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Anchore is a set of tools that provides visibility, transparency, and control of your container environment. With anchore, users can analyze, inspect, perform security scans, and apply custom policies to container images within a CI/CD build system, or used/integrated directly into your container environment.

For new users we recommend using the Anchore Engine service Anchore Engine

This repository contains the anchore analysis scanner tool (with a basic CLI interface), which can be appropriate for lower-level integrations - for new users and current users who have been looking to deploy Anchore as a centralized service with an API, an open source project called the Anchore Engine has been released (with its own light-weight client CLI) which extends the capabilities of anchore beyond what usage of this scanner tool alone can provide. The project page links are below, which include installation/quickstart instructions, API documents and usage guides.

Anchore Engine

Anchore Engine CLI

If you would like to deploy Anchore as an API accessible service within your environment, you should visit the Anchore Engine project page to get started - note that the anchore-engine uses the anchore analysis scanner code from this repository as a dependency - if you're using the anchore engine you will not need to install the software from this repository manually. If you are a current user of anchore and are not ready to try the anchore-engine yet, or you are interested in the core anchore container analysis scanner open source software itself, this is the code you're looking for.

Using Anchore Scanner via Docker

Anchore is available as a Docker image.

  1. docker pull anchore/cli
  2. docker run -d -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock --name anchore anchore/cli:latest
  3. docker exec anchore anchore feeds sync
  4. Use docker exec to run anchore commands in the container, such as: docker exec anchore anchore analyze --image <myimage> --dockerfile </path/to/Dockerfile>

The general model is to run the container in detached mode to provide the environment and use 'docker exec' to execute anchore commands within the container. See the above link on how to use the container specifically and options that are container specific.

Using Anchore Scanner Installed Directly on Host

To get started on CentOS 7 as root:

  1. install docker (see docker documentation for CentOS 7 install instructions)

  1. install some packages that full functionality of anchore will require (run as root or with sudo)

yum install epel-release

yum install python-pip rpm-python dpkg

To get started on Ubuntu >= 15.10 as root:

  1. install docker engine >= 1.10 (see docker documentation for Ubuntu >= 15.10 install instructions)

  1. install some packages that full functionality of anchore will require (run as root or with sudo)

apt-get install python-pip python-rpm yum

Next, on either distro:

  1. install Anchore to ~/.local/

cd <where you checked out anchore>

pip install --upgrade --user .

export PATH=~/.local/bin:$PATH

  1. run anchore! Here is a quick sequence of commands to help get going

anchore --help

docker pull nginx:latest

anchore feeds list

anchore feeds sync

anchore analyze --image nginx:latest --imagetype base

anchore audit --image nginx:latest report

anchore query --image nginx:latest has-package curl wget

anchore query --image nginx:latest list-files-detail all

anchore query --image nginx:latest cve-scan all

anchore toolbox --image nginx:latest show

For more information, to learn about how to analyze your own application containers, and how to customize/extend Anchore, please visit our github page wiki at


If you are a Jenkins user, please visit our github wiki installation documentation at to learn more about using the Jenkins Anchore build-step plugin.


  • Install Vagrant and Virtualbox
  • Download the Vagrantfile
  • vagrant up
  • vagrant ssh
  • sudo -i
  • Continue with step 4)

Manual Pages

Man pages for most of the anchore commands are available in: $anchore/doc/man, where $anchore is the install location of the python code for your distro (e.g. /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/anchore for ubuntu). To install them, copy them to the appropriate location for your distro. The man pages are generated from --help and --extended-help options to anchore commands, so similar content is available direclty from the CLI as well.


Legacy Anchore container analysis, inspection and control toolset. See for newer version that operates as a service with REST API instead of a cli tool.





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