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Docker is available in two editions: Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE).
Docker Community Edition (CE) is ideal for developers and small teams looking to get started with Docker and experimenting with container-based apps. Docker CE has two update channels, stable and edge:
- Stable gives you reliable updates every quarter
- Edge gives you new features every month
For more information about Docker CE, see Docker Community Edition.
Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business critical applications in production at scale. For more information about Docker EE, including purchasing options, see Docker Enterprise Edition.
|Capabilities||Community Edition||Enterprise Edition Basic||Enterprise Edition Standard||Enterprise Edition Advanced|
|Container engine and built in orchestration, networking, security|
|Certified infrastructure, plugins and ISV containers|
|Container app management|
|Image security scanning|
Docker CE and EE are available on multiple platforms, on cloud and on-premises. Use the following tables to choose the best installation path for you.
|Platform||Docker CE x86_64||Docker CE ARM||Docker EE|
|Docker for Mac (macOS)|
|Docker for Windows (Microsoft Windows 10)|
Docker Certified Infrastructure
Docker Certified Infrastructure is Docker’s prescriptive approach to deploying Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) on a range of infrastructure choices. Each Docker Certified Infrastructure includes a reference architecture, automation templates, and 3rd party ecosystem solution briefs, equipping you to automate and reliably deploy Docker EE as well as simplifying lifecycle management of our platform.
|Platform||Docker Enterprise Edition||Docker Community Edition|
|Amazon Web Services|
|IBM Cloud||Coming soon|
|Platform||x86_64 / amd64||IBM Power (ppc64le)||IBM Z (s390x)|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2016|
Limitations for Docker EE on IBM Power architecture
- Neither UCP managers nor workers are supported on IBM Power.
|Platform||x86_64 / amd64||ARM||ARM64 / AARCH64||IBM Power (ppc64le)||IBM Z (s390x)|
Time-based release schedule
Starting with Docker 17.03, Docker uses a time-based release schedule.
- Docker CE Edge releases generally happen monthly.
- Docker CE Stable releases generally happen quarterly, with patch releases as needed.
- Docker EE releases generally happen twice per year, with patch releases as needed.
Updates, and patches
- A given Docker EE release receives patches and updates for at least one year after it is released.
- A given Docker CE Stable release receives patches and updates for one month after the next Docker CE Stable release.
- A given Docker CE Edge release does not receive any patches or updates after a subsequent Docker CE Edge or Stable release.
Instructions for installing prior releases of Docker can be found in the Docker archives.
After setting up Docker, try learning the basics over at Getting started with Docker.docker, installation, install, docker ce, docker ee, docker editions, stable, edge