Docker Desktop release notes

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This page contains information about the new features, improvements, known issues, and bug fixes in Docker Desktop releases.

Note

The information below is applicable to all platforms, unless stated otherwise.

Take a look at the Docker Public Roadmap to see what’s coming next.

For frequently asked questions about Docker Desktop releases, see FAQs

Docker Desktop 4.9.1

2022-06-16

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Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

Docker Desktop 4.9.0

2022-06-02

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New

  • Added additional guides on the homepage for: Elasticsearch, MariaDB, Memcached, MySQL, RabbitMQ and Ubuntu.
  • Added a footer to the Docker Dashboard with general information about the Docker Desktop update status and Docker Engine statistics
  • Re-designed the containers table, adding:
    • A button to copy a container ID to the clipboard
    • A pause button for each container
    • Column resizing for the containers table
    • Persistence of sorting and resizing for the containers table
    • Bulk deletion for the containers table

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Fixed an issue which caused Docker Desktop to hang if you quit the app whilst Docker Desktop was paused.
  • Fixed the Kubernetes cluster not resetting properly after the PKI expires.
  • Fixed an issue where the Extensions Marketplace was not using the defined http proxies.
  • Improved the logs search functionality in Docker Dashboard to allow spaces.
  • Middle-button mouse clicks on buttons in the Dashboard now behave as a left-button click instead of opening a blank window.

For Mac

  • Fixed an issue to avoid creating /opt/containerd/bin and /opt/containerd/lib on the host if /opt has been added to the file sharing directories list.

For Windows

  • Fixed a bug in the WSL 2 integration where if a file or directory is bind-mounted to a container, and the container exits, then the file or directory is replaced with the other type of object with the same name. For example, if a file is replaced with a directory or a directory with a file, any attempts to bind-mount the new object fails.
  • Fixed a bug where the Tray icon and Dashboard UI didn’t show up and Docker Desktop didn’t fully start. Fixes docker/for-win#12622.

Known issues

For Linux

  • Changing ownership rights for files in bind mounts fails. This is due to the way we have implemented file sharing between the host and VM within which the Docker Engine runs. We aim to resolve this issue in the next release.

Docker Desktop 4.8.2

2022-05-18

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Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

  • Fixed an issue with manual proxy settings which caused problems when pulling images. Fixes docker/for-win#12714 and docker/for-mac#6315.
  • Fixed high CPU usage when extensions are disabled. Fixes docker/for-mac#6310.
  • Docker Desktop now redacts HTTP proxy passwords in log files and diagnostics.

Known issues

For Linux

  • Changing ownership rights for files in bind mounts fails. This is due to the way we have implemented file sharing between the host and VM within which the Docker Engine runs. We aim to resolve this issue in the next release.

Docker Desktop 4.8.1

2022-05-09

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New

Bug fixes and minor changes

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Kubernetes cluster to be deleted when updating Docker Desktop.

Known issues

For Linux

  • Changing ownership rights for files in bind mounts fails. This is due to the way we have implemented file sharing between the host and VM within which the Docker Engine runs. We aim to resolve this issue in the next release.

Docker Desktop 4.8.0

2022-05-06

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New

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Introduced reading system proxy. You no longer need to manually configure proxies unless it differs from your OS level proxy.
  • Fixed a bug that showed Remote Repositories in the Dashboard when running behind a proxy.
  • Fixed vpnkit establishing and blocking the client connection even if the server is gone. See docker/for-mac#6235
  • Made improvements on the Volume tab in Docker Desktop:
    • Volume size is displayed.
    • Columns can be resized, hidden and reordered.
    • A columns sort order and hidden state is persisted, even after Docker Desktop restarts.
    • Row selection is persisted when switching between tabs, even after Docker Desktop restarts.
  • Fixed a bug in the Dev Environments tab that did not add a scroll when more items were added to the screen.
  • Standardised the header title and action in the Dashboard.
  • Added support for downloading Registry Access Management policies through HTTP proxies.
  • Fixed an issue related to empty remote repositories when the machine is in sleep mode for an extended period of time.
  • Fixed a bug where dangling images were not selected in the cleanup process if their name was not marked as “<none>” but their tag is.
  • Improved the error message when docker pull fails because an HTTP proxy is required.
  • Added the ability to clear the search bar easily in Docker Desktop.
  • Renamed the “Containers / Apps” tab to “Containers”.
  • Fixed a silent crash in the Docker Desktop installer when C:\ProgramData\DockerDesktop is a file or a symlink.
  • Fixed a bug where an image with no namespace, for example docker pull <private registry>/image, would be erroneously blocked by Registry Access Management unless access to Docker Hub was enabled in settings.

