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Azure Container Registry

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Azure Container Registry is a managed, private Docker registry service based on the open-source Docker Registry 2.0. Create and maintain Azure container registries to store and manage your private Docker container images and related artifacts.

Use Azure container registries with your existing container development and deployment pipelines, or use Azure Container Registry Tasks to build container images in Azure. Build on demand, or fully automate builds with triggers such as source code commits and base image updates.

Azure Container Registry

ACR Use Cases

Pull images from an Azure container registry to various deployment targets:

  • Scalable orchestration systems that manage containerized applications across clusters of hosts, including Kubernetes, DC/OS, and Docker Swarm.

  • Azure services that support building and running applications at scale, including Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), App Service, Batch, Service Fabric, and others.

Azure ACR and AKS Integration

Run ACR in Hybrid Environment

Run ACR in Hybrid Environment

ACR Key Features

  • Registry service tiers

  • Security and access

  • Supported images and artifacts

  • Automated image builds

  • Multi-step tasks


Azure Container Registry is available in multiple service tiers (also known as SKUs). These tiers provide predictable pricing and several options for aligning to the capacity and usage patterns of your private Docker registry in Azure.


ACR Authentication

There are several ways to authenticate with an Azure container registry, each of which is applicable to one or more registry usage scenarios.

Recommended ways include

· Authenticate to a registry directly via individual login

· Applications and container orchestrators can perform unattended, or "headless," authentication by using an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) service principal

ACR Cost

ACR have multiple SKUs and all those SKUs have their own pricing.

ACR Cost

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