Install Docker Desktop on Mac

This page contains download URLs, information about system requirements, and instructions on how to install Docker Desktop for Mac.

For checksums, see Release notes.

Docker Desktop terms

Commercial use of Docker Desktop in larger enterprises (more than 250 employees OR more than $10 million USD in annual revenue) requires a paid subscription.

System requirements

  • macOS must be version 11 or newer. That is Big Sur (11), Monterey (12), or Ventura (13). We recommend upgrading to the latest version of macOS.


    Docker supports Docker Desktop on the most recent versions of macOS. That is, the current release of macOS and the previous two releases. As new major versions of macOS are made generally available, Docker stops supporting the oldest version and supports the newest version of macOS (in addition to the previous two releases).

  • At least 4 GB of RAM.

  • VirtualBox prior to version 4.3.30 must not be installed as it is not compatible with Docker Desktop.

Beginning with Docker Desktop 4.3.0, we have removed the hard requirement to install Rosetta 2. There are a few optional command line tools that still require Rosetta 2 when using Darwin/AMD64. See Known issues. However, to get the best experience, we recommend that you install Rosetta 2. To install Rosetta 2 manually from the command line, run the following command:

$ softwareupdate --install-rosetta

Install and run Docker Desktop on Mac

Install interactively

  1. Double-click Docker.dmg to open the installer, then drag the Docker icon to the Applications folder.

  2. Double-click in the Applications folder to start Docker.

  3. The Docker menu ( whale menu ) displays the Docker Subscription Service Agreement.

    Here’s a summary of the key points:

    • Docker Desktop is free for small businesses (fewer than 250 employees AND less than $10 million in annual revenue), personal use, education, and non-commercial open source projects.
    • Otherwise, it requires a paid subscription for professional use.
    • Paid subscriptions are also required for government entities.
    • The Docker Pro, Team, and Business subscriptions include commercial use of Docker Desktop.
  4. Select Accept to continue.

    Note that Docker Desktop won't run if you do not agree to the terms. You can choose to accept the terms at a later date by opening Docker Desktop.

    For more information, see Docker Desktop Subscription Service Agreementopen_in_new. We recommend that you also read the FAQsopen_in_new.

  5. From the installation window, select either:

    • Use recommended settings (Requires password). This let's Docker Desktop automatically set the necessary configuration settings.
    • Use advanced settings. You can then set the location of the Docker CLI tools either in the system or user directory, enable the default Docker socket, and enable privileged port mapping. See Settings, for more information and how to set the location of the Docker CLI tools.
  6. Select Finish. If you have applied any of the above configurations that require a password in step 5, enter your password to confirm your choice.

Install from the command line

After downloading Docker.dmg, run the following commands in a terminal to install Docker Desktop in the Applications folder:

$ sudo hdiutil attach Docker.dmg
$ sudo /Volumes/Docker/
$ sudo hdiutil detach /Volumes/Docker

As macOS typically performs security checks the first time an application is used, the install command can take several minutes to run.

The install command accepts the following flags:

  • --accept-license: Accepts the Docker Subscription Service Agreementopen_in_new now, rather than requiring it to be accepted when the application is first run.
  • --allowed-org=<org name>: Requires the user to sign in and be part of the specified Docker Hub organization when running the application
  • --user=<username>: Performs the privileged configurations once during installation. This removes the need for the user to grant root privileges on first run. For more information, see Privileged helper permission requirements. To find the username, enter ls /Users in the CLI.
  • --admin-settings: Automatically creates an admin-settings.json file which is used by administrators to control certain Docker Desktop settings on client machines within their organization. For more information, see Settings Management.
    • It must be used together with the --allowed-org=<org name> flag.
    • For example: --allowed-org=<org name> --admin-settings='{"configurationFileVersion": 2, "enhancedContainerIsolation": {"value": true, "locked": false}}'
  • --proxy-http-mode=<mode>: Sets the HTTP Proxy mode. The two modes are system (default) or manual.
  • --override-proxy-http=<URL>: Sets the URL of the HTTP proxy that must be used for outgoing HTTP requests. It requires --proxy-http-mode to be manual.
  • --override-proxy-https=<URL>: Sets the URL of the HTTP proxy that must be used for outgoing HTTPS requests, requires --proxy-http-mode to be manual
  • --override-proxy-exclude=<hosts/domains>: Bypasses proxy settings for the hosts and domains. It's a comma-separated list.

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