For Mac

  • Docker Desktop’s icon now matches Big Sur Style guide. See docker/for-mac#5536
  • Fixed a problem with duplicate Dock icons and Dock icon not working as expected. Fixes docker/for-mac#6189.
  • Improved support for the Cmd+Q shortcut.

For Windows

  • Improved support for the Ctrl+W shortcut.

Known issues

For all platforms

  • Currently, if you are running a Kubernetes cluster, it will be deleted when you upgrade to Docker Desktop 4.8.0. We aim to fix this in the next release.

For Linux

  • Changing ownership rights for files in bind mounts fails. This is due to the way we have implemented file sharing between the host and VM within which the Docker Engine runs. We aim to resolve this issue in the next release.

Docker Desktop 4.7.1

2022-04-19

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Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Fixed a crash on the Quick Start Guide final screen.

For Windows

Docker Desktop 4.7.0

2022-04-07

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Security

New

  • IT Administrators can now install Docker Desktop remotely using the command line.
  • Add the Docker Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) CLI plugin. The new CLI plugin enables users to generate SBOMs for Docker images. For more information, see Docker SBOM.
  • Use cri-dockerd for new Kubernetes clusters instead of dockershim. The change is transparent from the user’s point of view and Kubernetes containers run on the Docker Engine as before. cri-dockerd allows Kubernetes to manage Docker containers using the standard Container Runtime Interface, the same interface used to control other container runtimes. For more information, see The Future of Dockershim is cri-dockerd.

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Fixed a bug where the Registry Access Management policy was never refreshed after a failure.
  • Logs and terminals in the UI now respect your OS theme in light and dark mode.
  • Easily clean up many volumes at once via multi-select checkboxes.
  • Improved login feedback.

For Mac

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Docker Desktop to display a blank white screen. Fixes docker/for-mac#6134.
  • Fixed a problem where gettimeofday() performance drops after waking from sleep when using Hyperkit. Fixes docker/for-mac#3455.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Docker Desktop to become unresponsive during startup when osxfs is used for file sharing.

For Windows

  • Fixed volume title. Fixes docker/for-win#12616.
  • Fixed a bug in the WSL 2 integration that caused Docker commands to stop working after restarting Docker Desktop or after switching to Windows containers.

Docker Desktop 4.6.1

2022-03-22

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Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

  • Prevented spinning in vpnkit-forwarder filling the logs with error messages.
  • Fixed diagnostics upload when there is no HTTP proxy set. Fixes docker/for-mac#6234.
  • Removed a false positive “vm is not running” error from self-diagnose. Fixes docker/for-mac#6233.

Docker Desktop 4.6.0

2022-03-14

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Security

For all platforms

  • Fixed CVE-2022-0847, aka “Dirty Pipe”, an issue that could enable attackers to modify files in container images on the host, from inside a container. If using the WSL 2 backend, you must update WSL 2 by running wsl --update.

For Windows

  • Fixed CVE-2022-26659, which could allow an attacker to overwrite any administrator writable file on the system during the installation or the update of Docker Desktop.

New

For all platforms

  • The Docker Dashboard Volume Management feature now offers the ability to efficiently clean up volumes using multi-select checkboxes.

For Mac

  • Docker Desktop 4.6.0 gives macOS users the option of enabling a new experimental file sharing technology called VirtioFS. During testing VirtioFS has been shown to drastically reduce the time taken to sync changes between the host and VM, leading to substantial performance improvements. For more information, see VirtioFS.

