Install Docker

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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.

CapabilitiesCommunity EditionEnterprise Edition BasicEnterprise Edition StandardEnterprise Edition Advanced
Container engine and built in orchestration, networking, securityyesyesyesyes
Certified infrastructure, plugins and ISV containers yesyesyes
Image management  yesyes
Container app management  yesyes
Image security scanning   yes

Supported platforms

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.


PlatformDocker CE x86_64Docker CE ARMDocker EE
Docker for Mac (macOS)yes  
Docker for Windows (Microsoft Windows 10)yes  


PlatformDocker CE x86_64Docker CE ARMDocker EE
Amazon Web Servicesyes yes
Microsoft Azureyes yes
IBM Cloud (Beta)  yes

See also Docker Cloud for setup instructions for Digital Ocean, Packet, SoftLayer, or Bring Your Own Cloud.


Docker EE

Platformx86_64 / amd64IBM Power (ppc64le)IBM Z (s390x)
Oracle Linuxyes  
Red Hat Enterprise Linuxyesyesyes
SUSE Linux Enterprise Serveryesyesyes
Microsoft Windows Server 2016yes  

Limitations for Docker EE on IBM Power architecture

  • Neither UCP managers nor workers are supported on IBM Power.

Docker CE

Platformx86_64 / amd64ARMARM64 / AARCH64IBM Power (ppc64le)IBM Z (s390x)
CentOSyes yes  

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.

Prior releases

Instructions for installing prior releases of Docker can be found in the Docker archives.

Docker Cloud

You can use Docker Cloud to automatically provision and manage your cloud instances.

Get started

After setting up Docker, try learning the basics over at Getting started with Docker.

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