Install Docker

You can install Docker in several forms. Which form you use depends on your end goals and your host OS. For the example in this guide, Docker Community Edition is the best option. Windows and Mac users need to install the Community Edition of Docker Desktop. Linux users will download the Docker engine.

To install Docker, follow these steps for your operating system:

Windows:

Note: Docker for Windows requires Microsoft Hyper-V to run. The Docker installer will handle that enablement. However, when Microsoft Hyper-V is enabled, VirtualBox will no longer work. If you need to use VMs, install Docker inside your VM. Virtualization, which is different to Hyper-V, must be enabled. You can check this by going to the Performance tab on the Windows OS Task Manager.

  1. Navigate to the Docker installation page and select the Stable build, which will download the Docker for Windows Installer executable.
  2. Run the Docker installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Start Docker by searching for Docker for Windows in the Windows search bar. When Docker opens for the first time, you will see a hello message and a link to documentation. On subsequent resets, Docker will start by itself.

Mac:

  1. Navigate to the Docker installation page and select the Stable build, which will download the Docker for Mac Installer executable.
  2. Run the Docker installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Start Docker by searching for Docker for Mac in the Mac finder. When Docker opens for the first time, you will see a hello message and a link to documentation. On subsequent resets, Docker will start by itself.

Linux:

  1. Navigate to the Docker installation page
  2. Follow the install instructions specific to your OS type.
  3. On subsequent resets, Docker will start by itself.
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