Setting Up Docker

Level : Beginner
Mentor: Shailendra Chauhan
Duration : 00:02:00

What is Docker Desktop?

Docker Desktop is a program that can be installed and used on a platform such as Mac or Windows to create and distribute microservices and containerized applications.


Editions of Docker Desktop

Available in two editions:​

  • Desktop Community​
  • Desktop Enterprise​

Benefits of Docker Desktop

  • Docker Desktop enables rapid, safe development and delivery of containerized applications.
  • Includes the Docker App, Developer Tools, and synchronization with the production Docker engine and Kubernetes.
  • Supports verified templates and pictures in a variety of languages and tools.
  • Docker Hub simplifies development by providing safe storage, auto-building, CI, and collaboration.

Using Docker on a Desktop

  • Download and install Docker Desktop for Windows. When the configuration is complete, Docker will start immediately.
  • When you see the image of the whale in the notification box, it implies that Docker is working smoothly and may be accessed via its terminal.

Difference between Docker Desktop and Docker

Docker Desktop is Docker's integrated development environment, whereas Docker is the open-source containerization platform.

What is included in the installation of the Docker Desktop?

The Docker desktop installation includes:

  • Docker Engine
  • Docker CLI client
  • Docker Compose
  • Docker Machine
  • Dashboard

Docker Desktop Installation on Windows

To run Docker Desktop on Windows 10 64-bit versions such as Pro, Enterprise, or Education (Build 15063 or later), make sure the Hyper-V and Containers Windows features are enabled, as well as at least 4GB system RAM and BIOS-level hardware virtualization compatibility. If you're using a VPN, you should also configure your proxy settings.

Docker for Windows supports which OS versions?

Docker for Windows supports both Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. And Docker Desktop is intended to run on Windows 10.

Docker Desktop Installation on Mac

To use Docker Desktop on a Mac, make sure the hardware is a 2010 or newer model with Intel virtualization capability, and that the macOS version is 10.13 or higher.

Is Docker Desktop free for Windows?

Yes, the Docker Desktop community edition is free for personal use. For commercial use, you must have the Docker Enterprise edition.

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