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Announcing Oracle Container Runtime for Docker Release 18.03

Avi Miller
Product Management Director, Oracle Linux

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle Container Runtime for Docker version 18.03. Oracle Container Runtime allows you to create and distribute applications across Oracle Linux systems and other operating systems that support Docker. Oracle Container Runtime for Docker consists of the Docker Engine, which packages and runs the applications, and integrates with the Docker Hub, Docker Store and Oracle Container Registry to share the applications in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud.

Notable Updates

  • Oracle has implemented multi-registry support that makes it possible to run the daemon with the --add-registry flag, to include a list of additional registries to query when performing a pull operation. This functionality, currently available as a technology preview, enables Oracle Container Runtime for Docker to use the Oracle Container Registry as the default registry to search for container images, before falling back to alternate registry sources such as a local mirror, the Docker Hub or Docker Store. Other functionality available in this feature includes the --block-registry flag which can be used to prevent access to a particular Docker registry. Registry lists ensure that all images are prefixed with their source registry automatically, so that a listing of Docker images always indicates the source registry from which an image was pulled.
  • Docker 18.03 introduces enhancements that allow for better integration with Kubernetes orchestration as an alternative to Docker Swarm, including changes to follow namespace conventions used across a variety of other containerization projects.
  • The Dockerfile can also now exist outside of the build-context, allowing you to store Dockerfiles together and to reference their paths in the docker build command on stdin.
  • Several improvements to logging and access to docker logs have been added, including the --until flag to limit the log lines to those that occurred before the specified timestamp.
  • Experimental Docker trust management commands have been added to better handle trust management on Docker images. See the docker trust command for more information.


To learn how to upgrade from a previously supported version of Oracle Container Runtime for Docker, please review the Upgrading Oracle Container Runtime for Docker chapter of the documentation. Note that upgrading from a developer preview release is not supported by Oracle.


Support for the Oracle Container Runtime for Docker is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

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