover high-quality Docker content.

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can utilize Docker Store to distribute and sell their Dockerized content. Publish your software through Docker Store to experience the following benefits:

  • Access to Docker’s large and growing customer-base. Docker has experienced rapid adoption, and is popular in dev-ops environments. Docker users have pulled images over twelve billion times and they are increasingly turning to Docker Store as the canonical source for high-quality, curated content.

  • Customers can try or buy your software, right from your product listing. Your content is accessible for installation, trial, and purchase from the Docker Store and the Docker CLI.

  • Use of Docker licensing support. Control who has access to your software: a) logged-in users, b) users who have purchased a license, or c) all Docker users. We’ll help you manage and control your distribution.

  • We handle checkout. You don’t need to set up your own digital e-commerce site when you sell your content through the Docker Store. Choose how much you want to charge for your products and we handle the billing.

  • Seamless updates and upgrades for your customers. We tell your customers when your content has upgrades or updates available.

  • Become Docker Certified. Publisher container images and plugins that meet the quality, security, and support criteria of the program displays a “Docker Certified” badge within the Docker Store (which can be used in external marketing).

How is Docker Store different from Docker Hub? What about Official Images?

Docker Hub contains community content - these are images that have been created by entities that are not vetted or curated. You can think of the community content you consume as the “Wild West”–anyone can push new images to the community and there are no guarantees around the quality or compatibility of this content.

Docker Store contains content that has been submitted for approval by qualified Store Vendor Partners. These products are published and maintained directly by a commercial entity. In addition, the Docker Certified logo distinguishes content by providing quality, provenance, and support assurances.

Official Images are an exception when it comes to community content; these images are maintained as open source community projects. All official images adhere to strict guidelines but are not necessarily backed by a commercial entity.

Note: Docker Hub and Docker Store leverage the same backend, the Docker Public Registry. In general, all publicly available community content should be visible via both Docker Hub and Docker Store, and this includes official images. Any content that has explicitly been added by a commercial entity and has gone through a vetting process with respect to content submission and best practices, is only available on Docker Store.

Distribution models

The Docker Store welcomes free and open-source content, as well as software sold directly by publishers. We support the following commercial models:

This commercial model allows customers to pay for ISV content via Docker, as described in the Store Vendor Partner agreement. Paid-via-Docker content includes both software that can be deployed on a host, as well as software that runs in the cloud and can be accessed by the customer via an agent (containerized cloud services, for example).

Licensed content via Docker Store BYOL program

ISVs can use Docker Store as an entitlement and distribution platform. Using APIs provided by Docker, ISVs can entitle users and distribute their Dockerized content to many different audiences:

  • Existing customers that want their licensed software made available as Docker containers.
  • New customers that are only interested in consuming their software as Docker containers.
  • Trial or beta customers, where the ISV can distribute feature or time limited software.

Docker provides a fulfillment service so that ISVs can programmatically entitle users, by creating subscriptions to their content in Docker Store. For more information, see Bring Your Own License (BYOL) products on Store.

Plugins and agents

ISVs have the ability to create and distribute plugin images for their customers to integrate with the ISV’s proprietary hardware or cloud infrastructure and Docker Enterprise Edition deployments.

You can apply to be a publisher and learn more about our Technology Partner Program.

What’s next?

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