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openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise

This page provides instructions for installing and configuring the latest Docker Engine software on openSUSE and SUSE systems.

Note: You can also find bleeding edge Docker versions inside of the repositories maintained by the Virtualization:containers project on the Open Build Service. This project delivers also other packages that are related with the Docker ecosystem (for example, Docker Compose).


You must be running a 64 bit architecture.


Docker is part of the official openSUSE repositories starting from 13.2. No additional repository is required on your system.

SUSE Linux Enterprise

Docker is officially supported on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and later. You can find the latest supported Docker packages inside the Container module. To enable this module, do the following:

  1. Start YaST, and select Software > Software Repositories.
  2. Click Add to open the add-on dialog.
  3. Select Extensions and Module from Registration Server and click Next.
  4. From the list of available extensions and modules, select Container Module and click Next. The containers module and its repositories are added to your system.
  5. If you use Subscription Management Tool, update the list of repositories at the SMT server.

Otherwise execute the following command:

$ sudo SUSEConnect -p sle-module-containers/12/x86_64 -r ''

>**Note:** currently the `-r ''` flag is required to avoid a known limitation of `SUSEConnect`.

The Virtualization:containers project on the Open Build Service contains also bleeding edge Docker packages for SUSE Linux Enterprise. However these packages are not supported by SUSE.

Install Docker

  1. Install the Docker package:

    $ sudo zypper in docker
  2. Start the Docker daemon.

    $ sudo systemctl start docker
  3. Test the Docker installation.

    $ sudo docker run hello-world

Configure Docker boot options

You can use these steps on openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise. To start the docker daemon at boot, set the following:

$ sudo systemctl enable docker

The docker package creates a new group named docker. Users, other than root user, must be part of this group to interact with the Docker daemon. You can add users with this command syntax:

sudo /usr/sbin/usermod -a -G docker <username>

Once you add a user, make sure they relog to pick up these new permissions.

Enable external network access

If you want your containers to be able to access the external network, you must enable the net.ipv4.ip_forward rule. To do this, use YaST.

For openSUSE Tumbleweed and later, browse to the System -> Network Settings -> Routing menu. For SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and previous openSUSE versions, browse to Network Devices -> Network Settings -> Routing menu (f) and check the Enable IPv4 Forwarding box.

When networking is handled by the Network Manager, instead of YaST you must edit the /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2 file needs by hand to ensure the FW_ROUTE flag is set to yes like so:


Custom daemon options

If you need to add an HTTP Proxy, set a different directory or partition for the Docker runtime files, or make other customizations, read the systemd article to learn how to customize your systemd Docker daemon options.


To uninstall the Docker package:

$ sudo zypper rm docker

The above command does not remove images, containers, volumes, or user created configuration files on your host. If you wish to delete all images, containers, and volumes run the following command:

$ rm -rf /var/lib/docker

You must delete the user created configuration files manually.

Where to go from here

You can find more details about Docker on openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise in the Docker quick start guide on the SUSE website. The document targets SUSE Linux Enterprise, but its contents apply also to openSUSE.

Continue to the User Guide.