What is zot?¶
zot is a production-ready, open-source, vendor-neutral container image registry server based purely on OCI standards.
Two broad trends are changing how we build, distribute, and consume software. The first trend is the increasing adoption of container technologies. The second trend is that software solutions are being composed by combining elements from various sources rather than being built entirely from scratch. The latter trend raises the importance of software provenance and supply chain security. In both trends, zot intends to play an important role by providing a production-ready, open-source, vendor-neutral container image registry server based purely on OCI standards.
What is an OCI image registry?¶
An OCI image registry is a server-based application that allows you to store, manage, and share container images. A developer uploads (pushes) an image to the registry for distribution. Users can then download (pull) the image to run on their systems. The OCI Distribution Specification, published by the Open Container Initiative (OCI), defines a standard API protocol for these and other image registry operations.
An image registry can be a part of your continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline when you host zot on your public or private server. In its minimal form, you can also embed a zot registry in a product. In either case, zot provides a secure software supply chain for container images.
zot = OCI Distribution Specification + OCI Image Format
At its heart, zot is a production-ready, vendor-neutral OCI image registry with images stored in the OCI image format and with the OCI distribution specification on-the-wire. zot is built for developers by developers, offering features such as minimal deployment using a single binary image, built-in authentication and authorization, and inline garbage collection and storage deduplication.
Some of the principal advantages of zot are:
OCI standards-only both on-the-wire and on-disk
Clear separation between core distribution spec and zot-specific extensions
Single binary with many features built-in
Suitable for deployments in cloud, bare-metal, and embedded devices
zot fully conforms to the OCI Distribution Specification.
The following table lists additional advantages of zot:
|Distribution Spec conformance||yes|
|CNCF project||accepted as a Sandbox Project|
|Single binary image*||yes|
|Storage Layout||OCIv1 Image Layout|
|Cloud storage support||yes|
|Delete by tag||yes|
|Command line interface (cli)||yes|
|External contributions||beta available|
* The minimal build feature is the ability to build a minimal Distribution Spec compliant registry in order to reduce library dependencies and the possible attack surface.