About Docker CE

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Docker Community Edition (CE) is ideal for developers and small teams looking to get started with Docker and experimenting with container-based apps. Docker CE has two update channels, stable and edge:

  • Stable gives you reliable updates every quarter.
  • Edge gives you new features every month.

For more information about Docker CE, see Docker Community Edition.

Supported platforms

Docker CE is available on multiple platforms, on cloud and on-premises. Use the following tables to choose the best installation path for you.


Platform x86_64
Docker for Mac (macOS) yes
Docker for Windows (Microsoft Windows 10) yes


Platform Docker Community Edition
Amazon Web Services yes
Microsoft Azure yes


Platform x86_64 / amd64 ARM ARM64 / AARCH64 IBM Power (ppc64le) IBM Z (s390x)
CentOS yes   yes    
Debian yes yes yes    
Fedora yes        
Ubuntu yes yes yes yes yes

Time-based release schedule

Starting with Docker 17.03, Docker uses a time-based release schedule.

  • Docker CE Edge releases generally happen monthly.
  • Docker CE Stable releases generally happen quarterly, with patch releases as needed.

Updates, and patches

  • A given Docker CE Stable release receives patches and updates for one month after the next Docker CE Stable release.
  • A given Docker CE Edge release does not receive any patches or updates after a subsequent Docker CE Edge or Stable release.

Get started

After setting up Docker, you can learn the basics over at Getting started with Docker.

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