Read on to learn about installing Docker software, testing the program, and how to fix any problems.
1. Get and install the software
Follow the relevant link below depending on your computer system. On Mac and Windows, select the "Stable channel" download. Run through the installation instructions and initial setup page; they are straightforward and should take only a few minutes (not counting download time). Below are instructions for all steps after that first page, so you shouldn't need to go to any other pages in the Docker documentation.
On Mac, the installation adds a menu bar item that looks like a whale/container-ship, which conveniently shows you the status of the Docker "daemon" (= program that runs in the background) and provides GUI access to various Docker-related functionalities. Or you can use it from the command-line, which is what we'll do in the rest of this tutorial.
2. Test that the program runs
So now, open a terminal window and invoke the
docker program directly. Checking the version is a good way to test that a program runs without investing too much effort into finding a command that works. Let's do:
This should return something like "Docker version 17.06.0-ce, build 02c1d87". That means the base software is installed on your machine.
3. Identify yourself
These instructions assume you will use Dockerhub, so you need to create an account there in order to pull down images and publish your own. Then, run this command to authenticate your Dockerhub account:
That should prompt you for your password and authenticate you as long as your Docker program stays running (including running in the background).
4. Get an image and run a container
Now, let's see if you can retrieve an image and run a container, using an example Docker image that we published in DockerHub. Download the image with this command:
docker pull vdauwera/tutorial_example:picard-2.9.0
Then, run this one to spin up the container:
docker run -it vdauwera/tutorial_example:picard-2.9.0
If you run into trouble, you may need to run one or more of the following commands:
docker-machine restart default docker-machine regenerate-certs docker-machine env