Overview of Marketplace

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Marketplace is an online store that offers you images, stacks, container images, and helm charts listings solutions from Oracle and its trusted partners.

In the OCI Marketplace catalog, you can find listings for four types of solutions from Oracle and trusted partners: image, stack, container image, and helm charts. Image, stack, container image, and helm chart listing types include different categories of applications. Also, some listings are free and others require payment.

Images are templates of virtual hard drives that determine the operating system and software to run on an instance. You can deploy image listings on an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute instance. Marketplace also offers stack listings. Stacks represent definitions of groups of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources that you can act on as a group. Each stack has a configuration consisting of one or more declarative configuration files. With an image or a stack, you have a customized, more streamlined way of getting started with a publisher's software.

Container image is a read-only template with instructions for creating a Docker container. A container image holds the application that you want Docker to run as a container, along with any dependencies. A Helm chart is a package that contains all the necessary resources to deploy an application to a kubernetes cluster. This includes YAML configuration files for deployments, services, and configuration maps that define the desired state of your application. For more information see, Container Registry Concepts.

Besides being an online store, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Marketplace offers a way for members of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure community to share custom images with other community members. You can take a custom image that you imported to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute and make it available as a community application. The application appears alongside other images that users can choose from during the process of creating an instance.

Resource Identifiers

Most types of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources have a unique, Oracle-assigned identifier called an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID). For information about the OCID format and other ways to identify your resources, see Resource Identifiers.

While the resources created from Marketplace images, stacks, container images, and helm charts have an OCID to identify them, the listings themselves have a listing ID and a package version ID for every package version in the listing. Listing IDs are numeric values. Package version IDs are string values. Listing IDs and Package version IDs are unique to Marketplace and unrelated to OCIDs.

Authentication and Authorization

Each service in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integrates with IAM for authentication and authorization, for all interfaces (the Console, SDK or CLI, and REST API).

An administrator in your organization needs to set up groups , compartments , and policies  that control which users can access which services, which resources, and the type of access. For example, the policies control who can create new users, create and manage the cloud network, launch instances, create buckets, download objects, and so on. For more information, see Getting Started with Policies. For specific details about writing policies for each of the different services, see Policy Reference.

If you’re a regular user (not an administrator) who needs to use the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources that your company owns, contact your administrator to set up a user ID for you. The administrator can confirm which compartment or compartments you should be using.

For the actual policy statements required to perform tasks related to Marketplace, see the topic specific to the task.