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Learn Docker Hub to store, manage, and share your Docker container images on a centralized, cloud-based platform. Learners can build the skills needed to use Docker and Docker Hub with online courses delivered through edX.

What is Docker Hub?

Docker Hub is a centralized registry for storing and managing Docker container images. It is a cloud-based service provided by Docker, Inc. and an essential tool for anyone working with the Docker platform.Footnote 1

Containers are the technology that allow software to be easily deployed and run in different environments. They package up code into a standard unit with everything it needs to deploy. A container image is a standalone, executable collection of software that has every component it needs to run, such as the code, libraries, and settings.Footnote 2

With Docker Hub, users can store, share, and manage their own Docker container images, as well as discover and download those created by other users.

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Docker use cases

Docker’s centralized platform provides a variety of valuable functions, including:Footnote 3

  • Building and storing images from a user's source code repository.

  • Managing private or public access to container images.

  • Organizing images for web-based searches. Users can tag their images with keywords, making it easy to find images that match specific criteria.

Docker Hub is a part of Docker, an open-source platform that automates the deployment of applications inside containers. Docker is a popular containerization technology, so understanding containers is important in order to learn Docker Hub.Footnote 4

Docker Hub course curriculum

There are many Docker Hub tutorials and classes available online that teach learners the basics of using the container storage system. An introductory course may cover how to:

  • Create a repository to share container images.

  • Push and pull images to and from Docker Hub.

  • Set up automated builds, which allow you to automatically build and store images.

  • Tag container images with keywords and version numbers.

  • Organize and manage access to your container images.

  • Search for and browse container images by tag or user.Footnote 5

Beyond Docker’s website, there is an online community of active Docker Hub users posting tutorials and forums about the service. These resources can be a great way to learn Docker Hub’s specific features and better understand how to use the service in a practical context.

If you are interested in adding new skills to your resume, explore how online learning opportunities such as a coding boot camp, as well as a  bachelor’s degree in computer science, can help you build the expertise and experience you need to pursue roles in this field.

Explore Docker Hub jobs

A variety of industries use Docker as part of their workflow, including software development, IT and DevOps, and cloud infrastructure. Any job or industry that uses Docker will likely use Docker Hub in some way. Examples of jobs include:

  • Software developer: Creates computer applications and builds software to deploy on the web. They might use the service to build, test, and distribute their applications, and to collaborate with other developers.Footnote 6

  • Data scientist:  Can use the service to build, test, and deploy their models, and to share images with other team members.Footnote 7

  • IT professional: Can use Docker Hub to automate the deployment of applications.

The skills needed vary for each of these careers, and Docker Hub is just one of many tools used in these fields. Before deciding on what tools to learn about, and what classes to take, research the professional roles that you hope to pursue and identify the skills and educational requirements potential employers may ask for from job applicants. For learners interested in advancing their knowledge in a variety of subjects, edX offers numerous educational pathways to build skills, including boot camps, as well as bachelor's degree programs and even master’s degree programs. Find the right course for you. 

How to learn Docker Hub

There are a few ways to learn Docker Hub, but a good place to start could be Docker Hub’s website. It provides a wealth of information on how to use the service, including instructions on creating an account, pushing and pulling images, setting up automated builds, and managing access to images.

If you want to truly understand Docker Hub, you’ll also have to learn about containerization, internet technology, and how Docker Hub works within a larger context. 

edX also offers a variety of courses for learners looking to build a working knowledge of containerization and other IT concepts. Learners who understand IT can use Docker Hub and other web tools more confidently and efficiently.

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