Install Compose standalone
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.
On this page you can find instructions on how to install Compose standalone on Linux or Windows Server, from the command line.
Note that Compose standalone uses the
-composesyntax instead of the current standard syntax
For example type
docker-compose upwhen using Compose standalone, instead of
docker compose up.
- To download and install Compose standalone, run:
$ curl -SL https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/v2.18.1/docker-compose-linux-x86_64 -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
- Apply executable permissions to the standalone binary in the target path for the installation.
- Test and execute compose commands using
If the command
docker-composefails after installation, check your path. You can also create a symbolic link to
/usr/binor any other directory in your path. For example:
$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/docker-compose /usr/bin/docker-compose
On Windows Server
Follow these instructions if you are running the Docker daemon and client directly on Microsoft Windows Server and want to install Docker Compose.
Run PowerShell as an administrator. When asked if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, click Yes in order to proceed with the installation.
GitHub now requires TLS1.2. In PowerShell, run the following:
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
Run the following command to download the latest release of Compose (v2.18.1):
Start-BitsTransfer -Source "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/v2.18.1/docker-compose-windows-x86_64.exe" -Destination $Env:ProgramFiles\Docker\docker-compose.exe
On Windows Server 2019 you can add the Compose executable to
$Env:ProgramFiles\Docker. Because this directory is registered in the system
PATH, you can run the
docker-compose --versioncommand on the subsequent step with no additional configuration.
To install a different version of Compose, substitute
v2.18.1with the version of Compose you want to use.
Test the installation.
$ docker-compose.exe version Docker Compose version v2.18.1