Apple Silicon Tech Preview

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Welcome to Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon.


We encourage you to try the release candidate and report any issues in the Docker Desktop for Mac GitHub repository.

Docker Desktop RC 3


Click on the following link to download the latest release candidate of Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon.


In this build, we have defaulted to a qemu-based virtual machine, which we believe resolves some of the issues noted as known issues in the previous release candidate. You can switch between qemu-based and virtualization.framework-based virtual machines using the Preferences > Experimental tab.

The backend that we choose for the GA release will depend on user feedback and bug reports. We are interested in your feedback on whether the known issues noted below are resolved with the qemu backend. We are equally interested in whether the qemu backend introduces other issues that we have not discovered in our in-house testing. Please help us by reporting any issues you have with this build, particularly in areas where your experience with the qemu backend is worse than the virtualization.framework backend.

Known issues

The following issues are not expected to be resolved in the final GA build for Apple Silicon.

  • You must install Rosetta 2 as some binaries are still Darwin/AMD64. To install Rosetta 2 manually from the command line, use this command:

      softwareupdate --install-rosetta

    We expect to fix this in a future release.

  • Not all images are available for ARM64 architecture. You can add --platform linux/amd64 to run an Intel image under emulation. In particular, the mysql image is not available for ARM64. You can work around this issue by using a mariadb image.

    However, attempts to run Intel-based containers on Apple Silicon machines can crash as QEMU sometimes fails to run the container. Filesystem change notification APIs (e.g. inotify) do not work under QEMU emulation, see docker/for-mac#5321. Therefore, we recommend that you run ARM64 containers on Apple Silicon machines. These containers are also faster and use less memory than Intel-based containers.

    We expect this issue to become less common over time, as more and more images are rebuilt supporting multiple architectures.

The following issues are seen when using the virtualization.framework back end.

  • Some VPN clients can prevent the VM running Docker from communicating with the host, preventing Docker Desktop starting correctly. See docker/for-mac#5208.

    This is an interaction between vmnet.framework (as used by virtualization.framework in Big Sur) and the VPN clients.

  • Docker Desktop is incompatible with macOS Internet Sharing. See docker/for-mac#5348.

    This is an interaction between vmnet.framework (as used by virtualization.framework in Big Sur) and macOS Internet Sharing. At the moment it is not possible to use Docker Desktop and macOS Internet Sharing at the same time.

  • Some container disk I/O is much slower than expected. See docker/for-mac#5389. Disk flushes are particularly slow due to the need to guarantee data is written to stable storage on the host.

    This is an artifact of the new virtualization.framework in Big Sur.

  • TCP and UDP port 53 (DNS) are bound on the host when Docker Desktop starts. Therefore you cannot bind to port 53 on all interfaces with a command like docker run -p 53:53. See docker/for-mac#5335.

    This is an artifact of the new virtualization.framework in Big Sur. A workaround is to bind to a specific IP address e.g. docker run -p

  • The Linux Kernel may occasionally crash. Docker now detects this problem and pops up an error dialog offering the user the ability to quickly restart Linux.

    We are still gathering data and testing alternate kernel versions.

The following issues are seen when using the qemu backend.

  • ping from inside a container to the Internet does not work as expected. To test the network, we recommend using curl or wget. See docker/for-mac#5322.

Fixes since Docker Desktop RC 2

Fixes since Docker Desktop RC 1

Fixes since Docker Desktop preview 3.1.0

  • The build should update automatically to future versions.
  • HTTP proxy support is working, including support for domain name based no_proxy rules via TLS SNI. Fixes docker/for-mac#2732.

Fixes since the Apple Silicon preview 7

  • Kubernetes now works (although you might need to reset the cluster in our Troubleshoot menu one time to regenerate the certificates).
  • osxfs file sharing works.
  • The host.docker.internal and vm.docker.internal DNS entries now resolve.
  • Removed hard-coded IP addresses: Docker Desktop now dynamically discovers the IP allocated by macOS.
  • The updated version includes a change that should improve disk performance.
  • The Restart option in the Docker menu works.


Thank you for trying out the Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon tech preview. Your feedback is important to us. Let us know your feedback by creating an issue in the Docker Desktop for Mac GitHubrepository.

We also recommend that you join the Docker Community Slack and ask questions in #docker-desktop-mac channel.

For more information about the tech preview, see our blog post Download and Try the Tech Preview of Docker Desktop for M1.

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