How To Share Docker Image With Someone Without Docker Hub Registry?

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Docker Container

Hello Folks!

So, you already read the title of this article. I felt the need to share Docker image that I have built with my colleague. But not via Docker hub or any other private or public container registry. Therefore, I tried to find what is the solution to it.

Basically Docker images are not stored in open form like LXCs as you can see below.


Initially I thought I can just copy files from data directory “/var/lib/docker/image” but it was not that easy :).

In order to share the image, we need to use some tools provided by Docker itself. Following command will export image to a tar file.

$ sudo docker save --output ubuntu-bionic.tar apexoutlook/ubuntu:bionic
$ ls -lh ubuntu-bionic.tar
-rw------- 1 root root 2.7G Mar  5 15:59 ubuntu-bionic.tar

From above command, we have got the image that can be copied to any other system. Once copied, this image can be imported using following command.

$ sudo docker load --input ubuntu-bionic.tar
$ sudo docker image ls

Finally we are able to share the images without relying on a registry creation. It was very simple I’ll say as easy as copying files ;).


Hey Friends, Thank you for visiting my blog and spending some of your precious time reading it. Myself Aryan who works with a variety of computer technologies. This blog is a write-up of my understanding of various topics after reading different materials about it. I hope that it helps you in some way. Enjoy reading and feel free to connect with me.


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