Install Docker

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Docker variants

Docker is available in multiple variants:

  • Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE) is designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business critical applications in production at scale. Docker EE is integrated, certified, and supported to provide enterprises with the most secure container platform in the industry to modernize all applications. For more information about Docker EE, including purchasing options, see Docker Enterprise Edition.

  • Docker Community Edition (Docker CE) is ideal for developers and small teams looking to get started with Docker and experimenting with container-based apps. Docker CE is available on many platforms, from desktop to cloud to server. Docker CE is available for macOS and Windows and provides a native experience to help you focus on learning Docker. You can build and share containers and automate the development pipeline all from a single environment.

    Docker CE gives you the option to run stable or edge builds.

    • Stable builds are released once per quarter.
    • Edge builds are released once per month.

    For more information about Docker CE, see Docker Community Edition.

  • Docker Cloud is a platform run by Docker which allows you to deploy your application using multiple cloud providers such as Digital Ocean, Packet, SoftLink, or to bring your own device. For more information about using Docker Cloud, see Docker Cloud.

Platform support matrix

Docker CE and Docker EE run on Linux, Cloud, Windows, and macOS platforms. Use the following matrix to choose the best installation path for you. The links under Platform take you straight to the installation instructions for that platform.

Platform Docker EE Docker CE
Ubuntu yes yes
Debian   yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux yes  
CentOS yes yes
Fedora   yes
Oracle Linux yes  
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server yes  
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 yes  
Microsoft Windows 10   yes
macOS   yes
Microsoft Azure yes yes
Amazon Web Services yes yes

See also Docker Cloud for setup instructions for Digital Ocean, Packet, SoftLink, or Bring Your Own Cloud.

Prior releases

Instructions for installing prior releases of Docker can be found in the Docker archives.

Docker Cloud

You can use Docker Cloud to automatically provision and manage your cloud instances.

We also provide official Docker solutions for running on AWS and Azure. You can read up on what Docker for AWS and Docker for Azure have to offer you here and here respectively.

Get started

After setting up Docker, try learning the basics over at Getting started with Docker, then learn how to deploy full-blown applications in our app tutorial.

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