Upgrades

For all platforms

For Mac

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Fixed uploading diagnostics when an HTTPS proxy is set.
  • Made checking for updates from the systray menu open the Software updates settings section.

For Mac

  • Fixed the systray menu not displaying all menu items after starting Docker Desktop. Fixes docker/for-mac#6192.
  • Fixed a regression about Docker Desktop not starting in background anymore. Fixes docker/for-mac#6167.
  • Fixed missing Docker Desktop Dock icon. Fixes docker/for-mac#6173.
  • Used speed up block device access when using the experimental virtualization.framework. See benchmarks.
  • Increased default VM memory allocation to half of physical memory (min 2 GB, max 8 GB) for better out-of-the-box performances.

For Windows

  • Fixed the UI stuck in starting state forever although Docker Desktop is working fine from the command line.
  • Fixed missing Docker Desktop systray icon docker/for-win#12573
  • Fixed Registry Access Management under WSL 2 with latest 5.10.60.1 kernel.
  • Fixed a UI crash when selecting the containers of a Compose application started from a WSL 2 environment. Fixes docker/for-win#12567.
  • Fixed copying text from terminal in Quick Start Guide. Fixes docker/for-win#12444.

Known issues

For Mac

  • After enabling VirtioFS, containers with processes running with different Unix user IDs may experience caching issues. For example if a process running as root queries a file and another process running as user nginx tries to access the same file immediately, the nginx process will get a “Permission Denied” error.

Docker Desktop 4.5.1

2022-02-15

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Bug fixes and minor changes

For Windows

  • Fixed an issue that caused new installations to default to the Hyper-V backend instead of WSL 2.
  • Fixed a crash in the Docker Dashboard which would make the systray menu disappear.

If you are running Docker Desktop on Windows Home, installing 4.5.1 will switch it back to WSL 2 automatically. If you are running another version of Windows, and you want Docker Desktop to use the WSL 2 backend, you must manually switch by enabling the Use the WSL 2 based engine option in the Settings > General section. Alternatively, you can edit the Docker Desktop settings file located at %APPDATA%\Docker\settings.json and manually switch the value of the wslEngineEnabled field to true.

Docker Desktop 4.5.0

2022-02-10

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Security

For Mac

  • Fixed CVE-2021-44719 where Docker Desktop could be used to access any user file on the host from a container, bypassing the allowed list of shared folders.

For Windows

  • Fixed CVE-2022-23774 where Docker Desktop allows attackers to move arbitrary files.

New

  • Docker Desktop 4.5.0 introduces a new version of the Docker menu which creates a consistent user experience across all operating systems. For more information, see the blog post New Docker Menu & Improved Release Highlights with Docker Desktop 4.5
  • The ‘docker version’ output now displays the version of Docker Desktop installed on the machine.

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Fixed an issue where Docker Desktop incorrectly prompted users to sign in after they quit Docker Desktop and start the application.
  • Increased the filesystem watch (inotify) limits by setting fs.inotify.max_user_watches=1048576 and fs.inotify.max_user_instances=8192 in Linux. Fixes docker/for-mac#6071.

For Mac

  • Fixed an issue that caused the VM to become unresponsive during startup when using osxfs and when no host directories are shared with the VM.
  • Fixed an issue that didn’t allow users to stop a Docker Compose application using Docker Dashboard if the application was started in a different version of Docker Compose. For example, if the user started a Docker Compose application in V1 and then switched to Docker Compose V2, attempts to stop the Docker Compose application would fail.
  • Fixed an issue where Docker Desktop incorrectly prompted users to sign in after they quit Docker Desktop and start the application.
  • Fixed an issue where the About Docker Desktop window wasn’t working anymore.
  • Limit the number of CPUs to 8 on Mac M1 to fix the startup problem. Fixes docker/for-mac#6063.

