Jenkins – docker login doesn’t seem to persist: docker pull won’t work but docker-compose can pull without problems

I am setting up a new Jenkins as our old one is based on a deprecated base image.

Dockerfile is:

FROM jenkins/jenkins:lts-centos7

USER root

RUN yum -y install docker 
    && yum clean all

USER jenkins

When I docker exec ... into the container and log into our Sonatype Nexus to pull Docker images from it, the successful login does not seem to be heeded by Jenkins afterwards:

[root@909fb3a3d52c .docker]# docker login<endpoint>
Username (jenkins): jenkins
Login Succeeded
[root@909fb3a3d52c .docker]# pwd
[root@909fb3a3d52c .docker]# cat config.json
    "auths": {
        "<endpoint>": {
            "auth": "<CORRECT base64 hash>"

Login has succeeded, the auth credentials are written to /root/.docker/config.json and when I base64-decode them they are correct “jenkins:”.


[root@909fb3a3d52c .docker]# docker pull<endpoint>/myImage:myTag
Error response from daemon: Get<endpoint>/v2/myImage/manifests/myTag: no basic auth credentials

This will also happen during execution of a Jenkins pipeline (obviously), where job log reports:

docker pull<endpoint>/myImage:myTag

Error response from daemon: Get Error response from daemon: Get<endpoint>/v2/myImage/manifests/myTag: no basic auth credentials

script returned exit code 1

I assume this to not be a question about nexus but about how the credentials from docker login are stored and used.

Sidenote: We have a different Jenkins currently operational which is based on jenkinsci/blueocean:1.22.0 which does NOT display this behaviour. It can docker login fine and docker pull fine.


Running docker-compose does work while a manual docker pull... will not:

[root@3eeee032ff08 /]# docker login https://nexus:port
Username: jenkins
Login Succeeded

[root@3eeee032ff08 /]# docker pull nexus:port/company/image:myTag
Error response from daemon: Get https://nexus:port/v2/company/image/manifests/myTag: no basic auth credentials

[root@3eeee032ff08 /]# cat docker-compose.yml
version: '3.3'

    user: root
    image: nexus:port/company/image:myTag

[root@3eeee032ff08 /]# docker-compose up

Creating network "default_default" with the default driver
Pulling jenkins (nexus:port/company/image:myTag)...
myTag: Pulling from company/image
f34b00c7da20: Pull complete
3f316190de62: Pull complete
480967924aca: Pull complete
619ac94672e0: Pull complete
cb1c6713a236: Pull complete
55766a17b1c6: Pull complete
8f6e881b2ef2: Pull complete
f118a721eee8: Pull complete
fae3c8e02b83: Pull complete
093ceb59408d: Pull complete
e3bd3cbf474d: Pull complete
41a6f4e5de6d: Pull complete
aa1aece4c754: Pull complete
fc897d8ca22f: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:3fd74169f648784fe960add9c0138e3802a91e82c9b5fdbd734faaeaaef696f9
Status: Downloaded newer image for nexus:port/company/image:myTag

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Author: Worp