macOS Setup Guide

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


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.


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


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
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/
git clone $GOPATH/src/
cd $GOPATH/src/

Build the binary

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


Copy the registry configuration file in place:

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

Running the Docker Registry under launchd

Copy the Docker registry plist into place:

plutil -lint docs/osx/com.docker.registry.plist
cp docs/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

Restarting the docker registry service

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

Unloading the docker registry service

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