It is a very easy and straightforward process to install Docker on Ubuntu. With just a few simple steps, you can quickly get Docker up and running on your Ubuntu system.

Install Docker on Ubuntu

Before you can use Docker Engine on your system, you must first set up the Docker repository. Once this is done, you can install and update Docker from the repository.

Add the Official Docker GPG Key for Ubuntu

Run the following commands to add the Official Docker GPG Key to your Ubuntu system.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ca-certificates curl gnupg
sudo install -m 0755 -d /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
sudo chmod a+r /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg

Add the repository to Apt sources:

You can now run the following command

echo \
  "deb [arch="$(dpkg --print-architecture)" signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg] \
  "$(. /etc/os-release && echo "$VERSION_CODENAME")" stable" | \
  sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null
sudo apt-get update

Install the Docker Packages

sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli docker-buildx-plugin docker-compose-plugin

Verify the install

sudo docker run hello-world

This command downloads a test image and runs it in a container. When the container runs, it prints a confirmation message and exits.

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
 1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
 2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
 3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
 4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.

To try something more ambitious, you can run an Ubuntu container with:
 $ docker run -it ubuntu bash

Share images, automate workflows, and more with a free Docker ID:

For more examples and ideas, visit:

You have now successfully installed Docker on your Ubuntu system!

Updating Docker

You can stay up to date with the Docker releases by running the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

This will update your docker install along with any other outdated packages you may have. It’s that easy!


Once installed, you can then start using Docker for whatever tasks you need it for. Additionally, you can use the command line interface to control Docker, or you can use one of the many GUI applications available for Docker. If you like this content, please check out our other Homelab Guides




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