Pushing Docker Images to Azure Container Registry Tutorial


Azure Container Registry (ACR) is a managed container registry service provided by Azure. It allows you to store and manage Docker images securely. In this tutorial, you will learn how to push Docker images to Azure Container Registry, enabling you to easily deploy and manage containerized applications in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Step 1: Install and Authenticate Docker

Before pushing Docker images to ACR, ensure that Docker is installed on your machine or development environment. Additionally, authenticate Docker with your Azure subscription by running the following command and following the prompt:

docker login .azurecr.io -u -p

Replace with the name of your Azure Container Registry, and provide your username and password. This authentication step is required to push images to the registry.

Step 2: Tag the Docker Image

Before pushing the Docker image, ensure it is properly tagged with the ACR login server address. Run the following command to tag the image:

docker tag .azurecr.io/:

Replace with the name of your Docker image and with a version or tag name. The is the name of your Azure Container Registry. This command associates the image with the specific ACR repository and version.

Step 3: Push the Docker Image

Once the Docker image is properly tagged, you can push it to Azure Container Registry using the following command:

docker push .azurecr.io/:

This command uploads the Docker image to the specified Azure Container Registry. The image is now available in ACR for deployment in AKS or any other Azure service that requires Docker images.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not properly authenticating Docker with the Azure Container Registry, leading to permission errors during image push.
  • Forgetting to tag the Docker image correctly with the ACR login server address, resulting in the image being pushed to the wrong registry or repository.
  • Pushing large or unnecessary image layers, which increases storage costs and deployment times.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use Azure Container Registry with other container runtimes?

    Yes, Azure Container Registry can be used with any container runtime that supports the Docker Registry v2 API, allowing you to pull and push images from various environments.

  2. How can I secure my Docker images in Azure Container Registry?

    You can secure your Docker images in ACR by enabling authentication and role-based access control (RBAC), enforcing SSL/TLS encryption, and leveraging Azure Private Link for private network access.

  3. Can I use Azure Container Registry for private images within my organization?

    Yes, you can restrict access to your Azure Container Registry to specific Azure subscriptions, resource groups, or individual users or groups, making it suitable for private images within your organization.

  4. How can I automate the Docker image push process to ACR?

    You can automate the Docker image push process to ACR by incorporating it into your CI/CD pipelines using tools like Azure DevOps, GitHub Actions, or Jenkins.

  5. Can I delete Docker images from Azure Container Registry?

    Yes, you can delete Docker images from ACR using the Azure portal, Azure CLI, or programmatically through the ACR REST API. Be cautious when deleting images as it may impact running services.


Pushing Docker images to Azure Container Registry (ACR) enables you to securely store and manage your container images. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can authenticate Docker with ACR, tag the Docker image correctly, and push it to the registry. This process allows for seamless deployment and management of containerized applications in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and other Azure services that rely on Docker images.