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A toolset for inspecting, querying, and curating containers

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Anchore is a set of tools that provides visibility, transparency, and
control of your container environment. With anchore, users can
analyze, inspect, perform security scans, and apply custom policies to
container images within a CI/CD build system, or used/integrated
directly into your container environment.

This repository contains the anchore analysis scanner tool (with a
basic CLI interface), which can be appropriate for lower-level
integrations - for new users and current users who have been looking
to deploy Anchore as a centralized service with an API, an open source
project called the Anchore Engine has been released (with its own
light-weight client CLI) which extends the capabilities of anchore
beyond what usage of this scanner tool alone can provide. The project
page links are below, which include installation/quickstart
instructions, API documents and usage guides.

`Anchore Engine <>`_

`Anchore Engine CLI <>`_

If you would like to deploy Anchore as an API accessible service
within your environment, you should visit the `Anchore Engine
<>`_ project page to get
started - note that the anchore-engine uses the anchore analysis
scanner code from this repository as a dependency - if you're using
the anchore engine you will not need to install the software from this
repository manually. If you are a current user of anchore and are not
ready to try the anchore-engine yet, or you are interested in the core
anchore container analysis scanner open source software itself, this
is the code you're looking for.

Using Anchore Scanner via Docker
Anchore is available as a `Docker image <>`_.

1. ``docker pull anchore/cli``
2. ``docker run -d -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock --name anchore anchore/cli:latest``
3. ``docker exec anchore anchore feeds sync``
4. Use docker exec to run anchore commands in the container, such as: ``docker exec anchore anchore analyze --image <myimage> --dockerfile </path/to/Dockerfile>``

The general model is to run the container in detached mode to provide
the environment and use 'docker exec' to execute anchore commands
within the container. See the above link on how to use the container
specifically and options that are container specific.

Using Anchore Scanner Installed Directly on Host

To get started on CentOS 7 as root:

1) install docker (see docker documentation for CentOS 7 install instructions)


2) install some packages that full functionality of anchore will require (run as root or with sudo)

``yum install epel-release``

``yum install python-pip rpm-python dpkg``

To get started on Ubuntu >= 15.10 as root:

1) install docker engine >= 1.10 (see docker documentation for Ubuntu >= 15.10 install instructions)


2) install some packages that full functionality of anchore will require (run as root or with sudo)

``apt-get install python-pip python-rpm yum``

Next, on either distro:

3) install Anchore to ~/.local/

``cd <where you checked out anchore>``

``pip install --upgrade --user .``

``export PATH=~/.local/bin:$PATH``

4) run anchore! Here is a quick sequence of commands to help get going

``anchore --help``

``docker pull nginx:latest``

``anchore feeds list``

``anchore feeds sync``

``anchore analyze --image nginx:latest --imagetype base``

``anchore audit --image nginx:latest report``

``anchore query --image nginx:latest has-package curl wget``

``anchore query --image nginx:latest list-files-detail all``

``anchore query --image nginx:latest cve-scan all``

``anchore toolbox --image nginx:latest show``

For more information, to learn about how to analyze your own
application containers, and how to customize/extend Anchore, please
visit our github page wiki at


If you are a Jenkins user, please visit our github wiki installation
documentation at
to learn more about using the Jenkins Anchore build-step plugin.


* Install Vagrant and Virtualbox
* Download the Vagrantfile
* ``vagrant up``
* ``vagrant ssh``
* ``sudo -i``
* Continue with step 4)

Manual Pages

Man pages for most of the anchore commands are available in:
$anchore/doc/man, where $anchore is the install location of the python
code for your distro
(e.g. /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/anchore for ubuntu). To
install them, copy them to the appropriate location for your
distro. The man pages are generated from --help and --extended-help
options to anchore commands, so similar content is available direclty
from the CLI as well.

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