docker version

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Show the Docker version information


$ docker version [OPTIONS]

Refer to the options section for an overview of available OPTIONS for this command.


By default, this will render all version information in an easy to read layout. If a format is specified, the given template will be executed instead.

Go’s text/template package describes all the details of the format.

For example uses of this command, refer to the examples section below.


Name, shorthand Default Description
--format , -f Format the output using the given Go template
--kubeconfig deprecatedKubernetes
Kubernetes config file


Default output

$ docker version

 Version:           19.03.8
 API version:       1.40
 Go version:        go1.12.17
 Git commit:        afacb8b
 Built:             Wed Mar 11 01:21:11 2020
 OS/Arch:           darwin/amd64
 Context:           default
 Experimental:      true

  Version:          19.03.8
  API version:      1.40 (minimum version 1.12)
  Go version:       go1.12.17
  Git commit:       afacb8b
  Built:            Wed Mar 11 01:29:16 2020
  OS/Arch:          linux/amd64
  Experimental:     true
  Version:          v1.2.13
  GitCommit:        7ad184331fa3e55e52b890ea95e65ba581ae3429
  Version:          1.0.0-rc10
  GitCommit:        dc9208a3303feef5b3839f4323d9beb36df0a9dd
  Version:          0.18.0
  GitCommit:        fec3683

Get the server version

$ docker version --format '{{.Server.Version}}'


Dump raw JSON data

$ docker version --format '{{json .}}'

{"Client":{"Platform":{"Name":"Docker Engine - Community"},"Version":"19.03.8","ApiVersion":"1.40","DefaultAPIVersion":"1.40","GitCommit":"afacb8b","GoVersion":"go1.12.17","Os":"darwin","Arch":"amd64","BuildTime":"Wed Mar 11 01:21:11 2020","Experimental":true},"Server":{"Platform":{"Name":"Docker Engine - Community"},"Components":[{"Name":"Engine","Version":"19.03.8","Details":{"ApiVersion":"1.40","Arch":"amd64","BuildTime":"Wed Mar 11 01:29:16 2020","Experimental":"true","GitCommit":"afacb8b","GoVersion":"go1.12.17","KernelVersion":"4.19.76-linuxkit","MinAPIVersion":"1.12","Os":"linux"}},{"Name":"containerd","Version":"v1.2.13","Details":{"GitCommit":"7ad184331fa3e55e52b890ea95e65ba581ae3429"}},{"Name":"runc","Version":"1.0.0-rc10","Details":{"GitCommit":"dc9208a3303feef5b3839f4323d9beb36df0a9dd"}},{"Name":"docker-init","Version":"0.18.0","Details":{"GitCommit":"fec3683"}}],"Version":"19.03.8","ApiVersion":"1.40","MinAPIVersion":"1.12","GitCommit":"afacb8b","GoVersion":"go1.12.17","Os":"linux","Arch":"amd64","KernelVersion":"4.19.76-linuxkit","Experimental":true,"BuildTime":"2020-03-11T01:29:16.000000000+00:00"}}

The following example prints the currently used docker context:

$ docker version --format='{{.Client.Context}}'

As an example, this output can be used to dynamically change your shell prompt to indicate your active context. The example below illustrates how this output could be used when using Bash as your shell.

Declare a function to obtain the current context in your ~/.bashrc, and set this command as your PROMPT_COMMAND

function docker_context_prompt() {
        PS1="context: $(docker version --format='{{.Client.Context}}')> "


After reloading the ~/.bashrc, the prompt now shows the currently selected docker context:

$ source ~/.bashrc
context: default> docker context create --docker host=unix:///var/run/docker.sock my-context
Successfully created context "my-context"
context: default> docker context use my-context
Current context is now "my-context"
context: my-context> docker context use default
Current context is now "default"
context: default>

Refer to the docker context section in the command line reference for more information about docker context.