Compose V1 no longer receives updates and will not be available in new releases of Docker Desktop after June 2023.
Compose V2 is included with all currently supported versions of Docker Desktop. For more information, see Migrate to Compose V2.
This page contains summary information about the available options for getting Docker Compose.
Scenario one: Install Docker Desktop
The easiest and recommended way to get Docker Compose is to install Docker Desktop. Docker Desktop includes Docker Compose along with Docker Engine and Docker CLI which are Compose prerequisites.
Docker Desktop is available on:
If you have already installed Docker Desktop, you can check which version of Compose you have by selecting About Docker Desktop from the Docker menu
Scenario two: Install the Compose plugin
If you already have Docker Engine and Docker CLI installed, you can install the Compose plugin from the command line, by either:
This is only available on Linux
Scenario three: Install the Compose standalone
You can install the Compose standalone on Linux or on Windows Server.
This install scenario is not recommended and is only supported for backward compatibility purposes.