Docker Desktop license agreement

Docker Desktop is licensed under the Docker Subscription Service Agreement. When you download and install Docker Desktop, you will be asked to agree to the updated terms.

Our Docker Subscription Service Agreement states:

  • Docker Desktop is free for small businesses (fewer than 250 employees AND less than $10 million in annual revenue), personal use, education, and non-commercial open source projects.
  • Otherwise, it requires a paid subscription for professional use.
  • Paid subscriptions are also required for government entities.
  • The Docker Pro, Team, and Business subscriptions include commercial use of Docker Desktop.

Read the Blog and Docker subscription FAQs to learn how this may affect companies using Docker Desktop.


The licensing and distribution terms for Docker and Moby open-source projects, such as Docker Engine, aren't changing.

Docker Desktop is built using open-source software. For information about the licensing of open-source components in Docker Desktop, select whale menu > About Docker Desktop > Acknowledgements.

Docker Desktop distributes some components that are licensed under the GNU General Public License. Select here to download the source for these components.


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