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How To Install Docker Compose on Fedora 38

Install Docker Compose on Fedora 38

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker Compose on Fedora 38. Docker has revolutionized the way developers package, deploy, and run applications by providing a platform for containerization. Docker Compose, a companion tool to Docker, simplifies the process of managing multi-container applications. With Docker Compose, you can define and run complex applications using a single command, making it an essential tool for any developer working with containerized applications.

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  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Fedora.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Docker Compose.
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 Compose on Fedora 38

Step 1. Before proceeding, it’s essential to update your system’s package list. Use the following commands:

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Docker.

We’ll begin by installing the Docker repository. This repository contains the Docker Engine packages:

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://download.docker.com/linux/fedora/docker-ce.repo

Once the repository is added, proceed to install the Docker Engine:

sudo dnf install docker-ce

Now that Docker is installed, start the service and enable it to start on boot:

sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker

To ensure that Docker is correctly installed and running, run the following command:

sudo docker --version

To verify that Docker Engine is installed correctly, run the following command:

sudo docker run hello-world

Step 3. Installing Docker Compose on Fedora 38.

There are two main ways to install Docker Compose on Fedora 38: from the Fedora repository or manually from the GitHub release page. Let’s explore both methods.

  • Method 1: Install Docker Compose from the Fedora Repository

Fedora 38 includes Docker Compose in its official repository. However, the version available in the repository may be older compared to the latest release. To install Docker Compose from the Fedora repository, run the following command:

sudo dnf install docker-compose

This command will install Docker Compose and its dependencies on your system.

  • Method 2: Install Docker Compose Manually

Docker Compose allows you to define and run multi-container applications with ease. It uses a simple YAML file to configure the services, networks, and volumes of your application. We will need the Docker Compose binary. You can check the latest release on the Docker Compose GitHub page:

sudo curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/latest/download/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

After downloading, make the binary executable:

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Move the Docker Compose binary to a directory included in your system’s PATH. This ensures that you can execute it from any location:

sudo mv /usr/local/bin/docker-compose /usr/bin/docker-compose

To confirm the successful installation of Docker Compose, check the version:

docker-compose --version

This should display the installed Docker Compose version.

Run the following command to verify the installation:


Step 4. Using Docker Compose.

  • A. Compose Files and YAML Syntax

Docker Compose relies on YAML files for configuration. These files define the services, networks, and volumes required for your application.

  • B. Defining Services in a Compose File

Create a docker-compose.yml file in your project directory to define your services. For instance, a simple Compose file for a web application might look like this:

version: '3'
image: nginx:alpine
image: postgres:alpine
  • C. Building and Starting Containers

To create and start the containers specified in your Compose file, navigate to the directory containing the file and run:

docker-compose up
  • D. Managing Multi-Container Applications

Docker Compose simplifies managing multi-container applications. Use commands like docker-compose start, docker-compose stop, and docker-compose restart to manage your services effectively.

  • E. Networking and Volumes with Docker Compose

Docker Compose automatically handles networking between containers and allows you to specify volumes for data persistence.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Docker Compose. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Docker Compose on your Fedora 38 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Docker website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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