Install Docker Desktop on Mac

In this article, we will explain how to install Docker Desktop on mac. We will see the minimum requirements for installing the Docker Desktop on mac systems. Also, we will discuss what other features come with the installation.

1. Minimum requirments

Before installing the Docker into our mac system, it is essential to understand the minimum requirements for the Docker to avoid any future incompatibilities.

The minimum requirements for the Docker desktop for mac is

  • The hardware of the mac must be either 2010 or newer
  • The system should have at least 4GB of RAM
  • The operating system version of macOS must be either 10.14 or newer
  • Make sure if you have a virtual box installed its should be either 4.3.30 or newer version, as it is incompatible with the Docker Desktop

2. Downloading the installer

Follow the link for the desktop installer here. This link takes you to the installer page. Click the get Docker button as shown in the image below, and it will download the dmg file in your system. It’s around 500MB in size. You can read more details about the software like the description, features on the download page.

docker on mac - Download page
Download page for Docker Desktop

3. Installing the Docker on Mac

Once the software is downloaded, double click on the dmg file. You will see the similar pop-up as shown below. Drag the Docker into the applications folder shown in the pop-up.

docker on mac - Popup for the installation
Popup for the installation

4. Verifying the installation

After the Docker is copied into the application folder you can launch the Docker for desktop either from the applications folder or typing into search in the finder. Click the Docker icon and you will see the Docker icon appearing on the desktop menubar as shown below. You can see its says that Docker desktop is running

docker on mac - Docker Desktop
Docker Desktop successfully installed

The Docker Desktop for mac installation comes with Docker engine, Docker compose, Kubernetes and Docker CLI client, etc. You can also check the Docker version from the Docker CLI client as shown below

Verifying installation using Docker CLI

5. Summary

In this article we discussed about how to install Docker Desktop for the mac. We discussed about the minimum requirements for installing the Docker Desktop. We also installed and verified the installation in a mac machine.

You can read more articles about Docker here.

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Shankar Mata

Shankar works as a Lead Software Engineer in a leading company and has developed several applications. He is one of the decision makers for the design and architecture for all the applications in his team. He along with his team develop and deploy cloud native services. He had been working in the field of Java and cloud technologies. He is also Amazon and Microsoft certified solution architect for AWS and Azure respectively. He has done his Masters in Computer science from University of New Mexico, US and Bachelors from GITAM University India. He is also experienced in Angular Framework and developed several applications.
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