For Windows

  • Fixed an issue related to compose app started with version 2, but the dashboard only deals with version 1

Known issues

For Windows

Installing Docker Desktop 4.5.0 from scratch has a bug which defaults Docker Desktop to use the Hyper-V backend instead of WSL 2. This means, Windows Home users will not be able to start Docker Desktop as WSL 2 is the only supported backend. To work around this issue, you must uninstall 4.5.0 from your machine and then download and install Docker Desktop 4.5.1 or a higher version. Alternatively, you can edit the Docker Desktop settings.json file located at %APPDATA%\Docker\settings.json and manually switch the value of the wslEngineEnabled field to true.

Docker Desktop 4.4.4

2022-01-24

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Bug fixes and minor changes

For Windows

Known issues

For Windows

  • Clicking Proceed to Desktop after signing in through the browser, sometimes does not bring the Dashboard to the front.
  • After logging in, when the Dashboard receives focus, it sometimes stays in the foreground even when clicking a background window. As a workaround you need to click the Dashboard before clicking another application window.
  • The tips of the week show on top of the mandatory login dialog when an organization restriction is enabled via a registry.json file.

Docker Desktop 4.4.3

2022-01-14

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Bug fixes and minor changes

For Windows

  • Disabled Dashboard shortcuts to prevent capturing them even when minimized or un-focussed. Fixes docker/for-win#12495.

Known issues

For Windows

  • Clicking Proceed to Desktop after signing in through the browser, sometimes does not bring the Dashboard to the front.
  • After logging in, when the Dashboard receives focus, it sometimes stays in the foreground even when clicking a background window. As a workaround you need to click the Dashboard before clicking another application window.
  • The tips of the week show on top of the mandatory login dialog when an organization restriction is enabled via a registry.json file.

Docker Desktop 4.4.2

2022-01-13

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Security

  • Fixed CVE-2021-45449 that affects users currently on Docker Desktop version 4.3.0 or 4.3.1.

Docker Desktop version 4.3.0 and 4.3.1 has a bug that may log sensitive information (access token or password) on the user’s machine during login. This only affects users if they are on Docker Desktop 4.3.0, 4.3.1 and the user has logged in while on 4.3.0, 4.3.1. Gaining access to this data would require having access to the user’s local files.

New

  • Easy, Secure sign in with Auth0 and Single Sign-on
    • Single Sign-on: Users with a Docker Business subscription can now configure SSO to authenticate using their identity providers (IdPs) to access Docker. For more information, see Single Sign-on.
    • Signing in to Docker Desktop now takes you through the browser so that you get all the benefits of auto-filling from password managers.

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Docker Desktop displays an error if registry.json contains more than one organization in the allowedOrgs field. If you are using multiple organizations for different groups of developers, you must provision a separate registry.json file for each group.
  • Fixed a regression in Compose that reverted the container name separator from - to _. Fixes docker/compose-switch.

For Mac

  • Fixed the memory statistics for containers in the Dashboard. Fixes docker/for-mac/#4774.
  • Added a deprecated option to settings.json: "deprecatedCgroupv1": true, which switches the Linux environment back to cgroups v1. If your software requires cgroups v1, you should update it to be compatible with cgroups v2. Although cgroups v1 should continue to work, it is likely that some future features will depend on cgroups v2. It is also possible that some Linux kernel bugs will only be fixed with cgroups v2.
  • Fixed an issue where putting the machine to Sleep mode after pausing Docker Desktop results in Docker Desktop not being able to resume from pause after the machine comes out of Sleep mode. Fixes for-mac#6058.

For Windows

  • Doing a Reset to factory defaults no longer shuts down Docker Desktop.

Known issues

For all platforms

  • The tips of the week show on top of the mandatory login dialog when an organization restriction is enabled via a registry.json file.

For Windows

  • Clicking Proceed to Desktop after logging in in the browser, sometimes does not bring the Dashboard to the front.
  • After logging in, when the Dashboard receives focus, it sometimes stays in the foreground even when clicking a background window. As a workaround you need to click the Dashboard before clicking another application window.
  • When the Dashboard is open, even if it does not have focus or is minimized, it will still catch keyboard shortcuts (e.g. ctrl-r for Restart)

Docker Desktop 4.3.2

2021-12-21

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Security

  • Fixed CVE-2021-45449 that affects users currently on Docker Desktop version 4.3.0 or 4.3.1.

