Azure Container Registry Integration


This topic describes how to integrate Azure with the Unified Agent in order to scan Docker Images.


  • An authorized account to Azure Container Registry

  • Permissions for image pulling from Azure Container Registry

  • Docker installed

  • Unified Agent will scan the images on your localhost (after they are pulled from Azure Container Registry).

  • Unified Agent requires downloading a JAR file and a configuration file. You can download them manually or by using the steps described below.

Downloading the Unified Agent & Configuration File

It is advised to use the below commands only once a week to download the latest version of the Unified Agent for performance reasons and not as part of every build. You can do this using a scheduler task, such as cron.

Use the following options to download the latest version of the WhiteSource Unified Agent JAR file and configuration file to your local host.

Windows Using CURL

  1. Download CURL, and add it to your PATH environment variable.

  2. Open a new command prompt.

  3. Run the following commands:

    Windows Using CURL

    1 2 curl -LJO ccurl -LJO

Windows Using PowerShell

  1. Open a new command prompt.

  2. Run the following commands:

    Windows Using PowerShell

    1 2 powershell bitsadmin /transfer mydownload /dynamic /download /priority FOREGROUND $pwd\wss-unified-agent.jar powershell bitsadmin /transfer mydownload /dynamic /download /priority FOREGROUND $pwd\wss-unified-agent.config


If you want to use PowerShell on Windows, ensure that Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is enabled.


Run the following commands from the Linux/Unix bash prompt :

Linux/Unix Using CURL
1 2 curl -LJO curl -LJO

Updating the Configuration File

Update the configuration file (whitesource-fs-agent.config) that you downloaded in step 2 according to your specific requirements.
Enable the relevant lines by removing the '#' symbol at the beginning of the lines. You can find a description about each line and its meaning here.
Example of values for uncommented lines:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 docker.includes=.*alpine.* docker.excludes=.*2017.10.01.* .*2017.06.01.* docker.scanImages=true docker.pull.enable=true docker.pull.images=.*.* docker.pull.tags=.*.* docker.pull.digest=.*.* docker.delete.force=false docker.pull.maxImages=10 docker.login.sudo=true

This configuration sets the Unified Agent to scan all the docker repositories named *alpine.* except for the two image tags in the 'exclude' section.
Alternatively, you can leave the docker.excludes parameter commented if you want to scan all your image containers.

Configuration Parameters










Enables pulling Docker Images from Azure Container registry. 

Note: Verify that the  'docker.scanImages' and 'docker.pull.enable' parameter values are also set to 'true'



Username for Azure Container registry



Password for Azure Container registry

Yes. Not mandatory if you already logged in manually to your Azure account via the Azure Client CLI.


Docker repository names in Azure Container registry separated by a space



Authentication Type for Azure Container registry. Either “containerRegistry” or "userAccount".

Yes. Default is "userAccount" - case insensitive. 


Used in case login is by ACR

" =containerRegistry.

Format: “<acr-username>:<acr-password>".

Only if login is by ACR

" =containerRegistry.

Azure command:

1 $ az login -u <username> -p <password>


Parameters docker.scanImages and docker.pull.enable should be set to true.

Run the Unified Agent:

1 java -jar whitesource-wss-agent.jar -apiKey xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxx -c whitesource-wss-agent.config

Scanning Information
The scanner saves your required images and scans the file system and installed packages. It scans all the image layers and handles archive files in the layers based on the value in the property 'archiveExtractionDepth'.
The Docker image is saved to the temporary directory defined in your environment and is deleted immediately after the scan. The scanning results are presented in a new WhiteSource project identified by the name of the image in the following format:  <image id> <repository> <tag>.
The project is created in the WhiteSource product specified in the configuration file or command line.