macOS setup guide

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This page contains information about hosting your own registry using the open source Docker Registry. For information about Docker Hub, which offers a hosted registry with additional features such as teams, organizations, web hooks, automated builds, etc, see Docker Hub.

Use-case

This is useful if you intend to run a registry server natively on macOS.

Alternatives

You can start a VM on macOS, and deploy your registry normally as a container using Docker inside that VM.

The simplest road to get there is traditionally to use the docker Toolbox, or docker-machine, which usually relies on the boot2docker ISO inside a VirtualBox VM.

Solution

Using the method described here, you install and compile your own from the git repository and run it as an macOS agent.

Gotchas

Production services operation on macOS is out of scope of this document. Be sure you understand well these aspects before considering going to production with this.

Setup golang on your machine

If you know, safely skip to the next section.

If you don’t, the TLDR is:

bash < <(curl -s -S -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/moovweb/gvm/master/binscripts/gvm-installer)
source ~/.gvm/scripts/gvm
gvm install go1.4.2
gvm use go1.4.2

If you want to understand, you should read How to Write Go Code.

Checkout the Docker Distribution source tree

mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/docker
git clone https://github.com/docker/distribution.git $GOPATH/src/github.com/docker/distribution
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/docker/distribution

Build the binary

GOPATH=$(PWD)/Godeps/_workspace:$GOPATH make binaries
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/libexec
sudo cp bin/registry /usr/local/libexec/registry

Setup

Copy the registry configuration file in place:

mkdir /Users/Shared/Registry
cp docs/osx/config.yml /Users/Shared/Registry/config.yml

Run the Docker Registry under launchd

Copy the Docker registry plist into place:

plutil -lint registry/recipes/osx/com.docker.registry.plist
cp registry/recipes/osx/com.docker.registry.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
chmod 644 ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.docker.registry.plist

Start the Docker registry:

launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.docker.registry.plist

Restart the docker registry service

launchctl stop com.docker.registry
launchctl start com.docker.registry

Unload the docker registry service

launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.docker.registry.plist
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