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👉 Extensions provide additional registry features that are not a part of the Distribution Specification.

The following extensions are currently available with zot:

  • Search (enhanced)
  • Sync
  • Lint
  • Scrub
  • Metrics

About extensions

The OCI Distribution Specification supports extending the functionality of an OCI-compliant registry implementation by adding extensions. Extensions are new APIs developed outside of the core OCI specs. Developers may propose their extensions to the OCI for possible future addition to the Distribution Specification.

Wherever applicable, extensions can be dynamically discovered using the extensions support of the OCI Distribution Specification.

⚠ Extension features of zot are available only with a full zot image. They are excluded from the minimal zot image.

Extensions implemented in zot

The following extensions are currently supported:

One of the key functions of a container image registry (which is essentially a graph of blobs) is the ability to perform interesting image and graph traversal queries. The user interacts with the search extension via a graphQL endpoint. The schema is published with every release.

Examples of queries are:

  • "Does an image exist?"
  • "What is its size?"
  • "Does an image depend on this image via its layers?"
  • "What vulnerabilities exist in an image or its dependent images?"

👉 Currently, search is the only zot extension that is accessible via HTTP APIs and is discoverable using the OCI extensions mechanism.


You can deplay a local mirror pointing to an upstream zot instance with various container image download policies, including on-demand and periodic downloads. The sync function is useful to avoid overwhelming the upstream instance, or if the upstream instance has rate-limited access.

💡 is supported as an upstream mirror.


The lint extension helps to avoid image compliance issues by enforcing certain policies about the image or the image metadata. Currently, lint can check an uploaded image to enforce the presence of required annotations such as the author or the license.


Although container images are content-addressable with their SHA256 checksums, and validations are performed during storage and retrieval, it is possible that bit-rot sets in when not in use. The scrub extension actively scans container images in the background to proactively detect errors.


The metrics extension adds a node exporter, which is not present in the minimal build.

For information about configuring zot extensions, see Configuring zot.

Last update: December 21, 2022