In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Podman on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Podman or Pod Manager is a very popular utility for managing containers and the storage volumes that are mounted onto those containers. Just like Docker, it makes it easy to build, run, deploy and share applications using container images and OCI containers (Open Container Initiative). if you are familiar with running Docker commands, using Podman will be such a breeze.
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 through the step-by-step installation of the Podman on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
- 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 Podman on Debian 11 Bullseye
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing Podman on Debian 11.
By default, Podman is available on Debian-based repositories. Now we run the following command below to install Podman on your system:
sudo apt install podman
Finally, you can verify Podman installation on your Debian by checking its version with the command shown below:
You can also display information pertaining to the host, current storage stats, and the build of Podman:
sudo podman info
Step 3. Manage Containers Using Podman.
You can search for the Podman images in the registries you have specified as:
sudo podman search nginx
To list the downloaded Podman images, run the following command below:
sudo podman images
To pull Podman images you can run the command
sudo podman pull (image-name). In this example, I have pulled the latest version of the Ubuntu image as:
sudo podman pull nginx
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Podman. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the Podman on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Podman website.