Install Docker Compose

On this page you can find a summary of the available options for installing Docker Compose.

Compose prerequisites

  • Docker Compose requires Docker Engine.
  • Docker Compose plugin requires Docker CLI.

Compose installation scenarios

You can run Compose on macOS, Windows, and 64-bit Linux. Check what installation scenario fits your needs.

Are you looking to:

  • Get latest Docker Compose and its prerequisites: Install Docker Desktop for your platform. This is the fastest route and you get Docker Engine and Docker CLI with the Compose plugin. Docker Desktop is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.

  • Install Compose plugin:

    • (Mac, Win, Linux) Docker Desktop: If you have Desktop installed then you already have the Compose plugin installed.
    • Linux systems: To install the Docker CLI’s Compose plugins use one of these methods of installation:
    • Windows Server: If you want to run the Docker daemon and client directly on Microsoft Windows Server, follow the Windows Server install instructions.

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