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How To Install and Use Docker on Ubuntu 22.04

Docker can be easily downloaded on almost any Linux distribution. Find out how to Install and Use Docker on Ubuntu 22.04.

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In the dynamic landscape of modern software development, efficiency and portability are key. As technology continues to evolve, so do the tools that help us streamline our workflows and enhance productivity. Docker, a groundbreaking platform, has emerged as a pivotal solution in this regard. It empowers developers to create, deploy, and manage applications within isolated environments called containers, ensuring consistency across various computing environments.

If you're diving into the world of Docker or seeking to upgrade your skills to the latest Ubuntu release, you're in the right place. This article serves as your comprehensive guide, walking you through the process of installing and effectively utilizing Docker on the Ubuntu 22.04 operating system. Whether you're a seasoned developer looking to adopt more efficient practices or a newcomer eager to grasp the fundamentals, we'll cover all the necessary steps to get you up and running with Docker in no time.

Join us as we explore the core concepts of containerization, the benefits of Docker, and the step-by-step instructions to set up Docker on the Ubuntu 22.04 platform. By the end of this guide, you'll not only have a solid understanding of Docker's principles but also possess the practical skills needed to incorporate it seamlessly into your development workflow. Let's embark on this journey to harness the power of Docker and revolutionize the way you build, ship, and run applications.

What is Docker?

Docker is a platform and tool designed to automate the process of creating, deploying, and managing applications within lightweight, portable, and self-sufficient containers. Containers are encapsulated environments that package an application along with its dependencies, libraries, and configuration files. This approach provides consistency across different environments, making it easier to develop, test, and deploy software across various systems, from development to production.

In a traditional software deployment scenario, compatibility issues can arise when an application is moved from one environment to another, such as from a developer's laptop to a testing server or a production server. These differences might stem from variations in operating systems, libraries, and configurations. Docker solves this problem by encapsulating the application and its dependencies into a container, isolating it from the underlying system, and ensuring that it runs consistently across different environments.

How to Install Docker on Ubuntu

Follow step-by-step instructions to effortlessly set up Docker CE on your Ubuntu 22.04 system. Proper installation is crucial for a seamless Docker experience, and this section ensures a smooth process for both beginners and experienced users.

Option 1 - Installing Docker from the Official Repository

Install Docker from the official Docker repository to ensure you get the latest stable program version. To access the official Docker repository, add the new package source to Ubuntu and then install Docker. Follow the steps below:

First, update your existing list of packages:

sudo apt-get update

Next, install a few prerequisite packages which let apt use packages over HTTPS:

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common

Then add the GPG key for the official Docker repository to your system:

curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg

Add the Docker repository to APT sources:

echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null

Update your existing list of packages again for the addition to be recognized:

sudo apt-get update

Make sure you are about to install from the Docker repo instead of the default Ubuntu repo:

apt-cache policy docker-ce

You’ll see output like this, although the version number for Docker may be different:

  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 5:24.0.5-1~ubuntu.22.04~jammy
  Version table:
     5:24.0.5-1~ubuntu.22.04~jammy 500
        500 jammy/stable amd64 Packages
     5:24.0.4-1~ubuntu.22.04~jammy 500
        500 jammy/stable amd64 Packages
     5:24.0.3-1~ubuntu.22.04~jammy 500
        500 jammy/stable amd64 Packages
     5:24.0.2-1~ubuntu.22.04~jammy 500
        500 jammy/stable amd64 Packages
     5:24.0.1-1~ubuntu.22.04~jammy 500

Notice that docker-ce is not installed, but the candidate for installation is from the Docker repository for Ubuntu 22.04 (jammy).

Finally, install Docker:

sudo apt-get install docker-ce -y

Specifying the -y flag automatically answers yes to any prompt during the installation.

Docker should now be installed, the daemon started, and the process enabled to start on boot. Check that it’s running:

sudo systemctl status docker

The output should be similar to the following, showing that the service is active and running:

● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Sun 2023-08-27 14:12:53 UTC; 28s ago
TriggeredBy: ● docker.socket
   Main PID: 8469 (dockerd)
      Tasks: 9
     Memory: 35.6M
        CPU: 355ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service
             └─8469 /usr/bin/dockerd -H fd:// --containerd=/run/containerd/containerd.sock

Aug 27 14:12:51 ip-172-26-13-203 systemd[1]: Starting Docker Application Container Engine...
Aug 27 14:12:51 ip-172-26-13-203 dockerd[8469]: time="2023-08-27T14:12:51.676332450Z" level=info msg="Starting up"

Option 2 - Installing Docker from the Default Repositories

Another way to install Docker on Ubuntu is to use the default Ubuntu repository. Although the installation process is more straightforward, the Docker package may be outdated. If you don't care about having the latest Docker version, follow the steps below and install Docker using the default repository.

