Install Docker Engine
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Docker Desktop for Linux
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|Docker Desktop for Mac (macOS)|
|Docker Desktop for Windows|
.rpm packages from the following Linux distributions
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Other Linux distributions
While the instructions below may work, Docker does not test or verify installation on derivatives.
- Users of Debian derivatives such as “BunsenLabs Linux”, “Kali Linux” or “LMDE” (Debian-based Mint) should follow the installation instructions for Debian, substituting the version of their distro for the corresponding Debian release. Refer to the documentation of your distro to find which Debian release corresponds with your derivative version.
- Likewise, users of Ubuntu derivatives such as “Kubuntu”, “Lubuntu” or “Xubuntu” should follow the installation instructions for Ubuntu, substituting the version of their distro for the corresponding Ubuntu release. Refer to the documentation of your distro to find which Ubuntu release corresponds with your derivative version.
- Some Linux distributions are providing a package of Docker Engine through their package repositories. These packages are built and maintained by the Linux distribution’s package maintainers and may have differences in configuration or built from modified source code. Docker is not involved in releasing these packages and bugs or issues involving these packages should be reported in your Linux distribution’s issue tracker.
Docker provides binaries for manual installation of Docker Engine. These binaries are statically linked and can be used on any Linux distribution.
Docker Engine has three types of update channels, stable, test, and nightly:
- The Stable channel gives you latest releases for general availability.
- The Test channel gives pre-releases that are ready for testing before general availability (GA).
- The Nightly channel gives you latest builds of work in progress for the next major release.
Year-month releases are made from a release branch diverged from the master
branch. The branch is created with format
<year>.<month>, for example
20.10. The year-month name indicates the earliest possible calendar
month to expect the release to be generally available. All further patch
releases are performed from that branch. For example, once
released, all subsequent patch releases are built from the
In preparation for a new year-month release, a branch is created from
the master branch with format
YY.mm when the milestones desired by
Docker for the release have achieved feature-complete. Pre-releases
such as betas and release candidates are conducted from their respective release
branches. Patch releases and the corresponding pre-releases are performed
from within the corresponding release branch.
Nightly builds give you the latest builds of work in progress for the next major release. They are created once per day from the master branch with the version format:
where the time is the commit time in UTC and the final suffix is the prefix
of the commit hash, for example
These builds allow for testing from the latest code on the master branch. No qualifications or guarantees are made for the nightly builds.
Docker Engine releases of a year-month branch are supported with patches as needed for one month after the next year-month general availability release.
This means bug reports and backports to release branches are assessed until the end-of-life date.
After the year-month branch has reached end-of-life, the branch may be deleted from the repository.
Backports to the Docker products are prioritized by the Docker company. A Docker employee or repository maintainer will endeavour to ensure sensible bugfixes make it into active releases.
If there are important fixes that ought to be considered for backport to active release branches, be sure to highlight this in the PR description or by adding a comment to the PR.
Patch releases are always backward compatible with its year-month version.
Docker is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. See LICENSE for the full license text.
Reporting security issues
The Docker maintainers take security seriously. If you discover a security issue, please bring it to their attention right away!
Please DO NOT file a public issue; instead send your report privately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security reports are greatly appreciated, and Docker will publicly thank you for it.
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