Public | Automated Build

Last pushed: a year ago
Short Description
Easily add certificates to the Docker for Mac beta daemon.
Full Description

Update 2016-11-30

See the faq for the official way of managing your Docker for Mac certificates.

TL;DR Certificates in your Mac Keychain will be imported into the list of Docker trusted certificates.

Inject Docker Certificates

Easily add certificates to the Docker for Mac beta daemon.

See Adding (self signed) certificates for the rough idea.

When trying to use a private Docker Registry in your Docker for Mac beta, you'll run into security issues: you need to configure the daemon to either accept an insecure registry or to use certificates. Ok, we're going to configure the certificates. This repo gives you a simple way to configure your Docker daemon inside a Docker for Mac beta VM.

Creating Certificates

Let's start with generating a full set of self signed certificates, along with a CA certificate. They'll be put into the ./certs subfolder:

DOMAIN=my-hostname PORT=5000 ./

You can obviously skip that step if you alread have some certificates. Please ensure that you provide the following files in the ./certs subfolder to make the following examples work:

  • ca.cert
  • cert.key
  • cert.cert

The Hack

Then we need to somehow copy those certificates into the Docker VM. That's actually quite easy when thinking about some little details:

  • the /Users/... folder is already mounted from your host into the VM
  • any folder, especially the /Users folder, can be mounted from the VM into a container
  • system folders like /etc can be mounted from the VM into a container

So, the container can access both your host's file system and the VM's file system. We're going to use the container to simply copy from the host (/certs) to the VM (/vm-etc). We also need to tell the Docker daemon to trust our certificates, which is why we also append our CA certificate to the VM's list of trusted certificates. Everything packaged in a Docker image, for your convenience:

docker run --rm -it -v `pwd`/certs:/certs -v /etc:/vm-etc -e DOMAIN=my-hostname -e PORT=5000 gesellix/inject-docker-certs

What's left? Running the registry. That's what it's all about, right?

docker run --rm -it -p 5000:5000 -v `pwd`/certs:/certs -e REGISTRY_HTTP_TLS_CERTIFICATE=/certs/my-hostname:5000/cert.cert -e REGISTRY_HTTP_TLS_KEY=/certs/my-hostname:5000/cert.key registry:2


When trying the hack on Docker for Mac beta 1.10 I needed to restart the Docker daemon. With the current release 1.11.1-beta11 (build: 6974) that doesn't seem to be necessary anymore. If you think you need to do so, here's another hack to ensure that the daemon will be restarted...

The Docker VM has cron running and already provides a structure to make a task run every 15 minutes. Instead of manually (and instantly) restart the daemon we can simply add a shell script to do it for us. The script is already prepared for that hack, so if need be you can simply un-comment the last two lines and mount the changed script into the container like this:

docker run --rm -it -v `pwd`/certs:/certs -v /etc:/vm-etc -e DOMAIN=my-hostname -e PORT=5000 -v `pwd`/ gesellix/inject-docker-certs

The downside of that approach is that you need to wait up to 15 minutes until you can be sure that the daemon has been restarted.


This hack is only necessary as long as the Docker for Mac (and Windows) is in beta. Since the VM will be clean after a restart, the method above helps to easily copy the certs back into the VM. The Docker maintainers will certainly find a way to make the whole setup much more convenient and less hacky.


If something crazy happens after applying this hack - please leave a note at the Docker forum thread.

If everything works beautifully nice and you're happy - relax :-)
You can also leave feedback at the forum or via Twitter @gesellix!

Docker Pull Command
Source Repository