First, update your existing list of packages:

sudo apt-get update

Run the following command to install Docker:

sudo apt-get install -y

Specifying the -y flag automatically answers yes to any prompt during the installation.

Install all the Docker dependency packages by running the following command:

sudo snap install docker

The command installs all the dependencies using the Snap package manager.

How To Use Docker on Ubuntu

All Docker information, including the syntax, options, and commands, is available by running the docker command in the terminal:


Output : 

sage:  docker [OPTIONS] COMMAND

A self-sufficient runtime for containers

Common Commands:
  run         Create and run a new container from an image
  exec        Execute a command in a running container
  ps          List containers
  build       Build an image from a Dockerfile
  pull        Download an image from a registry
  push        Upload an image to a registry
  images      List images
  login       Log in to a registry
  logout      Log out from a registry
  search      Search Docker Hub for images
  version     Show the Docker version information
  info        Display system-wide information

Start using Docker by downloading Docker images, creating containers, and managing Docker volumes.

Note: Docker commands can only be run with the sudo prefix on Ubuntu.

Working With Docker Images

Docker images are the base for building Docker containers. The images are located on Docker Hub, which is a Docker repository. The repository allows all users to host their images on the Docker hub, resulting in many images, including applications and Linux distributions.

The sections below show different ways of working with Docker images.

Search for Docker Images

Search for available images on Docker Hub using the docker search command. The syntax is:

sudo docker search [keyword]

For [keyword], specify the keyword you want to search for. For example, to show all Ubuntu images, run:

sudo docker search ubuntu


NAME                             DESCRIPTION                                     STARS     OFFICIAL   AUTOMATED
ubuntu                           Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating sys…   16324     [OK]       
websphere-liberty                WebSphere Liberty multi-architecture images …   296       [OK]       
open-liberty                     Open Liberty multi-architecture images based…   61        [OK]       
neurodebian                      NeuroDebian provides neuroscience research s…   103       [OK]       
ubuntu-debootstrap               DEPRECATED; use "ubuntu" instead                52        [OK]       
ubuntu-upstart                   DEPRECATED, as is Upstart (find other proces…   115       [OK]       
ubuntu/nginx                     Nginx, a high-performance reverse proxy & we…   98                   
ubuntu/squid                     Squid is a caching proxy for the Web. Long-t…   65                   
ubuntu/cortex                    Cortex provides storage for Prometheus. Long…   4                    
ubuntu/apache2                   Apache, a secure & extensible open-source HT…   60                   
ubuntu/kafka                     Apache Kafka, a distributed event streaming …   32                   
ubuntu/mysql                     MySQL open source fast, stable, multi-thread…   52                   
ubuntu/bind9                     BIND 9 is a very flexible, full-featured DNS…   59                   
ubuntu/prometheus                Prometheus is a systems and service monitori…   49                   
ubuntu/zookeeper                 ZooKeeper maintains configuration informatio…   9                    
ubuntu/postgres                  PostgreSQL is an open source object-relation…   31                   
ubuntu/redis                     Redis, an open source key-value store. Long-…   19                   
ubuntu/grafana                   Grafana, a feature rich metrics dashboard & …   9                    
ubuntu/memcached                 Memcached, in-memory keyvalue store for smal…   5                    
ubuntu/dotnet-deps               Chiselled Ubuntu for self-contained .NET & A…   9                    
ubuntu/dotnet-aspnet             Chiselled Ubuntu runtime image for ASP.NET a…   11                   
ubuntu/prometheus-alertmanager   Alertmanager handles client alerts from Prom…   9                    
ubuntu/dotnet-runtime            Chiselled Ubuntu runtime image for .NET apps…   10                   
ubuntu/cassandra                 Cassandra, an open source NoSQL distributed …   2                    
ubuntu/telegraf                  Telegraf collects, processes, aggregates & w…   4                    

The output is a list of all images containing the Ubuntu keyword. If the OFFICIAL column contains the [OK] parameter, the image was uploaded by the official company that developed the project.

Pull a Docker Image

After deciding which image you want, download it using the pull option. The syntax is:

sudo docker pull [image-name]

For example, download the official Ubuntu image by running:

sudo docker pull ubuntu


Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from library/ubuntu
b237fe92c417: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:ec050c32e4a6085b423d36ecd025c0d3ff00c38ab93a3d71a460ff1c44fa6d77
Status: Downloaded newer image for ubuntu:latest

After downloading the image, use it to spin up a container. Alternatively, trying to create a container from an image that hasn't been downloaded causes Docker to download the image first and then create the container.

See Downloaded Images

Check which images you have downloaded by running:

sudo docker images


ubuntu       latest    01f29b872827   3 weeks ago   77.8MB

Working With Docker Containers

A Docker container is an isolated virtual environment created from a Docker image. Use an image you previously downloaded or specify its name in the docker run command to automatically download the image and create a container.

