Docker knits together Hub stats, says Pulls over 8 billion

Docker wants the world to know that it’s still riding the waves following the offloading of its Enterprise business last year and has issued some insight from its container registry to prove it.

The first batch of figures from the Docker Index showed that there were 8 billion pulls on the  Docker Hub “in the past month”, compared to 5.5 billion a year ago. We’re presuming the past month refers to January.

Fleshing things out a little more, there were 6 million repositories on Hub, with 5 million users and 2.4 million desktop installations, the vendor said. The total number of pulls on Hub stands at 130 billion – presumably since the hub was launched in 2014.

“As the Docker Index data suggests, containers have become a mainstay to how modern, distributed apps are built and shared so they can run anywhere,” said Docker’s John Kreisa in a blog announcing the data.

As for the images themselves, ten attracted more than 1 billion pulls each last year: busybox; nginx; redil mongo; postgres; alpine; traefik; ubuntu; node; and mysql.  Meanwhile, the top ten search terms were: mysql; nginx; ubuntu, python; node; php; centos; jenkins; java; and redis.

Meanwhile if you ever find yourself sat in coffee shops or co-working spaces wondering whether the person slapping away at the sticker festooned Mac is actually a developer or simply a marketeer playing solitaire, Docker found that 61 per cent of its Docker Desktop users were on Macs, with 39 per cent on Windows. But, interestingly, that compared to 66 per cent on Mac and 34 per cent on Windows a year ago.

In other news, Docker has announced it will close down “the legacy APT and YUM repositories hosted at and” The domain is a holdover from the days when Docker was a project at dotCloud, which later reinvented itself as Docker Inc.

Docker’s Chris Crone explained in a blogpost, ”these repositories haven’t been updated with the latest releases of Docker and so the packages hosted there contain security vulnerabilities. Removing these repositories will make sure that people download the latest version of Docker ensuring their security and providing the best experience possible”.