Auto-publish Docker Images with Github Actions

Auto-publish Docker Images with Github Actions

October 22, 2021 – Tech – Written by @simoelalj


Since September 2021, Docker changed its business model, and No longer allows to auto-build Dockerfiles for free.

You can easily use to Github Action as a Continuous Deployment strategy for Docker images.

This script will also build both arm64 (works natively with Apple silicon macs) and amd64 images!

First, head to the "Action" tab on your Github project


And create the following workflow:

name: Docker Image CI

    types: [published]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - name: Get the version
        id: vars
        run: echo ::set-output name=tag::$(echo ${GITHUB_REF:10})
        name: Checkout
        uses: actions/[email protected]
        name: Set up QEMU
        uses: docker/setup-qemu-[email protected]
        name: Set up Docker Buildx
        uses: docker/setup-buildx-[email protected]
        name: Login to DockerHub
        uses: docker/login-[email protected] 
          username: ${{ secrets.DOCKERHUB_USERNAME }}
          password: ${{ secrets.DOCKERHUB_PASSWORD }}
        name: Build and push
        uses: docker/build-push-[email protected]
          context: .
          platforms: linux/amd64,linux/arm64
          push: true
          tags: ${{ github.repository }}:latest,${{ github.repository }}:${{steps.vars.outputs.tag}}

On your settings, set the secrets for DOCKERHUB_USERNAME and DOCKERHUB_PASSWORD


You will need to create a Docker hub token that will be used as a password:


And now, as soon as you tag a new release on Github, it will auto-build the image, tag it and publish it :)

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