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Building and Managing a Private Docker Registry


Setting up a private Docker registry on ServerStadium’s infrastructure (VM Pricing, Dedicated Servers) offers control over Docker image distribution and security, which is crucial for sensitive or proprietary projects.


  • A ServerStadium VM or dedicated server (VM Pricing, Dedicated Servers)
  • Basic knowledge of Docker and Linux server administration.
  • Docker installed on your server.

Step 1: Set Up Your ServerStadium Server

  1. Choose a Server: Opt for a ServerStadium server that meets the storage requirements for your Docker images.
  2. Server Preparation:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Docker

  1. Install Docker:

    If Docker is not already installed, install it:

    sudo apt install

Step 3: Deploy the Docker Registry

  1. Run Docker Registry Container:

    Deploy the official Docker registry as a container:

    sudo docker run -d -p 5000:5000 –restart=always –name registry registry:2

    This command starts a Docker registry listening on port 5000.

Step 4: Secure Your Registry

  1. Implement SSL/TLS:

    For production environments, configure SSL/TLS to secure your registry:

    • Place your SSL certificate and key in a directory (e.g., /certs).
    • Rerun the registry container with SSL enabled:

      sudo docker run -d -p 5000:5000 –restart=always –name registry
      -v /certs:/certs -e REGISTRY_HTTP_TLS_CERTIFICATE=/certs/domain.crt
      -e REGISTRY_HTTP_TLS_KEY=/certs/domain.key registry:2

  2. Set Up Basic Authentication (Optional):
    • Use htpasswd to create a password file.
    • Restart the registry container with the -v flag to mount the auth directory.

Step 5: Manage and Use Your Registry

  1. Push and Pull Images:
    • Tag your Docker images with your registry’s address and port.
    • Push images using docker push and pull images using docker pull.
  2. Registry Maintenance:

    Regularly monitor and back up your registry data. Implement automated cleanup scripts if necessary.


Your private Docker registry on ServerStadium is now operational, offering a secure and efficient way to manage Docker images. For additional support or advanced configurations like registry clustering and storage backends, visit our knowledge base or contact our support team.

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