How to Install Docker and Pull Images for Container Deployment
Updated by Linode Contributed by Jack Wallen
In this guide, you’ll install Docker and pull down images that can be deployed as containers.
Before You Begin
Familiarize yourself with our Getting Started guide and complete the steps for setting your Linode’s hostname and timezone.
Update your system (this example uses Ubuntu 16.04):
apt update && apt upgrade
NoteThe steps in this guide require root privileges. Be sure to run the steps below as
rootor with the
sudoprefix. For more information on privileges, see our Users and Groups guide.
As of this writing, the recommended Docker installation is Docker CE. Remove any older installations of Docker that may be on your system:
apt remove docker docker-engine docker.io
Make sure you have the necessary packages to allow the use of Docker’s repository:
apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common
Add Docker’s GPG key:
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
Verify the fingerprint of the GPG key:
apt-key fingerprint 0EBFCD88
You should see output similar to the following:
pub 4096R/0EBFCD88 2017-02-22 Key fingerprint = 9DC8 5822 9FC7 DD38 854A E2D8 8D81 803C 0EBF CD88 uid Docker Release (CE deb) <firstname.lastname@example.org> sub 4096R/F273FCD8 2017-02-22
add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
Update your package index and install Docker CE:
apt update apt install docker-ce
Add your limited user account to the
usermod -aG docker exampleuser
You will need to restart your shell session for this change to take effect.
Check that the installation was successful by running the built-in “Hello World” program:
docker run hello-world
Start and Enable Docker
Start and enable the Docker process to run on boot:
systemctl start docker systemctl enable docker
Pull Docker Images
The first thing you are going to want to do is pull down an image to be used as the basis for your Docker containers. Docker Hub is the default registry from which to pull images.
imagescommand to check what images already exist on your Linode. This example shows that no images are installed:
Pull the nginx web server, using the
docker pull nginx
This will pull the latest official nginx Docker image
If you run
docker imagesagain, you’ll see the nginx image:
Find Unofficial nginx Images
Alternatively, if you don’t want to install the official nginx image, use
docker search to find other nginx images:
docker search nginx
This command will list all variant images, along with a respective description, and whether or not they are official.
docker pull to pull one of the other images:
docker pull blacklabelops/nginx
Ready to Keep Going?
At this point, you should know how to install Docker and pull down images with which you can then deploy containers. Use
man docker to dive into the manual or visit our other Docker Guides to learn more.
You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.
- How to Use Dockerfiles
- How to Deploy an nginx Container with Docker on Linode
- An Introduction to Docker
- How to Install Docker Compose
- Use a Linode for Web Development on Remote Devices
This guide is published under a CC BY-ND 4.0 license.