How To Install Podman on Debian 11

Install Podman on Debian 11

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
  • 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 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:

podman --version

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.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, 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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