containerd image store (Beta)

This page provides information about the ongoing integration of containerd for image and file system management in the Docker Engine.


The containerd image store feature is currently in Beta. We recommend that you do not use this feature in production environments as this feature may change or be removed from future releases.

Enabling the containerd image store feature

The containerd image store beta feature is off by default.

To start using the feature:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Select the Experimental features tab.
  3. Next to Use containerd for pulling and storing images, select the checkbox.

To turn off this feature, clear the Use containerd for pulling and storing images checkbox.

containerd feature

Simple usage examples

Show server and storage driver version

$ docker info
 Context:    default
 Debug Mode: false
  buildx: Docker Buildx (Docker Inc., v0.9.1)
  compose: Docker Compose (Docker Inc., v2.10.2)
  extension: Manages Docker extensions (Docker Inc., v0.2.9)
  sbom: View the packaged-based Software Bill Of Materials (SBOM) for an image (Anchore Inc., 0.6.0)
  scan: Docker Scan (Docker Inc., v0.19.0)

 Containers: 0
  Running: 0
  Paused: 0
  Stopped: 0
 Images: 0
 Server Version: 22.06.0-beta.0-372-gd3bb8227ce.m
 Storage Driver: stargz
  driver-type: io.containerd.snapshotter.v1
 Logging Driver: json-file
 Cgroup Driver: cgroupfs
 Cgroup Version: 2
  Volume: local
  Network: bridge host ipvlan macvlan null overlay
  Log: awslogs fluentd gcplogs gelf journald json-file local logentries splunk syslog
 Swarm: inactive
 Runtimes: runc io.containerd.runc.v2
 Default Runtime: runc
 Init Binary: docker-init
 containerd version: 9cd3357b7fd7218e4aec3eae239db1f68a5a6ec6
 runc version: v1.1.4-0-g5fd4c4d
 init version: de40ad0
 Security Options:
   Profile: builtin
 Kernel Version: 5.10.124-linuxkit
 Operating System: Docker Desktop
 OSType: linux
 Architecture: aarch64
 CPUs: 5
 Total Memory: 7.653GiB
 Name: docker-desktop
 ID: f4d28427-96df-404c-b47b-647fe5138e2a
 Docker Root Dir: /var/lib/docker
 Debug Mode: false
 HTTP Proxy: http.docker.internal:3128
 HTTPS Proxy: http.docker.internal:3128
 No Proxy: hubproxy.docker.internal
 Experimental: false
 Insecure Registries:
 Live Restore Enabled: false

Run a simple container

$ docker run --rm hello-world
Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally
7d246653d051: Download complete
432f982638b3: Download complete
46331d942d63: Download complete
7050e35b49f5: Downloading [>                                                  ]       0B/3.208kB

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

Run the container

Run the container specifying port settings:

$ docker run -p 8080:80 -d nginx

Unable to find image 'nginx:latest' locally
b95a99feebf7: Download complete
91d5b6827ff7: Download complete
fc5ec3f147e4: Download complete
5b1423465504: Download complete
1cdde8b981f2: Download complete
6c0b05f215c0: Download complete
004f1937a10a: Download complete
fd61d71c75fe: Download complete
717bf61a04cf: Download complete

Confirm the Nginx container is running:

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE     COMMAND                  CREATED         STATUS         PORTS                  NAMES
93b4d60dfd08   nginx     "/docker-entrypoint.…"   3 seconds ago   Up 3 seconds>80/tcp   stoic_mccarthy

You can also check from the browser that Nginx is running:

Containerd setting in Docker Desktop

Building multi-platform images

Sample Dockerfile:

# syntax=docker/dockerfile:1
FROM alpine

ENTRYPOINT ["echo", "hello friends"]

Build a multi-platform image:

$ docker buildx build --platform linux/amd64,linux/arm64 -t <username>/hello-friends .
[+] Building 0.7s (7/7)

 => [internal] load .dockerignore                                                                                                                           0.0s
 => => transferring context: 2B                                                                                                                             0.0s
 => [internal] load build definition from Dockerfile                                                                                                        0.0s
 => => transferring dockerfile: 88B                                                                                                                         0.0s
 => [linux/arm64 internal] load metadata for                                                                                0.6s
 => [linux/amd64 internal] load metadata for                                                                                0.6s
 => [linux/amd64 1/1] FROM                                 0.0s
 => => resolve                                             0.0s
 => CACHED [linux/arm64 1/1] FROM                          0.0s
 => => resolve                                             0.0s
 => exporting to image                                                                                                                                      0.0s
 => => exporting layers                                                                                                                                     0.0s
 => => exporting manifest sha256:71bf02afcd7a791c268aa935027f1dc05238f5b5017d755d0fd6d9c71c1b79b9                                                           0.0s
 => => exporting config sha256:f1edbf6b99d22831f9312ab2b8b7642a904c614000bb8369ed673848f4f03578                                                             0.0s
 => => exporting manifest sha256:e41da7320a956163128d77ad69c8109af4799b41bd2e8e660bc6f01136b67f45                                                           0.0s
 => => exporting config sha256:4a5580ab8335432cf6cea7ff695f177d120fa2c9aa4002525025888e3cae16ee                                                             0.0s
 => => exporting manifest list sha256:339d089b539c950268de1edeef9652584e16efa51ea2c84ee586d3143b97234d                                                      0.0s
 => => naming to<username>/hello-friends:latest                                                                                              0.0s
 => => unpacking to<username>/hello-friends:latest

Run multi-platform image:

$ docker run <username>/hello-friends

Push a multi-platform image:

$ docker push <username>/hello-friends
Using default tag: latest
f1edbf6b99d2: Pushed
213ec9aee27d: Pushed
71bf02afcd7a: Pushed
e41da7320a95: Pushed
339d089b539c: Pushed
4a5580ab8335: Pushed
9b18e9b68314: Pushed

View Tags on DockerHub to see multi-platform result:


Known issues

Docker Desktop 4.13.0 release

  • Listing images with docker images returns the error content digest not found on ARM machines after running or pulling an image with the --platform parameter.

Docker Desktop 4.12.0 release

  • The containerd image store feature requires Buildx version 0.9.0 or newer.

    • On Docker Desktop for Linux (DD4L), validate if your locally installed version meets this requirement.


      If you’re using an older version, the Docker daemon reports the following error: Multiple platforms feature is currently not supported for docker driver. Please switch to a different driver.

      Install a newer version of Buildx following the instructions on how to manually download Buildx.

  • In Docker Desktop 4.12.0, the containerd image store feature is incompatible with the Kubernetes cluster support. Turn off the containerd image store feature if you are using the Kubernetes from Docker Desktop.
  • Local registry mirror configuration isn’t implemented yet with the containerd image store. The registry-mirrors and insecure-registries aren’t taken into account by the Docker daemon.
  • The reference filter isn’t implemented yet and will return the error invalid filter 'reference' when listing images.
  • Pulling an image may fail with the error pull access denied, repository does not exist or may require authorization: server message: insufficient_scope: authorization failed, in the situation where the image does not contain a manifest list. To workaround this issue run the docker login command and pull the image again.


Thanks for trying the new features available with containerd. Give feedback or report any bugs you may find through the issues tracker on the feedback form.