Docker Sudo Install

2/13/2022by admin

Pick Your Operating System

You came here to ask, 'how do I install Docker?' The answer can be straightforward if you're willing to accept my way, but the steps differ based on which operating system is utilized. To make things more complicated, there are a few ways to install Docker on your OS that are largely based on preference. Today I'm going to walk you through my preferred method. This isn't the only way, but I've found it to be the best way to get up and running with ease. For Ubuntu, we'll be setting up the Docker Engine. For Windows and macOS, we'll be using Docker Desktop.

  1. Docker images typically do not have sudo, you are already running as root by default. Apt-get update && apt-get install -y build-essential curl git libfreetype6-dev libpng12-dev libzmq3-dev pkg-config python-dev python-numpy python-pip software-properties-common swig zip zlib1g-d.
  2. Docker exec -ti linux zsh I'm adding a non-root user (admin). I still want to execute a sudo command with this user, but it errors out: $ sudo apt-get install vim zsh: command not found: sudo Same message with bash shell. How can I run sudo commands with a non-root user? When I don't use sudo I get a permission error.

Click on any of the links below to get started with installing Docker.

The procedure to install Docker is as follows: Open the terminal application or login to the remote box using ssh command: ssh [email protected] Type the following command to install Docker via yum provided by Red Hat: sudo yum install docker. Type the following command to install the latest version of Docker CE (community edition). To install Docker CE on CentOS 8 from the official Docker CE package repository, run the following command: $ sudo dnf install docker-ce docker-ce-cli To confirm the installation, press Y and then press. Finally, install Docker: sudo apt install docker-ce Docker is now installed, the daemon started, and the process enabled to start on boot. Check that it’s running: sudo systemctl status docker The output will be similar to the following, showing that the service is active and running.

Installing Docker on Ubuntu

For Ubuntu, we're going to install Docker Engine and Docker Compose using the Docker and Compose repositories. This also happens to be the recommended approach by Docker.

Set Up

  1. Delete any prior versions if you had installed them.
  1. Update your system and install the necessary dependencies.
  1. For security purposes, add Docker's official GPG key. Read more about that here.
  1. Set up the stable repository.

That's quite a few steps, but if you followed along exactly, you should be ready to install Docker!

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  1. Install the latest version of Docker, along with its dependencies.
  1. Verify your install by running your first image.
  1. Add your user as an admin to the Docker user group.

Doing this last step means you no longer have to append sudo to run Docker commands!


Fed up with Docker on your Ubuntu box? Uninstall and remove the configuration files with the following commands.

Installing Docker Compose on Ubuntu



You must have completed the installation of Docker Engine in the steps above before you can install Docker Compose. Assuming you've done so without any errors, let's continue on!

  1. Download the stable release of Docker compose.

Unlike the installation for Docker Engine where it automatically installs the latest version, Docker Compose has to have the version manually specified. At the time of writing, the latest version is 1.29.2. The latest version can be viewed at the Compose repository release page on GitHub. Feel free to substitute the version in the command above as needed.

  1. Make the downloaded binary executable.


To remove Docker Compose, utilize the following command (assuming you installed with curl as we did above).

Installing Docker Desktop on macOS

Note that Docker Desktop comes pre-equipped with Docker Engine, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, and a few other goodies.


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Intel or Apple Silicon

Depending on which chipset you have on your Mac, you'll need to install one of two versions of the Docker Desktop application. As this is a GUI application, there's not much needed other than navigating to the correct site and installing the .dmg file. Just drag and drop the Docker icon into your Applications directory.

Docker for macOS with Intel

The official link for installing Docker Desktop for macOS with an Intel chipset can be found here.

Apple Silicon

We'll also need to take a few prior steps to get Docker Desktop running with Apple Silicon. Namely, you'll need to install Rosetta 2 with the following command.

Afterward, install Docker Desktop for macOS with an Apple Silicon chipset from here.


Within the Docker Desktop toolbar item, navigate to the menu > Troubleshoot > Uninstall. See the screenshot below.

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Installing Docker Desktop on Windows and WSL2

Note that Docker Desktop comes pre-equipped with Docker Engine, Docker Compose, Kubernetes, and a few other goodies. Firstly, you will need Docker Desktop even if you want Docker to only run on WSL. This is due to the sandboxed nature of WSL.



  1. First, you'll need to ensure that virtualization is enabled for your CPU in the BIOS. This differs amongst motherboard manufacturers and chipsets (namely Intel and AMD). A quick Google search will get you going though.
  2. The executable for Docker Desktop for Windows can be found here. It can also be found on Docker Hub. Click the installer, follow the prompts and wait for it to be downloaded.
  1. During the process, be sure to allow the prompts for Enable Hyper-V Windows Features and the Install required Windows components for WSL 2.


You'll need to complete the steps for installing Docker Desktop on Windows before you can utilize WSL2. However, once you've completed it, feel free to come back to this section.

  1. Enable Use the WSL2 based engine in the Docker Desktop for Windows settings and Apply & Restart.
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  1. Be sure that WSL2 is set as your default and current distribution.

Check the current WSL mode.

If not set to v2, upgrade your existing Linux.

Set v2 as the default version.

  1. Navigate to WSL Integration and make sure Enable Integration with my default WSL distro is checked.


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Docker Desktop can be uninstalled from the Apps & features system settings. Just search for Docker Desktop and select Uninstall. Follow the prompts.

More Questions or Need Help

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Be sure to check out the official documentation for Docker Engine and Docker Desktop and if you have more questions, feel free to send a message with any of the media icons below!

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