Install Docker

In this section of the guide, we will  install Docker Desktop for Windows or Mac. To install Docker Desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Download the package
  2. Install Docker Desktop either by dragging the whale icon into your Applications folder on Mac or clicking though the installer on Windows. 
  3. Note: Docker Desktop for Windows requires Microsoft Hyper-V to run. The Docker Desktop for Windows installer enables Hyper-V for you. Restart your machine if you are prompted to enact this change.

    Commands starting with > are for PowerShell on Windows but are identical on Mac. Commands starting with $ are for bash on Linux. Do not enter the > or the $ on any operating system.

  4. Open Windows PowerShell, or Windows Command Prompt, and run hello-world to confirm that Docker is set up correctly, if it is, it will look like the following: 
> docker run hello-world

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
 1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
 2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
 3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
 4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.

To try something more ambitious, you can run an Ubuntu container with:
 $ docker run -it ubuntu bash

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