Docker container technology allows you to run applications in a specific and isolated environment. Docker Community Edition (CE) is the new name for the free Docker product. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install Docker CE on CentOS 7.
Step 1: System update
First, let’s make sure we’re running on a clean system. Update all packages.
Then, install the Docker CE dependencies.
yum install -y yum-utils device-mapper-persistent-data lvm2
Step 2: Installing Docker CE
Docker provides a repository where you can fetch the stable Docker CE version. Install it with this command:
yum-config-manager --add-repo https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo
To install Docker, simply run:
yum install -y docker-ce
Optional: In case you want to use the latest version of Docker CE, you have to enable those repositories which are disabled by default:
yum-config-manager --enable docker-ce-edge yum-config-manager --enable docker-ce-test
Step 3: Allow Docker commands without sudo
Launching a container requires administrator privileges. If you don’t want to run Docker as the root user, you can run it from your account using
sudo. Adding “
sudo” in front of each Docker command is tedious – to avoid this, add your user to the “
usermod -aG docker your_username
Now, start the Docker service:
systemctl start docker
Step 4: Test Docker
You can use the handy “hello-world” test to verify whether or not Docker will run on your system.
docker run hello-world
Upon success, this will return the welcome message:
Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.
To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
2. The Docker daemon pulled the “hello-world” image from the Docker Hub.
3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
to your terminal.
You can also run an Ubuntu container with:
docker run -it ubuntu bash
Let’s enable Docker to run when your system boots.
systemctl enable docker
Congratulations! You have now installed Docker CE on CentOS 7.
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