Docker Compose overview
Docker's documentation refers to and describes Compose V2 functionality.
Effective July 2023, Compose V1 stopped receiving updates and is no longer in new Docker Desktop releases. Compose V2 has replaced it and is now integrated into all current Docker Desktop versions. For more information, see Migrate to Compose V2.
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:
- Have multiple isolated environments on a single host
- Preserve volume data when containers are created
- Only recreate containers that have changed
- Support variables and moving a composition between environments