Skip to content


terraform-aws-ecr-public Latest Release Slack Community


Cloud Posse

Terraform module to provision a Public AWS ECR Docker Container registry.

This project is part of our comprehensive "SweetOps" approach towards DevOps.

Terraform Open Source Modules

It's 100% Open Source and licensed under the APACHE2.

We literally have hundreds of terraform modules that are Open Source and well-maintained. Check them out!

Security & Compliance

Security scanning is graciously provided by Bridgecrew. Bridgecrew is the leading fully hosted, cloud-native solution providing continuous Terraform security and compliance.

Benchmark Description
Infrastructure Security Infrastructure Security Compliance
CIS KUBERNETES Center for Internet Security, KUBERNETES Compliance
CIS AWS Center for Internet Security, AWS Compliance
CIS AZURE Center for Internet Security, AZURE Compliance
PCI-DSS Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Compliance
NIST-800-53 National Institute of Standards and Technology Compliance
ISO27001 Information Security Management System, ISO/IEC 27001 Compliance
SOC2 Service Organization Control 2 Compliance
CIS GCP Center for Internet Security, GCP Compliance
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Compliance


IMPORTANT: We do not pin modules to versions in our examples because of the difficulty of keeping the versions in the documentation in sync with the latest released versions. We highly recommend that in your code you pin the version to the exact version you are using so that your infrastructure remains stable, and update versions in a systematic way so that they do not catch you by surprise.

Also, because of a bug in the Terraform registry (hashicorp/terraform#21417), the registry shows many of our inputs as required when in fact they are optional. The table below correctly indicates which inputs are required.

The module creates one or more Elastic Container Registry (ECR) Public repositories. Please note that this module can only be provisioned in the US-EAST-1 region.

Write access to the repositories is granted to via the principals_full_access list, which is a list of strings that can designate any valid AWS Principal. This module only creates the Repository Policy allowing those Principals access. The Principals will still separately need IAM policies allowing them permission to execute ECR actions against the repository. For more details, see How Amazon Elastic Container Registry Works with IAM.

Include this repository as a module in your existing terraform code:

# IAM Role to be granted ECR permissions
data "aws_iam_role" "ecrpublic" {
  name = "ecr"

module "ecrpublic" {
  source = "cloudposse/ecr-public/aws"
  # Cloud Posse recommends pinning every module to a specific version
  # version     = "x.x.x"
  namespace              = "eg"
  stage                  = "test"
  name                   = "ecr"
  principals_full_access = [data.aws_iam_role.ecr.arn]
  repository_configs     = [
      name              = "foo"
      description       = "The repository for the foo image"
      about_text        = null
      usage_text        = null
      architectures     = ["AMD64"]
      operating_systems = ["Linux"]

Makefile Targets

Available targets:

  help                                Help screen
  help/all                            Display help for all targets
  help/short                          This help short screen
  lint                                Lint terraform code


Name Version
terraform >= 0.13.0
aws >= 3.1


Name Version
aws >= 3.1


Name Source Version
this cloudposse/label/null 0.25.0


Name Type
aws_ecrpublic_repository.this resource
aws_ecrpublic_repository_policy.this resource
aws_iam_policy_document.empty data source
aws_iam_policy_document.resource data source
aws_iam_policy_document.resource_full_access data source


