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Signing Docker Images and Manifests

Signing Docker Images and Manifests is also possible with GoReleaser. This pipe was designed based on the common sign pipe having cosign in mind.


Note that this pipe will run only at the end of the GoReleaser execution (in its publish phase), as cosign will change the image in the registry.

To customize the signing pipeline you can use the following options:

# .goreleaser.yml
    # ID of the sign config, must be unique.
    # Only relevant if you want to produce some sort of signature file.
    # Defaults to "default".
    id: foo

    # Path to the signature command
    # Defaults to `cosign`
    cmd: cosign

    # Command line templateable arguments for the command
    # defaults to `["sign", "--key=cosign.key", "${artifact}"]`
    args: ["sign", "--key=cosign.key", "--upload=false", "${artifact}"]

    # Which artifacts to sign
    #   all:       all artifacts
    #   none:      no signing
    #   images:    only docker images
    #   manifests: only docker manifests
    # defaults to `none`
    artifacts: all

    # IDs of the artifacts to sign.
    # Defaults to empty (which implies no ID filtering).
      - foo
      - bar

    # Stdin data template to be given to the signature command as stdin.
    # Defaults to empty
    stdin: '{{ .Env.COSIGN_PWD }}'

    # StdinFile file to be given to the signature command as stdin.
    # Defaults to empty
    stdin_file: ./.password

    # List of environment variables that will be passed to the signing command as well as the templates.
    # Defaults to empty
    - FOO=bar
    - HONK=honkhonk

    # By default, the stdout and stderr of the signing cmd are discarded unless GoReleaser is running with `--debug` set.
    # You can set this to true if you want them to be displayed regardless.
    # Defaults to false
    output: true

Available variable names

These environment variables might be available in the fields that are templateable:

  • ${artifact}: the path to the artifact that will be signed 1
  • ${artifactID}: the ID of the artifact that will be signed
  • ${certificate}: the certificate filename, if provided

Common usage example

Assuming you have a cosign.key in the repository root and a COSIGN_PWD environment variable, the simplest configuration to sign both Docker images and manifests would look like this:

# .goreleaser.yml
- artifacts: all
  stdin: '{{ .Env.COSIGN_PWD }}'

Later on you (and anyone else) can verify the image with:

cosign verify --key your/image

  1. notice that the this might contain / characters, which depending on how you use it might evaluate to actual paths within the filesystem. Use with care.