Install Docker Desktop on Mac

Docker May 02, 2020

System requirements

  • Mac hardware must be a 2010 or a newer model, with Intel’s hardware support for memory management unit (MMU) virtualization, including Extended Page Tables (EPT) and Unrestricted Mode. You can check to see if your machine has this support by running the following command in a terminal: sysctl kern.hv_support
  • If your Mac supports the Hypervisor framework, the command prints kern.hv_support: 1.
  • macOS must be version 10.13 or newer. That is, Catalina, Mojave, or High Sierra. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of macOS.
  • If you experience any issues after upgrading your macOS to version 10.15, you must install the latest version of Docker Desktop to be compatible with this version of macOS.

Note: Docker supports Docker Desktop on the most recent versions of macOS. That is, the current release of macOS and the previous two releases. Docker Desktop currently supports macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, and macOS High Sierra.

  • As new major versions of macOS are made generally available, Docker stops supporting the oldest version and support the newest version of macOS (in addition to the previous two releases).
  • At least 4 GB of RAM.
  • VirtualBox prior to version 4.3.30 must not be installed as it is not compatible with Docker Desktop.

What’s included in the installer

The Docker Desktop installation includes Docker Engine, Docker CLI client, Docker Compose, Notary, Kubernetes, and Credential Helper.

Download from Docker Hub

Install and run Docker Desktop on Mac

  • Double-click Docker.dmg to open the installer, then drag the Docker icon to the Applications folder.
  • Double-click in the Applications folder to start Docker. (In the example below, the Applications folder is in “grid” view mode.)

You are prompted to authorize with your system password after you launch it. Privileged access is needed to install networking components and links to the Docker apps.

The Docker menu in the top status bar indicates that Docker Desktop is running, and accessible from a terminal.

If you just installed the app, you also get a message with suggested next steps and a link to the documentation. Click the Docker menu in the status bar to dismiss this pop-up notification.

  • Click the Docker menu to see Preferences and other options.
  • Select About Docker to verify that you have the latest version.

Congratulations! You are now successfully running Docker Desktop.

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