Get Docker EE for Ubuntu

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To get started with Docker EE on Ubuntu, make sure you meet the prerequisites, then install Docker.

Prerequisites

Docker CE users should go to Get docker CE for CentOS instead of this topic.

To install Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE), you need to know the Docker EE repository URL associated with your trial or subscription. To get this information:

  • Go to https://store.docker.com/my-content.
  • Choose Get Details / Setup Instructions within the Docker Enterprise Edition for Ubuntu section.
  • Copy the URL from the field labeled Copy and paste this URL to download your Edition.

Use this URL when you see the placeholder text <DOCKER-EE-URL>.

To learn more about Docker EE, see Docker Enterprise Edition.

OS requirements

To install Docker EE, you need the 64-bit version of one of these Ubuntu versions:

  • Xenial 16.04 (LTS)
  • Trusty 14.04 (LTS)

Docker EE is supported on x86_64 architectures.

The only supported storage driver for Docker EE on Ubuntu is aufs.

Uninstall old versions

Older versions of Docker were called docker or docker-engine. In addition, if you are upgrading from Docker CE to Docker EE, remove the Docker CE package.

$ sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine docker-ce docker.io

It’s OK if apt-get reports that none of these packages are installed.

The contents of /var/lib/docker/, including images, containers, volumes, and networks, are preserved. The Docker EE package is now called docker-ee.

Extra packages for Trusty 14.04

Docker EE users must use the aufs storage driver on production systems. Install the linux-image-extra-* packages, which allow Docker EE to use the aufs storage driver.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install \
    linux-image-extra-$(uname -r) \
    linux-image-extra-virtual

Install Docker EE

You can install Docker EE in different ways, depending on your needs:

  • Most users set up Docker’s repositories and install from them, for ease of installation and upgrade tasks. This is the recommended approach.

  • Some users download the DEB package and install it manually and manage upgrades completely manually. This is useful in situations such as installing Docker on air-gapped systems with no access to the internet.

Install using the repository

Before you install Docker EE for the first time on a new host machine, you need to set up the Docker repository. Afterward, you can install and update Docker EE from the repository.

Set up the repository

  1. Update the apt package index:

    $ sudo apt-get update
    
  2. Install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS:

    $ sudo apt-get install \
        apt-transport-https \
        ca-certificates \
        curl \
        software-properties-common
    
  3. Add Docker’s official GPG key using your customer Docker EE repository URL:

    $ curl -fsSL <DOCKER-EE-URL>/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
    

    Verify that the key fingerprint is DD91 1E99 5A64 A202 E859 07D6 BC14 F10B 6D08 5F96.

    $ apt-key fingerprint 0EBFCD88
    
    pub   4096R/6D085F96 2017-02-22
        Key fingerprint = DD91 1E99 5A64 A202 E859  07D6 BC14 F10B 6D08 5F96
    uid       [ultimate] Docker Release (EE deb) <docker@docker.com>
    sub   4096R/91A29FA3 2017-02-22
    
  4. Use the following command to set up the stable repository, replacing <DOCKER-EE-URL> with the URL you noted down in the prerequisites.

    Note: The lsb_release -cs sub-command below returns the name of your Ubuntu distribution, such as xenial.

    $ sudo add-apt-repository \
       "deb [arch=amd64] <DOCKER-EE-URL> \
       $(lsb_release -cs) \
       stable-17.03"
    

Install Docker EE

  1. Update the apt package index.

    $ sudo apt-get update
    
  2. Install the latest version of Docker EE, or go to the next step to install a specific version. Any existing installation of Docker EE is replaced.

    Use this command to install the latest version of Docker EE:

    $ sudo apt-get install docker-ee
    

    Warning: If you have multiple Docker repositories enabled, installing or updating without specifying a version in the apt-get install or apt-get update command will always install the highest possible version, which may not be appropriate for your stability needs.

  3. On production systems, you should install a specific version of Docker EE instead of always using the latest. This output is truncated. List the available versions.

    $ apt-cache madison docker-ee
    
    docker-ee | 17.03.0~ee-0~ubuntu-xenial |  xenial/stable amd64 Packages
    

    The contents of the list depend upon which repositories are enabled, and will be specific to your version of Ubuntu (indicated by the xenial suffix on the version, in this example). Choose a specific version to install. The second column is the version string. The third column is the repository name, which indicates which repository the package is from and by extension its stability level. To install a specific version, append the version string to the package name and separate them by an equals sign (=):

    $ sudo apt-get install docker-ee=<VERSION>
    

    The Docker daemon starts automatically.

  4. Verify that Docker EE is installed correctly by running the hello-world image.

    $ sudo docker run hello-world
    

    This command downloads a test image and runs it in a container. When the container runs, it prints an informational message and exits.

Docker EE is installed and running. You need to use sudo to run Docker commands. Continue to Linux postinstall to allow non-privileged users to run Docker commands and for other optional configuration steps.

Upgrade Docker EE

To upgrade Docker EE, first run sudo apt-get update, then follow the installation instructions, choosing the new version you want to install.

Install from a package

If you cannot use Docker’s repository to install Docker EE, you can download the .deb file for your release and install it manually. You will need to download a new file each time you want to upgrade Docker EE.

  1. Go to the Docker EE repository URL associated with your trial or subscription in your browser. Go to x86_64/stable-17.03 and download the .deb file for the Docker EE version you want to install.

  2. Install Docker EE, changing the path below to the path where you downloaded the Docker EE package.

    $ sudo dpkg -i /path/to/package.deb
    

    The Docker daemon starts automatically.

  3. Verify that Docker EE is installed correctly by running the hello-world image.

    $ sudo docker run hello-world
    

    This command downloads a test image and runs it in a container. When the container runs, it prints an informational message and exits.

Docker EE is installed and running. You need to use sudo to run Docker commands. Continue to Post-installation steps for Linux to allow non-privileged users to run Docker commands and for other optional configuration steps.

Upgrade Docker EE

To upgrade Docker EE, download the newer package file and repeat the installation procedure, pointing to the new file.

Uninstall Docker EE

  1. Uninstall the Docker EE package:

    $ sudo apt-get purge docker-ee
    
  2. Images, containers, volumes, or customized configuration files on your host are not automatically removed. To delete all images, containers, and volumes:

    $ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker
    

You must delete any edited configuration files manually.

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