Updates on Hub Rate Limits, Partners and Customer Exemptions

Matt Carter

Nov 03 2020

The gradual enforcement of the Docker Hub progressive rate limiting enforcement on container image pulls for anonymous and free users began Monday, November 2nd. The next three hour enforcement window on Wednesday, November 4th from 9am to 12 noon Pacific time. During this window, the eventual final limit of 100 container pull requests per six hours for unauthenticated users and 200 for free users with Docker IDs will be enforced. After that window, the limit will rise to 2,500 container pull requests per six hours. 

As we implement this policy, we are looking at the core technologies, platforms and tools used in app pipelines to ensure a transition that supports developers across their entire development lifecycle. We have been working with leading cloud platforms, CI/CD providers and other ISVs to ensure their customers and end users who use Docker have uninterrupted access to Docker Hub images. Among these partners are the major cloud hosting providers, CI/CD vendors such as CircleCI, and OSS entities such as Apache Software Foundation (ASF). You can find more information about programs on our Pricing Page as well as links to contact us for information about programs for ISVs and companies with more than 500 users. 

Besides the Apache Software Foundation, we are working with many Open Source Software projects from Cloud Foundry and Jenkins to many other open source projects of all sizes, so they can freely use Docker in their project development and distribution. Updates and details on the program are available in this blog from Docker’s Marina Kvitnitsky

We have assembled a page of information updates, as well as relevant resources to understand and manage the transition, at https://www.docker.com/increase-rate-limits.

We’ve had a big week delivering new features and integrations for developers this week. Along with the changes outlined above, we also announced new vulnerability scan results incorporated into Docker Desktop, a faster, integrated path into production from Desktop into Microsoft Azure, and improved support for Docker Pro and Team subscribers. We are singularly focused on creating a sustainable, innovative company focused on the success of developers and development teams, both today and tomorrow, and we welcome your feedback.