Command-line completion

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Docker Machine comes with command completion for the bash and zsh shell.

Installing Command Completion


Make sure bash completion is installed. If you are using a current version of Linux in a non-minimal installation, bash completion should be available.

On a Mac, install with brew install bash-completion.

Place the completion script in /etc/bash_completion.d/ as follows:

  • On a Mac:

    curl -L > `brew --prefix`/etc/bash_completion.d/docker
  • On a standard Linux installation:

    curl -L > /etc/bash_completion.d/docker

Completion will be available upon next login.


Place the completion scripts in your /path/to/zsh/completion, using e.g. ~/.zsh/completion/

mkdir -p ~/.zsh/completion
curl -L > ~/.zsh/completion/_docker-machine

Include the directory in your $fpath, e.g. by adding in ~/.zshrc

fpath=(~/.zsh/completion $fpath)

Make sure compinit is loaded or do it by adding in ~/.zshrc

autoload -Uz compinit && compinit -i

Then reload your shell

exec $SHELL -l
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