Manage usage data collection

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Docker Engine - Enterprise version 17.06 and later includes a telemetry plugin. The plugin is enabled by default on Ubuntu starting with Docker Engine - Enterprise 17.06.0 and on the rest of the Docker Engine - Enterprise supported Linux distributions starting with version 17.06.2-ee-5. The telemetry plugin is not part of Docker Engine - Enterprise for Windows Server.

The telemetry plugin sends system information to Docker Inc. Docker uses this information to improve Docker Engine - Enterprise. For details about the telemetry plugin and the types of data it collects, see the telemetry plugin documentation.

If your Docker instance runs in an environment with no internet connectivity, the telemetry plugin does not collect or attempt to send any information to Docker Inc.

Manage data collection

If you don’t wish to send any usage data to Docker Inc., you can disable the plugin, either using the Docker CLI or using Universal Control Plane.


If you’re using Docker Engine - Enterprise with Universal Control Plane (UCP), use UCP to enable and disable metrics. Use the CLI only if you don’t have UCP. UCP re-enables the telemetry plugin for hosts where it was disabled with the CLI.

Use Universal Control Plane

If you use Universal Control Plane with Docker Engine - Enterprise, do not use the Docker CLI to disable the telemetry plugin. Instead, you can manage the information sent to Docker by going to Admin Settings and choosing Usage.

UCP admin settings Usage defaults

To disable the telemetry plugin, disable all three options and click Save. Enabling either or both of the top two options will enable the telemetry plugin. You can find out more about an individual option by clicking the ? icon.

API usage metrics

If API usage statistics are enabled, Docker gathers only aggregate stats about what API endpoints are used. API payload contents aren’t collected.

Use the CLI to control telemetry

At the engine level, there is a telemetry module built into the Docker Enterprise Engine 18.09 or newer. It can be disabled by modifing the daemon configuration file. By default this is stored at /etc/docker/daemon.json.

  "features": {
    "telemetry": false

For the Docker daemon to pick up the changes in the configuration file, the Docker daemon will need to be restarted.

$ sudo systemctl reboot docker

To reenable the telemetry module, swap the value to "telemetry": true or completely remove the "telemetry": false line, as the default value is true.

Docker Enterprise Engine 18.03 or older

For Docker Enterprise Engine 18.03 or older, the telemetry module ran as a Docker Plugin. To disable the telemetry plugin, use the docker plugin disable with either the plugin NAME or ID:

$ docker plugin ls
ID                  NAME                                           [..]
114dbeaa400c        docker/telemetry:1.0.0.linux-x86_64-stable     [..]

$ docker plugin disable docker/telemetry:1.0.0.linux-x86_64-stable

This command must be run on each Docker host.

To re-enable the telemetry plugin, you can use docker plugin enable with either the plugin NAME or ID:

$ docker plugin ls
ID                  NAME                                           [..]
114dbeaa400c        docker/telemetry:1.0.0.linux-x86_64-stable     [..]

$ docker plugin enable docker/telemetry:1.0.0.linux-x86_64-stable
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