Name Description Type Default Required
additional_tag_map Additional key-value pairs to add to each map in tags_as_list_of_maps. Not added to tags or id.
This is for some rare cases where resources want additional configuration of tags
and therefore take a list of maps with tag key, value, and additional configuration.
map(string) {} no
attributes ID element. Additional attributes (e.g. workers or cluster) to add to id,
in the order they appear in the list. New attributes are appended to the
end of the list. The elements of the list are joined by the delimiter
and treated as a single ID element.
list(string) [] no
context Single object for setting entire context at once.
See description of individual variables for details.
Leave string and numeric variables as null to use default value.
Individual variable settings (non-null) override settings in context object,
except for attributes, tags, and additional_tag_map, which are merged.
"additional_tag_map": {},
"attributes": [],
"delimiter": null,
"descriptor_formats": {},
"enabled": true,
"environment": null,
"id_length_limit": null,
"label_key_case": null,
"label_order": [],
"label_value_case": null,
"labels_as_tags": [
"name": null,
"namespace": null,
"regex_replace_chars": null,
"stage": null,
"tags": {},
"tenant": null
delimiter Delimiter to be used between ID elements.
Defaults to - (hyphen). Set to "" to use no delimiter at all.
string null no
descriptor_formats Describe additional descriptors to be output in the descriptors output map.
Map of maps. Keys are names of descriptors. Values are maps of the form
{<br> format = string<br> labels = list(string)<br>}
(Type is any so the map values can later be enhanced to provide additional options.)
format is a Terraform format string to be passed to the format() function.
labels is a list of labels, in order, to pass to format() function.
Label values will be normalized before being passed to format() so they will be
identical to how they appear in id.
Default is {} (descriptors output will be empty).
any {} no
enabled Set to false to prevent the module from creating any resources bool null no
environment ID element. Usually used for region e.g. 'uw2', 'us-west-2', OR role 'prod', 'staging', 'dev', 'UAT' string null no
id_length_limit Limit id to this many characters (minimum 6).
Set to 0 for unlimited length.
Set to null for keep the existing setting, which defaults to 0.
Does not affect id_full.
number null no
label_key_case Controls the letter case of the tags keys (label names) for tags generated by this module.
Does not affect keys of tags passed in via the tags input.
Possible values: lower, title, upper.
Default value: title.
string null no
label_order The order in which the labels (ID elements) appear in the id.
Defaults to ["namespace", "environment", "stage", "name", "attributes"].
You can omit any of the 6 labels ("tenant" is the 6th), but at least one must be present.
list(string) null no
label_value_case Controls the letter case of ID elements (labels) as included in id,
set as tag values, and output by this module individually.
Does not affect values of tags passed in via the tags input.
Possible values: lower, title, upper and none (no transformation).
Set this to title and set delimiter to "" to yield Pascal Case IDs.
Default value: lower.
string null no
labels_as_tags Set of labels (ID elements) to include as tags in the tags output.
Default is to include all labels.
Tags with empty values will not be included in the tags output.
Set to [] to suppress all generated tags.
The value of the name tag, if included, will be the id, not the name.
Unlike other null-label inputs, the initial setting of labels_as_tags cannot be
changed in later chained modules. Attempts to change it will be silently ignored.
name ID element. Usually the component or solution name, e.g. 'app' or 'jenkins'.
This is the only ID element not also included as a tag.
The "name" tag is set to the full id string. There is no tag with the value of the name input.
string null no
namespace ID element. Usually an abbreviation of your organization name, e.g. 'eg' or 'cp', to help ensure generated IDs are globally unique string null no
principals_full_access Principal ARNs to provide with full access to the ECR list(string) [] no
principals_readonly_access Principal ARNs to provide with readonly access to the ECR list(string) [] no
regex_replace_chars Terraform regular expression (regex) string.
Characters matching the regex will be removed from the ID elements.
If not set, "/[^a-zA-Z0-9-]/" is used to remove all characters other than hyphens, letters and digits.
string null no
repository_configs name: List of Docker local image names, used as repository names for AWS ECR

description: A short description of the contents of the repository. This text appears in both the image details and
also when searching for repositories on the Amazon ECR Public Gallery.

about_text: A detailed description of the contents of the repository. It is publicly visible in the Amazon ECR Public
Gallery. The text must be in markdown format.

usage_text: Detailed information on how to use the contents of the repository. It is publicly visible in the Amazon
ECR Public Gallery. The usage text provides context, support information, and additional usage details for users of
the repository. The text must be in markdown format.

architectures: The system architecture that the images in the repository are compatible with. On the Amazon ECR
Public Gallery, the following supported architectures will appear as badges on the repository and are used as search
filters: ARM, ARM 64, x86, x86-64

operating_systems: The operating systems that the images in the repository are compatible with. On the Amazon ECR
Public Gallery, the following supported operating systems will appear as badges on the repository and are used as
search filters: Linux, Windows

logo_image_blob: The base64-encoded repository logo payload. (Only visible for verified accounts) Note that drift
detection is disabled for this attribute.
name = string
description = string
about_text = string
usage_text = string
architectures = list(string)
operating_systems = list(string)
logo_image_blob = string
n/a yes
stage ID element. Usually used to indicate role, e.g. 'prod', 'staging', 'source', 'build', 'test', 'deploy', 'release' string null no
tags Additional tags (e.g. {'BusinessUnit': 'XYZ'}).
Neither the tag keys nor the tag values will be modified by this module.
map(string) {} no
tenant ID element _(Rarely used, not included by default)_. A customer identifier, indicating who this instance of a resource is for string null no
use_fullname Set 'true' to use namespace-stage-name for ecr repository name, else name bool true no