Docker Desktop version 4.3.0 and 4.3.1 has a bug that may log sensitive information (access token or password) on the user’s machine during login. This only affects users if they are on Docker Desktop 4.3.0, 4.3.1 and the user has logged in while on 4.3.0, 4.3.1. Gaining access to this data would require having access to the user’s local files.

Upgrades

docker scan v0.14.0

Security

Log4j 2 CVE-2021-44228: We have updated the docker scan CLI plugin. This new version of docker scan is able to detect Log4j 2 CVE-2021-44228 and Log4j 2 CVE-2021-45046

For more information, read the blog post Apache Log4j 2 CVE-2021-44228.

Docker Desktop 4.3.1

2021-12-11

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Upgrades

docker scan v0.11.0

Security

Log4j 2 CVE-2021-44228: We have updated the docker scan CLI plugin for you. Older versions of docker scan in Docker Desktop 4.3.0 and earlier versions are not able to detect Log4j 2 CVE-2021-44228.

For more information, read the blog post Apache Log4j 2 CVE-2021-44228.

Docker Desktop 4.3.0

2021-12-02

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Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

For Mac

For Windows

  • Fixed an issue that caused Docker Desktop to fail during startup if the home directory path contains a character used in regular expressions. Fixes docker/for-win#12374.

Known issue

Docker Dashboard incorrectly displays the container memory usage as zero on Hyper-V based machines. You can use the docker stats command on the command line as a workaround to view the actual memory usage. See docker/for-mac#6076.

Deprecation

  • The following internal DNS names are deprecated and will be removed from a future release: docker-for-desktop, docker-desktop, docker.for.mac.host.internal, docker.for.mac.localhost, docker.for.mac.gateway.internal. You must now use host.docker.internal, vm.docker.internal, and gateway.docker.internal.
  • Removed: Custom RBAC rules have been removed from Docker Desktop as it gives cluster-admin privileges to all Service Accounts. Fixes docker/for-mac/#4774.

Docker Desktop 4.2.0

2021-11-09

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New

Pause/Resume: You can now pause your Docker Desktop session when you are not actively using it and save CPU resources on your machine.

Software Updates: The option to turn off automatic check for updates is now available for users on all Docker subscriptions, including Docker Personal and Docker Pro. All update-related settings have been moved to the Software Updates section.

Window management: The Docker Dashboard window size and position persists when you close and reopen Docker Desktop.

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Improved: Self-diagnose now also checks for overlap between host IPs and docker networks.
  • Fixed the position of the indicator that displays the availability of an update on the Docker Dashboard.

For Mac

  • Fixed an issue that caused Docker Desktop to stop responding upon clicking Exit on the fatal error dialog.
  • Fixed a rare startup failure affecting users having a docker volume bind-mounted on top of a directory from the host. If existing, this fix will also remove manually user added DENY DELETE ACL entries on the corresponding host directory.
  • Fixed a bug where a Docker.qcow2 file would be ignored on upgrade and a fresh Docker.raw used instead, resulting in containers and images disappearing. Note that if a system has both files (due to the previous bug) then the most recently modified file will be used, to avoid recent containers and images disappearing again. To force the use of the old Docker.qcow2, delete the newer Docker.raw file. Fixes docker/for-mac#5998.
  • Fixed a bug where subprocesses could fail unexpectedly during shutdown, triggering an unexpected fatal error popup. Fixes docker/for-mac#5834.

For Windows

  • Fixed Docker Desktop sometimes hanging when clicking Exit in the fatal error dialog.
  • Fixed an issue that frequently displayed the Download update popup when an update has been downloaded but hasn’t been applied yet docker/for-win#12188.
  • Fixed installing a new update killing the application before it has time to shut down.
  • Fixed: Installation of Docker Desktop now works even with group policies preventing users to start prerequisite services (e.g. LanmanServer) docker/for-win#12291.

Docker Desktop 4.1.1

2021-10-12

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Bug fixes and minor changes

For Mac

When upgrading from 4.1.0, the Docker menu does not change to Update and restart so you can just wait for the download to complete (icon changes) and then select Restart. This bug is fixed in 4.1.1, for future upgrades.

