Error when trying to use github actions to push container image


I am trying to use github actions to build and push to my container registry. The final step of my yml file is failing with this error:

denied: registry contains 1 repositories, limit is 1 Error: Process completed with exit code 1.

This is what the steps in the yml file look like:


      - name: Update Docker settings
        run: |
          sudo sed -i 's/ }/, \"max-concurrent-uploads\": 2 }/' /etc/docker/daemon.json
          sudo systemctl restart docker

      - name: Checkout the repo
        uses: actions/checkout@v3

      - name: Build container image
        run: docker build -t imagename .

      - name: Install doctl
        uses: digitalocean/action-doctl@v2
          token: ${{ secrets.DIGITALOCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN }}

      - name: Log in to DigitalOcean Container Registry with short-lived credentials
        run: doctl registry login --expiry-seconds 600

      - name: Tag container image
        run: docker tag imagename

      - name: Push image to DigitalOcean Container Registry
        run: docker push

Anyone have any ideas?



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Bobby Iliev
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September 1, 2023

Hi Jason,

The error message you’re receiving, denied: registry contains 1 repositories, limit is 1, suggests that you’ve hit the limit on the number of repositories that you’re allowed on your DigitalOcean Container Registry tier.

It seems like you are using the free tier which allows 1 repository. What you could do is either upgrade your container registry to the next tier or deleted your existing tier if you are not using it.

For more information, you can take a look at the pricing here:

Besides that, your GitHub action looks good!

Hope that this helps!



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