Name Description
registry_id Registry ID
repository_arn ARN of first repository created
repository_arn_map Map of repository names to repository ARNs
repository_name Name of first repository created
repository_url URL of first repository created
repository_url_map Map of repository names to repository URLs


Got a question? We got answers.

File a GitHub issue, send us an email or join our Slack Community.

README Commercial Support

DevOps Accelerator for Startups

We are a DevOps Accelerator. We'll help you build your cloud infrastructure from the ground up so you can own it. Then we'll show you how to operate it and stick around for as long as you need us.

Learn More

Work directly with our team of DevOps experts via email, slack, and video conferencing.

We deliver 10x the value for a fraction of the cost of a full-time engineer. Our track record is not even funny. If you want things done right and you need it done FAST, then we're your best bet.

  • Reference Architecture. You'll get everything you need from the ground up built using 100% infrastructure as code.
  • Release Engineering. You'll have end-to-end CI/CD with unlimited staging environments.
  • Site Reliability Engineering. You'll have total visibility into your apps and microservices.
  • Security Baseline. You'll have built-in governance with accountability and audit logs for all changes.
  • GitOps. You'll be able to operate your infrastructure via Pull Requests.
  • Training. You'll receive hands-on training so your team can operate what we build.
  • Questions. You'll have a direct line of communication between our teams via a Shared Slack channel.
  • Troubleshooting. You'll get help to triage when things aren't working.
  • Code Reviews. You'll receive constructive feedback on Pull Requests.
  • Bug Fixes. We'll rapidly work with you to fix any bugs in our projects.

Slack Community

Join our Open Source Community on Slack. It's FREE for everyone! Our "SweetOps" community is where you get to talk with others who share a similar vision for how to rollout and manage infrastructure. This is the best place to talk shop, ask questions, solicit feedback, and work together as a community to build totally sweet infrastructure.

Discourse Forums

Participate in our Discourse Forums. Here you'll find answers to commonly asked questions. Most questions will be related to the enormous number of projects we support on our GitHub. Come here to collaborate on answers, find solutions, and get ideas about the products and services we value. It only takes a minute to get started! Just sign in with SSO using your GitHub account.


Sign up for our newsletter that covers everything on our technology radar. Receive updates on what we're up to on GitHub as well as awesome new projects we discover.

Office Hours

Join us every Wednesday via Zoom for our weekly "Lunch & Learn" sessions. It's FREE for everyone!



Bug Reports & Feature Requests

Please use the issue tracker to report any bugs or file feature requests.


If you are interested in being a contributor and want to get involved in developing this project or help out with our other projects, we would love to hear from you! Shoot us an email.

In general, PRs are welcome. We follow the typical "fork-and-pull" Git workflow.

  1. Fork the repo on GitHub
  2. Clone the project to your own machine
  3. Commit changes to your own branch
  4. Push your work back up to your fork
  5. Submit a Pull Request so that we can review your changes

NOTE: Be sure to merge the latest changes from "upstream" before making a pull request!


Copyright © 2017-2023 Cloud Posse, LLC



See LICENSE for full details.

Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one
or more contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file
distributed with this work for additional information
regarding copyright ownership.  The ASF licenses this file
to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
"License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing,
software distributed under the License is distributed on an
KIND, either express or implied.  See the License for the
specific language governing permissions and limitations
under the License.


All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.


This project is maintained and funded by Cloud Posse, LLC. Like it? Please let us know by leaving a testimonial!

Cloud Posse

We're a DevOps Professional Services company based in Los Angeles, CA. We ❤️ Open Source Software.

We offer paid support on all of our projects.

Check out our other projects, follow us on twitter, apply for a job, or hire us to help with your cloud strategy and implementation.


Matt Calhoun
Matt Calhoun

README Footer Beacon


Terraform Module to manage Public Docker Container Registries on AWS ECR



Code of conduct

Security policy




Sponsor this project



No packages published