Install Docker on CentOS7 / Redhat RHEL7


This is the very first session of Docker lesson series. In this tutorial I’m going to demonstrate how to install Docker on CentOS7 with the little bit of explanation about Docker.

Catagory Requirements, Software Versions Used
OS CentOS 7
Software Docker Version 18

Before the installation, We should know about little bit of Docker.

What Docker ?

Docker is a tool designed to make it easier to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers. Containers allow a developer to package up an application with all of the parts it needs, such as libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one package.

  • Docker is Opensource.

  • Docker is a set of platform-as-a-service.

  • That use OS-level virtualization to deliver software in packages.
  • They are called containers.

  • These containers are isolated from one another and bundle their own software, libraries and configuration files
  • They can communicate with each other.

  • Docker turns your Computer into isolated containers which runs your codes or services independently. The single operating system carved up into isolated little spaces.
Overview of Docker editions:

Docker is available in three Editions:

  1. Docker Engine - Community Edition (CE):

Good starting point for individual developers, small teams and those who are learning docker.

  1. Docker Engine - Enterprise Edition (EE):

Designed for enterprise level development of docker containers with better enhanced security.

  1. Docker Enterprise:

Designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business critical apps in production.

What is a Container ?

A self-contained sealed unit of software. It has everything in the container required to run the code.

A Single Container Includes:

  1. Code
  2. Configs
  3. Processes
  4. Networking Services
  5. All Dependencies for your code need to run
  6. Operating System

Supported Platforms

Install Docker Engine - Community For CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

OS requirements:

centos-extras repository must be enable. This is enable by default on CentOS.

The overlay2 storage driver is recommended.

Install From Docker yum repository


yum update -y

Install required packages For YUM repository management.

sudo yum install -y yum-utils device-mapper-persistent-data lvm2

Download and setup docker repository from

sudo yum-config-manager  --add-repo

Install docker package

This will install Docker latest version.

sudo yum install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

STEP 02: Start & Enable Docker Daemon Once docker-ce installed on the system, we must start & enable the docker daemon. So, that it will be launched automatically on system boots.

sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable --now docker

STEP 03: Verify Installation Now check whether docker has been installed correctly.

systemctl is-active docker
sudo docker run hello-world

which automatically start to download basic “hello-world” images from Docker Hub.

STEP 04: Testing Docker

Now, I’m going to build an image and run a container. In this case I’m going to use official “httpd”.

sudo docker run --rm --name=linuxconfig-test -p 80:80 httpd

Since the httpd image does not exists locally it will be automatically fetched and built. Finally, a container based on it will be launched in the foreground (it will be automatically removed when stopped). If our firewall is configured to allow access to port 80, we should be able to see the It works! message when we reach our machine ip via browser.

Manage Docker as a non-root user:

If you don’t want to preface the docker command with sudo, create a Unix group called docker and add users to it. When the Docker daemon starts, it creates a Unix socket accessible by members of the docker group.

STEP 01: Create The Docker Group:

sudo groupadd docker

STEP 02: Add User To Docker Group:

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

In here $USER automatically resolve current user logged in.

Now, You need to logout from $USER and log into $USER again.

$USER is the username which user wants to run without “sudo” prefix.

Verify that you can run docker commands without sudo

docker run hello-world

STEP 03: Configure Docker to Start on Boot:

sudo systemctl enable docker
docker version

Install Docker on Ubuntu/Debian

Install Docker Engine - Community

A. Setup apt Repository

sudo apt-get update

B. Install required Packages to Allow apt Repositories over HTTPS.

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

C. Add Docker’s GPG Key

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

D. Setup Docker Repository

sudo add-apt-repository \
   "deb [arch=amd64] \
   $(lsb_release -cs) \

E. Update apt Package Index Again

sudo apt-get update

F. Install Docker Engine

sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

G. Verify The Docker Engine Installed Correctly

sudo docker run hello-world

Post Installation - Manage Docker as a Non Root User

A. Create a group named “docker”

sudo groupadd docker

B. Add User to the group named “docker”

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

C. Restart the Host Machine


D. Verify the Docker Installation

docker run hello-world

E. Docker Start on Boot

sudo systemctl enable docker

Grate, Now Docker installation on CentOS / Ubuntu has been completed. Now, Lets start to get hands dirty…

Hope this helps for those who are looking for a starting point to learn Docker. I wish to teach more about Docker in the next lesson. You can keep in touch with the future tutorials by Subscribing me on Youtube.