docker engine activate


Activate Enterprise Edition


docker engine activate [OPTIONS]


Name, shorthand Default Description
--containerd override default location of containerd endpoint
--display-only only display license information and exit
--engine-image Specify engine image
--format Pretty-print licenses using a Go template
--license License File
--quiet Only display available licenses by ID
--registry-prefix Override the default location where engine images are pulled
--version Specify engine version (default is to use currently running version)

Parent command

Command Description
docker engine Manage the docker engine
Command Description
docker engine activate Activate Enterprise Edition
docker engine check Check for available engine updates
docker engine update Update a local engine

Extended description

Activate Enterprise Edition.

With this command you may apply an existing Docker enterprise license, or interactively download one from Docker. In the interactive exchange, you can sign up for a new trial, or download an existing license. If you are currently running a Community Edition engine, the daemon will be updated to the Enterprise Edition Docker engine with additional capabilities and long term support.

For more information about different Docker Enterprise license types visit

For non-interactive scriptable deployments, download your license from then specify the file with the ‘--license’ flag.