Using a mirrored image

How to use a mirrored image

If you've mirrored an image to your local repository then you can just use that instead of the public reference.

For example, if you mirrored the golang:alpine image to then just reference it as

How to use both public & mirrored images in the same Dockerfile

If, like myself, you have a lot of Open Sourced projects you want to have a single Dockerfile which anyone can run without having access to, or even knowledge of your private repository.

The solution to this is to use build arguments.

Here's an example from one of my Dockerfiles (actually from the Dockerfile that builds this actual site):

1ARG prefix
2FROM ${prefix}golang:alpine AS build

Here we have a build argument prefix and in the FROM line we've prefixed the source image name, so where we want to use golang:alpine we've defined it as ${prefix}golang:alpine.

When someone runs the build, prefix defaults to "" so they get the public golang:alpine image.

However, locally you can run docker build passing the prefix to your local repository:

1docker build --build-arg -t myproject:latest .

As you've now set the prefix to point to your local repository then the build will now use the local image instead of the public one.

Last modified October 28, 2021: Use proper highlighting (42d84ca)