For example, use the hello-world image to download a test image and spin up a container. Run the following command:

sudo docker run hello-world


Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/hello-world
719385e32844: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:dcba6daec718f547568c562956fa47e1b03673dd010fe6ee58ca806767031d1c
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest

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:

The command instructs Docker to download the image from Docker Hub and spin up a container. After creation, the "Hello from Docker" message appears, along with the explanation of how the container works, and then Docker shuts it down.

Run a Docker Container

Like in the test container created in the previous section, running a Docker container utilizes the run subcommand. The syntax for creating a new Docker container is as follows:

sudo docker run [image-name] 

For [image-name], specify the name of the image to use as a base for the container. When creating a new container, Docker assigns it a unique name. Alternatively, start a new container and give it a name of your choice by passing the --name switch:

sudo docker run --name [container-name] [image-name]

Note: The docker run command is an alias for docker container run. Before Docker version 1.13, only the docker run command was used, but later it was refactored to have the form docker [COMMAND] [SUBCOMMAND], where the [COMMAND] is container, and the [SUBCOMMAND] is run.

For example, run the following command to create a container using the Ubuntu image we pulled earlier:

sudo docker run ubuntu

The terminal changes, stating that it is operating within the container, identifying it via the container ID. Use the container ID to remove, start, or stop the container.

After running the container in interactive mode, pass any command normally to interact with the system. Also, the access is root, so there is no need for sudo. Any changes made inside the container apply only to that container.

Exit the container by running the exit command in the prompt.

View Docker Containers

An active Docker container is a container that is currently running. Listing containers is useful as it outputs the unique ID and name required when starting, stopping, or removing a container.

To see only the active Docker containers, run:

sudo docker ps



The command outputs a list of active containers. If there are no containers in the list, they have all been shut down, but they still exist in the system.

To list all containers, including the inactive ones, add the -a flag:

sudo docker ps -a


CONTAINER ID   IMAGE         COMMAND       CREATED          STATUS                      PORTS     NAMES
2c05e6a72230   ubuntu        "/bin/bash"   11 minutes ago   Exited (0) 11 minutes ago             jolly_archimedes
b2e6865b8bae   ubuntu        "/bin/bash"   11 minutes ago   Exited (0) 11 minutes ago             admiring_dewdney
b2e644885238   hello-world   "/hello"      3 hours ago      Exited (0) 3 hours ago                gallant_liskov


Start a Docker Container

Start a stopped container using the docker start command. The syntax is:

sudo docker start [container-ID | container-name]

Provide either the container ID or the container name. The container name is a unique name that Docker assigns to the container during creation. Obtain the ID and name by listing all containers.

For example, the following command starts the Ubuntu container we previously created:

sudo docker start 5f9478691970

Stop a Docker Container

Stop a running Docker container using the docker stop command. The syntax is:

sudo docker stop [container-ID | container-name]

For example, to stop the running Ubuntu container, run:

sudo docker stop 5f9478691970

Remove a Docker Container

Remove an unnecessary Docker container using the docker rm command. The syntax is:

sudo docker rm [container-ID | container-name]

For example, the following command removes the hello-world test container we previously created:

sudo docker rm techvblogs

 Note: Pass the --rm switch when creating a container to remove the container automatically when stopped.

Working With Docker Volumes

A Docker volume is a filesystem mechanism allowing users to preserve data generated and used by Docker containers. The volumes ensure data persistence and provide a better alternative to persisting data in a container's writable layer because they don't increase the Docker container size.

Use Docker volumes for databases or other stateful applications. Since the volumes are stored on the host, they don't depend on the container but allow for easy data backups and sharing between multiple containers.

Create a Docker Volume

Create a Docker volume using the following syntax:

sudo docker volume create [volume_name]

For [volume_name], specify a unique name for your volume.

For example:

sudo docker volume create example-volume

Remove a Docker Volume

Remove a Docker volume using the following syntax:

sudo docker volume rm [volume_name]

For example:

sudo docker volume rm example-volume


By mastering Docker installation and usage on Ubuntu 22.04, you've gained a powerful skill set for efficient application management. Docker's containerization offers resource-efficient and portable solutions, ideal for modern development. This guide's step-by-step approach ensures a strong foundation, enabling you to leverage Docker's benefits effectively.

Embracing Docker's core concepts—containers, images, and repositories—positions you for streamlined development, enhanced collaboration, and agile project delivery. With Docker, you're equipped to accelerate application deployment and adapt to evolving technological demands.

As you continue your Docker journey, explore advanced features, orchestration tools, and community insights. Seamlessly integrating Docker into your workflow empowers you to deliver applications faster, reliably, and with remarkable flexibility.

Unlock the potential of Docker on Ubuntu 22.04, propelling your application deployment, management, and innovation endeavors to new heights.

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