Docker is one of the most popular tools used for containerization. This article contains step by step instructions for installing and configuring docker in Ubuntu. These instructions will work on Ubuntu versions 16.04, 18.04 and 18.10. If you have a different Ubuntu version, you may experience problems.
This article is a short and simple version of the official guide. If you need a more in-depth instructions or if you experience any problem during installation, take a look at the following links
Install Dependencies and Configure Repositories
Remove older versions of docker and dependencies if any of them are installed.
sudo apt remove docker docker-engine docker.io containerd runc
Now we need to install some packages for configuring
apt to use
HTTPS and some other packages for to be used in next
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-common
Next step is to add GPG keys for docker
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
Once the key is added, we can docker repository to
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
Before installing docker, you should update
apt package index.
sudo apt update
Now you can install
docker-ce and other packages.
sudo apt install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io
You would probably need
sudo apt install docker-compose
Docker provides a
hello-world test image to for testing and verification. Lets start a container using this image to
verify our installation.
sudo docker run hello-world
This will pull the
hello-world image and run it for you.
Configure Docker of Non-root Users
You may have noticed a
sudo before the last command. We need root permissions to run docker containers. In this step,
we are going to remove that little inconvenience.
Add a group for docker.
sudo groupadd docker
If you get an error saying the group already exists, that is alright. Just ignore the error and proceed to next step.
Now we have to add your user account to docker group.
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
Log out from Ubuntu and log in back again. You should be able to run docker without root privileges. Verify it using the
docker run hello-world
If this throws a permission denied error, you would probably need to restart your Ubuntu.
Configure Docker to Start During Boot
We are going configure docker to start when Ubuntu boots. Run
sudo systemctl enable docker
You can verify docker running status using
sudo systemctl status docker
If you do not want docker to start during boot, you can disable it using
sudo systemctl disable docker