Episode 2. Installing Docker in Mac OS (Fixing Docker Desktop Starting issue)

→ In this article, we will understand the steps to install Docker Desktop in Mac OS.

→ We will also fix the generic problem — Docket Desktop is starting (which stays in an infinite loop)

Installing Docker:

→ Go to docker’s official website and click Docs


→ Click Download and Install

→ From here we choose the OS, as per our requirement. It is important to note:

a. Mac OS: requires a minimum version10.15

b. Windows OS: requires minimum Windows 10 Home

c. Linux: No restrictions

→ Click Mac OS. Chose download option. There will be two options — for Intel and Apple chip

→ Click the download file and drag it to Applications. A regular install will happen. Click Finish

→ Once our docker is installed a whale symbol will come on the above menu. Click it to track docker state

→ There is one bug here due to a permissions issue. Dockers remain in the start stage (orange dot).

Fixing Docker Desktop Starting issue:

→ Open the terminal. Run below command

docker run hello-world. // will throw error as docker is not up

→ We will run the below commands one by one:

rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.*cd /usr/local/binchmod 0755 dock*

→ Now quit the docker app and restart it.

→ This time within one minute our docker will be running (green dot)

→ Open Docker dashboard

→ Let us now execute the basic docker command

docker run hello-world

→ We should make sure, every time we restart our system docker should be running to execute commands.

→ Docker is configured successfully. Hurray !! 😀

Windows and Linux Installation:

Team, follow below official documentation:

Windows: https://docs.docker.com/desktop/windows/install/

Linux: https://docs.docker.com/engine/install/

In case we face an issue, do comment to me. Will make a dedicated blog and video.


Closing Thoughts:

The challenging part for the Docker setup was Docker not starting. Once we run commands in the terminal, the issue is fixed. Docker command is ready to be executed.

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