Codewind Docker registry guidance

When you run Codewind on Kubernetes, Codewind uses buildah to build container images from Dockerfiles and then push the images to a container registry that you specify.

Codewind is flexible with the registry that can be used as long as buildah and the node that Codewind is running on can resolve the registry hostname. If buildah is unable to resolve the registry hostname, buildah will be unable to push your projects to the registry and will prevent deployment on Kubernetes.

Before you proceed, see the examples section on recommended values for common registries:


The following deployment registries have been tested and verified with Codewind:

  • Dockerhub:
    • Host:
    • Codewind deployment registry:<username>
    • Credentials: Dockerhub user name and password
    • Host:
    • Codewind deployment registry:<username>
    • Credentials: user name and encrpyted password
  • Artifactory
    • Host: <artifactory-hostname>
    • Codewind deployment registry: <artifactory-hostname>/<username>
    • Credentials: Artifactory user name and token
  • OpenShift Registry
    • Host: docker-registry.default.svc:5000
    • Codewind deployment registry: docker-registry.default.svc:5000/<project>
    • Credentials: OpenShift user name and token

Step 1: Authenticating registry credentials

To push to the container registry, first add the registry credentials with Che.

  1. On the Che dashboard, click the Administration tab in the sidebar.
  2. Click Add Registry.
  3. Enter the container registry host, such as or
  4. Enter your user credentials for the registry. These credentials are passed into each Codewind workspace that is deployed in your user account in Che.
  5. If a Codewind workspace is already running, restart the workspace to make the changes take effect.

Step 2: Specifying the deployment registry for the Codewind workspace

Before you deploy your project with Codewind, first specify a deployment registry to push the images to.

  1. When you first deploy a project in Codewind, Codewind prompts you to set a deployment registry.
    • If Codewind detects the registry is unset, Codewind prompts before deploying a project.
  2. Enter a path with which to push your container.
    • Important: Before attempting this step, ensure that you have entered the registry credentials with the Che dashboard.
  3. Codewind asks if you want to verify push permissions. If you select yes, Codewind pushes a small hello-world image to the registry to verify permissions.

Instructions specific to IBM Cloud Private

  • The internal Docker registry on IBM Cloud Private is not supported. Instead, you need to use either an external registry or a container registry that you installed yourself.
    • If a registry that you installed is using self-signed certificates, the registry must be whitelisted in both Kubernetes and Docker on all nodes.
  • The,, and artifactory container registry hosts have been tested with IBM Cloud Private.

Instructions specific to OKD and OpenShift

To use the OpenShift internal Docker registry with Codewind, see Using the OpenShift Internal Registry with Codewind.