  • Fixed a bug where a Docker.qcow2 file would be ignored on upgrade and a fresh Docker.raw used instead, resulting in containers and images disappearing. If a system has both files (due to the previous bug), then the most recently modified file will be used to avoid recent containers and images disappearing again. To force the use of the old Docker.qcow2, delete the newer Docker.raw file. Fixes docker/for-mac#5998.
  • Fixed the update notification overlay sometimes getting out of sync between the Settings button and the Software update button in the Docker Dashboard.
  • Fixed the menu entry to install a newly downloaded Docker Desktop update. When an update is ready to install, the Restart option changes to Update and restart.

For Windows

  • Fixed a regression in WSL 2 integrations for some distros (e.g. Arch or Alpine). Fixes docker/for-win#12229
  • Fixed update notification overlay sometimes getting out of sync between the Settings button and the Software update button in the Dashboard.

Docker Desktop 4.1.0

2021-09-30

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New

  • Software Updates: The Settings tab now includes a new section to help you manage Docker Desktop updates. The Software Updates section notifies you whenever there’s a new update and allows you to download the update or view information on what’s included in the newer version.
  • Compose V2 You can now specify whether to use Docker Compose V2 in the General settings.
  • Volume Management: Volume management is now available for users on any subscription, including Docker Personal. Ships Docker Public Roadmap#215

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For Windows

  • Fixed a bug related to anti-malware software triggering, self-diagnose avoids calling the net.exe utility.
  • Fixed filesystem corruption in the WSL 2 Linux VM in self-diagnose. This can be caused by microsoft/WSL#5895.
  • Fixed SeSecurityPrivilege requirement issue. See docker/for-win#12037.
  • Fixed CLI context switch sync with UI. See docker/for-win#11721.
  • Added the key vpnKitMaxPortIdleTime to settings.json to allow the idle network connection timeout to be disabled or extended.
  • Fixed a crash on exit. See docker/for-win#12128.
  • Fixed a bug where the CLI tools would not be available in WSL 2 distros.
  • Fixed switching from Linux to Windows containers that was stuck because access rights on panic.log. See for-win#11899.

Known Issues

For Windows

Docker Desktop may fail to start when upgrading to 4.1.0 on some WSL-based distributions such as ArchWSL. See docker/for-win#12229

Docker Desktop 4.0.1

2021-09-13

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Upgrades

  • Compose V2 RC3
    • Compose v2 is now hosted on github.com/docker/compose.
    • Fixed go panic on downscale using compose up --scale.
    • Fixed a race condition in compose run --rm while capturing exit code.

Bug fixes and minor changes

For all platforms

  • Fixed a bug where copy-paste was not available in the Docker Dashboard.

For Windows

  • Fixed a bug where Docker Desktop would not start correctly with the Hyper-V engine. See docker/for-win#11963

Docker Desktop 4.0.0

2021-08-31

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New

Docker has announced updates and extensions to the product subscriptions to increase productivity, collaboration, and added security for our developers and businesses.

The updated Docker Subscription Service Agreement includes a change to the terms for Docker Desktop.

  • Docker Desktop remains 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.
  • It requires a paid subscription (Pro, Team, or Business), for as little as $5 a month, for professional use in larger enterprises.
  • The effective date of these terms is August 31, 2021. There is a grace period until January 31, 2022 for those that will require a paid subscription to use Docker Desktop.
  • The Docker Pro and Docker Team subscriptions now include commercial use of Docker Desktop.
  • The existing Docker Free subscription has been renamed Docker Personal.
  • No changes to Docker Engine or any other upstream open source Docker or Moby project.

To understand how these changes affect you, read the FAQs. For more information, see Docker subscription overview.

Upgrades

Bug fixes and minor changes

For Mac

  • Fixed a bug where SSH was not available for builds from git URL. Fixes for-mac#5902

For Windows

  • Fixed a bug where the CLI tools would not be available in WSL 2 distros.
  • Fixed a bug when switching from Linux to Windows containers due to access rights on panic.log. for-win#11899
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