General troubleshooting

Learn about troubleshooting steps that apply to all artifact formats when working with Artifact Registry. For issues specific to an artifact format, refer to the format-specific page.

Invalid repository or location in commands

Use the following information to help you diagnose invalid repository location or invalid repository name errors.

Location and repository defaults for gcloud

If you set a default repository and location in the gcloud command-line tool so that you can omit --location and --repository flags from gcloud artifacts commands, try running the command that failed with the flags and corresponding values. For details about the syntax for a particular command, run the command with the --help flag.

The default repository setting does not apply to gcloud artifacts commands where you specify a repository name without the --repository flag. For example, you must specify the repository name in a gcloud artifacts repositories describe command like the following example:

gcloud artifacts repositories describe my-repo --location=us-west1

If your command still fails, you might need to verify that you specified valid values for the repository or location.

Repository location

To list all supported Artifact Registry locations, run the command:

gcloud artifacts locations list

Your organization policy might include location restrictions. Artifact Registry enforces these restrictions at repository creation time. Artifact Registry does not enforce policy retroactively on repositories that predate the location restrictions.

Repository names in gcloud commands

You can list repositories to view the repository names in a specified project or location.

To list all repositories in a project, run the command:

gcloud artifacts repositories list --project=PROJECT-ID \

To list all repositories in a location, run the command:

gcloud artifacts repositories list --project=PROJECT-ID \

Replace PROJECT-ID with your Google Cloud project ID and LOCATION with the repository location.

The command returns information for each repository similar to the following example:

LOCATION: us-east1
ENCRYPTION: Google-managed key
CREATE_TIME: 2021-09-23T19:39:10
UPDATE_TIME: 2021-09-23T19:39:10

The value for REPOSITORY is the value you use with gcloud artifacts commands that include the repository name as a parameter.

For example, this command uses the --repository flag:

gcloud artifacts packages list --location=us=east1 --repository=my-repo

This command uses the repository name only without a flag:

gcloud artifacts repositories describe my-repo --location=us-west1

Repository names with third-party clients

For third-party clients, you generally use a full repository path when configuring clients, such as You then follow the conventions of the client for uploading and downloading packages. For client configuration and usage details, refer to the documentation for the format you are working with.

If you are transitioning from Container Registry, note that all image paths must include an Artifact Registry repository name. You cannot specify an image path that only includes a project ID.

  • Invalid path:
  • Valid path: