Docker Desktop overview

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Update to the Docker Desktop terms

Professional use of Docker Desktop in large organizations (more than 250 employees or more than $10 million in annual revenue) requires users to have a paid Docker subscription. While the effective date of these terms is August 31, 2021, there is a grace period until January 31, 2022 for those that require a paid subscription. For more information, see Docker Desktop License Agreement.

Docker Desktop is an easy-to-install application for your Mac or Windows environment that enables you to build and share containerized applications and microservices. Docker Desktop includes Docker Engine, Docker CLI client, Docker Compose, Docker Content Trust, Kubernetes, and Credential Helper.

Docker Desktop works with your choice of development tools and languages and gives you access to a vast library of certified images and templates in Docker Hub. This enables development teams to extend their environment to rapidly auto-build, continuously integrate, and collaborate using a secure repository.

Some of the key features of Docker Desktop include:

  • Ability to containerize and share any application on any cloud platform, in multiple languages and frameworks
  • Easy installation and setup of a complete Docker development environment
  • Includes the latest version of Kubernetes
  • Automatic updates to keep you up to date and secure
  • On Windows, the ability to toggle between Linux and Windows Server environments to build applications
  • Fast and reliable performance with native Windows Hyper-V virtualization
  • Ability to work natively on Linux through WSL 2 on Windows machines
  • Volume mounting for code and data, including file change notifications and easy access to running containers on the localhost network
  • In-container development and debugging with supported IDEs

Download and install

Docker Desktop is available for Mac and Windows. For download information, system requirements, and installation instructions, see:

For information about Docker Desktop licensing, see Docker Desktop License Agreement.

Configure Docker Desktop

To learn about the various UI options and their usage, see:

Release notes

For information about new features, improvements, and bug fixes in Docker Desktop releases, see:

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