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Quick Start


Scarf is a platform that helps you track download and usage analytics for your open source project. Scarf can collect analytics for you by:

  • Tracking the downloads of your software at the point of distribution, regardless of how they are distributed (Docker containers, binaries, Python packages, npm packages, and more).
  • Tracking user interactions with your web artifacts (your marketing site, your documentation, and your READMEs), without introducing cookies or JavaScript.
  • Enriching any existing data you're already collecting on software usage.

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How to create track pulls of your Docker containers with Scarf
  • How to create a tracking pixel to track views of your package's documentation
  • How to test your setup by downloading your Scarf packages and fetching your associated Scarf pixels


  • You will need to sign up for a Scarf account. You can sign up with a valid email address or your GitHub account.
  • The container you're looking to track must be published to an existing public registry (e.g., Docker Hub or GitHub Container Registry). This guide will use the hello-world docker image.

Creating a Docker Package

Using Scarf, users can pull your Docker container images via Scarf Gateway using your custom domain. Scarf Gateway is a service that provides a central access point to your containers and packages, no matter where you host them.

  1. Once signed in to Scarf, navigate home by clicking on the Scarf icon in the top-left corner of the screen.

  2. Click the plus icon in the top navigation bar, then select New Package. Create a new package

  3. In the first dropdown, click on the package type you would like to create. For this section, you will click Docker. Enter the docker pull command

  4. Enter the current pull command for your Docker container. The Docker command for the hello-world package is docker pull hello-world.

    Enter the docker pull command

  5. Optional: You can add a custom domain or use the domain provided by Scarf Gateway. If you choose to create a custom domain, you will need to CNAME your custom domain to the domain provided by Scarf Gateway.

  6. Click the Submit button to be redirected to a success screen with some additional information as to what you can do next.

  7. Click on Go to your package to view the Package Details. Enter the docker pull command

Now you’re all set to start tracking your Docker images with Scarf. Any time your image is downloaded, Scarf will report some basic information:

  • System and OS statistics of your users
  • Company information of your users
  • Downloads by versions/tags

In the next section, you will create a tracking pixel that can be added to your project’s documentation or any other web properties associated with your project.

Creating a Tracking Pixel for Your Package

Tracking pixels are used to leverage the web traffic from your project’s documentation to learn which companies are using your software.

  1. Navigate to the Scarf homepage.

  2. Pixels can be created from two locations, one is directly from the packages details view. In top menu click on Tools > Packages. Then in the next screen find our package hello-world and click on View details. view details on the next screen scroll down to the Tracking Pixel box and click Create pixel. create pixel 1 The second way is to click plus icon in the top navigation, then select New Pixel. create pixel 2

  3. You will now see the create pixel page. For this example we'll name our pixel readme.

  4. Then attach it to our the newly created hello-world package. (if you came to the create pixel page via package details page this will be automatically selected) create pixel page

  5. Finally click Submit

  6. Copy the newly created pixel <img> tag and add it to your website, documentation, or any other web properties associated with your project.

copy the newly crete pixel tag

For more information on Tracking Pixels see the Documentation Insights section of our docs.

Downloading Packages and Fetching Associated Pixels

In this section you will download your package with the pull command found in your package dashboard to start fetching data.

  1. Navigate to your package details view. Package dashboard
  2. Copy the Pull command.
  3. Navigate to a terminal on your computer and run the Pull command. Run Scarf pull command Note: Make sure the docker daemon is running on your computer.

  4. Back to the package details view and click on View Analytics. You should now see the Package Insights starting to populate with data. It will usually take 30 minutes and up to 2-3 hours before you see data pulled in. Data from packages Every time a user pulls your Docker container images from Scarf Gateway the data in your Package Insights will be updated.

What’s Next?

For more detailed information, please see the relevant documentation;

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