Docker Compose overview


From the end of June 2023 Compose V1 won’t be supported anymore and will be removed from all Docker Desktop versions.

Make sure you switch to Compose V2 with the docker compose CLI plugin or by activating the Use Docker Compose V2 setting in Docker Desktop. For more information, see the Evolution of Compose

Compose is a tool for defining and running multi-container Docker applications. With Compose, you use a YAML file to configure your application’s services. Then, with a single command, you create and start all the services from your configuration.

Compose works in all environments: production, staging, development, testing, as well as CI workflows. It also has commands for managing the whole lifecycle of your application:

  • Start, stop, and rebuild services
  • View the status of running services
  • Stream the log output of running services
  • Run a one-off command on a service

The key features of Compose that make it effective are:

Download and install

Install Compose

Follow the instructions on how to install Docker Compose.

Docker Compose

Try Compose

Learn the key concepts of Docker Compose whilst building a simple Python web application.

Release notes

View the release notes

Find out about the latest enhancements and bug fixes.


Understand key features of Compose

Understand its key features and explore common use cases.

Additional resources

Explore the Compose file reference

Find information on defining services, networks, and volumes for a Docker application.

Give feedback

Browse common FAQs

Explore general FAQs and find out how to give feedback.