In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Docker is an open-source tool that makes creating and managing Linux containers (LXC) easy. With Docker, the applications reside inside the container on top of the Linux operating system. Docker uses Kernel features such as groups and namespace to allow the independent container to run on a single os instance.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Docker on a CentOS 8 server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install Docker on CentOS 8
Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
sudo dnf install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm sudo dnf update
Step 2. Installing Docker on CentOS.
There are two editions of Docker available.
- Community Edition (CE): ideal for individual developers and small teams looking to get started with Docker and experimenting with container-based apps.
- Enterprise Edition (EE): Designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business-critical applications in production at scale.
The Docker Enterprise Edition requires an active license to use. In this guide, we will install Docker CE on CentOS 8. Let’s add a Docker repository before we can install it:
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo
Verify the repository has been enabled:
sudo dnf repolist -v
Repo-id : docker-ce-stable Repo-name : Docker CE Stable - x86_64 Repo-revision: 1549905809 Repo-updated : Mon 16 May 2019 06:23:29 PM CET Repo-pkgs : 30 Repo-size : 618 M Repo-baseurl : https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/7/x86_64/stable Repo-expire : 172,800 second(s) (last: Mon 14 May 2019 10:23:54 AM CET) Repo-filename: /etc/yum.repos.d/docker-ce.repo Repo-id : rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rpms Repo-name : Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream Beta (RPMs) Repo-revision: 154120694 Repo-updated : Wed 28 Oct 2019 02:24:54 AM CET Repo-pkgs : 4,594 Repo-size : 4.9 G Repo-baseurl : https://cdn.redhat.com/content/beta/rhel8/8/x86_64/appstream/os Repo-expire : 86,400 second(s) (last: Mon 14 Feb 2019 10:23:55 AM CET) Repo-filename: /etc/yum.repos.d/redhat.repo Repo-id : rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-rpms Repo-name : Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - BaseOS Beta (RPMs) Repo-revision: 154120694 Repo-updated : Wed 28 Oct 2019 02:25:19 AM CET Repo-pkgs : 1,686 Repo-size : 925 M Repo-baseurl : https://cdn.redhat.com/content/beta/rhel8/8/x86_64/baseos/os Repo-expire : 86,400 second(s) (last: Mon 14 Feb 2019 10:23:56 AM CET) Repo-filename: /etc/yum.repos.d/redhat.repo Total packages: 6,310
docker-ce-stable a repository is now enabled on our system. The repository contains several versions of the docker-ce package, to display all of them, we can run:
sudo dnf list docker-ce --showduplicates | sort -r
You can install the latest version of the Docker CE using the below command:
sudo dnf install docker-ce
To install a specific version, all we have to do is to provide the fully qualified package name, for example:
sudo dnf install docker-ce-3:19.03.1-3.el7
The next step is to start and enable docker using
sudo systemctl enable --now docker sudo systemctl is-enabled docker
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Docker. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Docker on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Docker website.