Image Management for Kubernetes
We're building an image management solution for Kubernetes (and possibly other orchestrators). At its heart is the Trow Registry, which runs inside the cluster, is simple to set-up and fully integrated with Kubernetes, including support for auditing and RBAC.
"Trow" is a word with multiple, divergent meanings. In Shetland folklore a trow is a small, mischievous creature, similar to the Scandanavian troll. In England, it is a old style of cargo boat that transported goods on rivers. Finally, it is an archaic word meaning "to think, believe, or trust". The reader is free to choose which interpretation they like most, but it should be pronounced to rhyme with "brow".
The primary goal for Trow is to create a registry that runs within Kubernetes and provides a secure and fast way to get containers running on the cluster.
A major focus is providing controls for cluster administrators to define which images can run in the cluster. Trow can prevent unauthorised and potentially insecure or malicious images from touching your cluster.
- conforms to the OCI Distribution Specification for registries
- controls images running inside the cluster via approve/deny lists
- full auditing and authentication of image access (in progress)
- distributed architecture for HA and scalability (planned)
Comparison to Other Registries
There is a short article on how Trow compares to other registries, including Harbor.
If you want to quickly try out Trow on a development cluster (either local or remote), follow the quick install instructions.
This screencast shows how quick it is to get started:
Normal installations and all production installations should follow the standard installation instructions. The standard install requires a sub-domain that can pointed at the registry. The install is based on Kustomize, making it simple to install and maintain, and ideal for clusters following the GitOps model.
Note that Trow is currently alpha and you can expect to find rough edges.
Architecture and Design
If you're interested in the design of Trow please take a look at the Architecture Guide.
There is a reasonably large test suite, which can be run with the
Work has started on a User Guide. Currently this explains how to persist images and how to list repositories and tags via curl.
Code of Conduct
All participants in the Trow project are expected to comply with the code of conduct.
- The project currently runs on Rust Nightly.