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How To Install Portainer on Debian 11

Install Portainer on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Portainer on Debian 11. Looking to simplify your container management? Portainer is your answer! This fantastic open-source tool makes it easy to manage and deploy your containerized applications. You don’t need to be a tech wizard to use it – the user-friendly web interface ensures that even novices can navigate with ease. In this article, we’ll take you through the simple steps to get Portainer up and running on your Debian 11 system. With Portainer, you’ll have full control over your Docker environment in no time.

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 the Portainer on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11.
  • 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 Portainer.
  • 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 Portainer 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 install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg2 software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing Docker.

Now we add the official Docker CE repository to your system:

curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg
echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list

Once added Docker CE repository, run the following commands to install it:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

Verify the installation of the Docker version using the following command:

docker -v

After is completed, start the Docker service on your Debian Linux and also enable it to run automatically with system boot:

sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker

For additional resources on installing Docker, read the post below:

Step 3. Installing Docker Compose.

First, download the latest version of Docker Compose binary to your system using the following command:


Next, copy the downloaded binary to the system location:

cp docker-compose-linux-x86_64 /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Set the executable permission to the Docker Compose binary:

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

Verify the Docker Compose installation using the following command:

docker-compose --version

Step 4. Installing Portainer on Debian 11.

Now that we have Docker installed on our system, let’s proceed with the installation of Portainer on Debian 11. First, create a volume to store Portainer data using the following command:

docker volume create data

Verify the created volume using the following command:

docker volume ls

Next, run the following command to download and run the Portainer Docker image:

docker run -d -p 8000:8000 -p 9000:9000 --name=portainer --restart=always -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v data:/data portainer/portainer

Verify the status of Portainer using the following command:

docker ps

Step 5. Access Portainer Web Interface.

Once installation is successful, you can now access it using the URL http://your-IP-address:9000. You will get the following page:

Install Portainer on Debian 11 Bullseye

You will be prompted to create an initial admin account and set a password. Once done, you will be redirected to the Portainer dashboard.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Portainer. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Portainer on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Portainer 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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