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GitHub Container Registry (GHCR): Your Solution for Image Management



In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, containerization has revolutionized software development and deployment. A crucial aspect of containerization is efficient management of container images, which is where container registries play a vital role. In this article, we will explore the significance of container registries and how they facilitate seamless image storage and distribution within organizations and personal accounts.

Container Registries: Streamlining Image Management:

Container registries are essential tools for managing container images effectively. They provide a centralized location for storing and distributing container images, ensuring easy access and seamless collaboration among developers. One such registry is the GitHub Container Registry (GHCR), which integrates seamlessly with GitHub repositories.

Step-by-Step Guide: Setting Up GitHub Container Registry and Authenticating with GitHub for Docker Image Deployment:

Setting up the GitHub Container Registry (GHCR) and guide you through the process of building and pushing a Docker image to GHCR. Here are the steps to get started:

1. Create a GitHub repository: If you haven’t already, create a new repository on GitHub where you want to store your Docker image.

2. Prepare your Docker file: Create a Docker file in your local development environment. The Docker file should contain the necessary instructions to build your Docker image. Make sure you have the Docker file ready before proceeding to the next step. Add necessary instructions to the Docker file, see below figure for instructions.

3. Authenticate with GHCR: To push Docker images to GHCR, you need to authenticate with GitHub. Follow the official GitHub documentation to generate a personal access token (PAT) with the appropriate permissions.

4. Tag your Docker image: Before pushing the image to GHCR, you need to tag it with the GHCR repository URL.

– The format for the GHCR repository URL is:


> Replace `<username>` with your GitHub username, `<repository>` with the name of your repository, and `<tag>` with the desired tag for your image.

For example, if your GitHub username is `xyz678` and your repository is named `abcd`, you can tag your image as ``.

5. Build and push the Docker image: Open your terminal or command prompt and navigate to the directory where your Docker file is located. Run the following command to build and push the Docker image to GHCR:

– For Building the image use the below command format to execute it:

“docker build -t<username>/<repository>:<tag>-f /path/to/Dockerfile .”

– For pushing the image to GHCR use the below command format to execute it:

“docker push<username>/<repository>:<tag>”

> Replace `<username>`, `<repository>`, and `<tag>` with the values specific to your repository and image. (Applies for both the above command format)

6. Verify the image in GHCR:

– Once the push is successful, you can navigate to your GitHub your Profile on the   GitHub website.

– Go to the “Packages” tab, and you should see your Docker image listed in the GitHub Container Registry.

Inside Your Profile Section:

Docker image listed in the GHCR:

Reflections and Resolutions:

Container registries, such as the GitHub Container Registry, have simplified the management of container images. By providing a centralized location for storage and distribution, container registries streamline collaboration and enhance the efficiency of software development and deployment. With the step-by-step guide provided, you can easily set up the GitHub Container Registry and authenticate with GitHub for seamless Docker image deployment.

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