Installing Docker Desktop for Windows

Docker Desktop for Windows is the Community Edition (CE) of Docker for Microsoft Windows. To download Docker Desktop for Windows, head to Docker Hub.


The installation provides Docker Engine, Docker CLI client, Docker Compose, Docker Machine, and Kitematic. Containers and images created with Docker Desktop for Windows are shared between all user accounts on machines where it is installed. This is because all Windows accounts use the same VM to build and run containers.

Did you Know? Switch between Windows and Linux containers describes the Linux / Windows containers toggle in Docker Desktop for Windows and points you to the tutorial mentioned above.


System Requirements:

Checking Docker Version

Run docker version to check the basic details of your deployment. You should see “Windows” listed as the operating system for the Docker client and the Docker Engine:

Client: Docker Engine - Community
 Version:           18.09.2
 API version:       1.39
 Go version:        go1.10.8
 Git commit:        6247962
 Built:             Sun Feb 10 04:12:31 2019
 OS/Arch:           windows/amd64
 Experimental:      false

Server: Docker Engine - Community
  Version:          18.09.2
  API version:      1.39 (minimum version 1.12)
  Go version:       go1.10.6
  Git commit:       6247962
  Built:            Sun Feb 10 04:13:06 2019
  OS/Arch:          linux/amd64
  Experimental:     true
  Version:          v1.10.11
  StackAPI:         Unknown
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The OS/Arch field tells you the operating system and CPU architecture you’re using. Docker is cross-platform, so you can manage Windows Docker servers from a Linux client and vice-versa, using the same docker commands.

Running Your First NGINX application

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina> docker run -d -p 80:80 nginx

Running Your First Nginx based Docker Container

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina> docker run -d -p 81:80 ajeetraina/hellowhale

My Image

Try running WIndows Based Docker Container

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina> docker container run -d -p 84:80 --name iis microsoft/iis
Unable to find image 'microsoft/iis:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from microsoft/iis
C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\docker.exe: no matching manifest for unknown in the manifest list entries.
See 'C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\Resources\bin\docker.exe run --help'.
PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina>

This was expected as we are currently switched to Linux containers

Creating Docker Swarm Cluster on Windows

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress> docker swarm init
Swarm initialized: current node (29g3oqgz89f9g7gyicgq8h1o2) is now a manager.

To add a worker to this swarm, run the following command:

    docker swarm join --token SWMTKN-1-1gz58w1cgci63er4dhl6rkhhg29umkkt373ic85hpb3ywvtvqg-4ersf0a9dz00ime4xy

To add a manager to this swarm, run 'docker swarm join-token manager' and follow the instructions.

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress>

Verifying Single Node Cluster

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress> docker node ls
ID                            HOSTNAME                STATUS              AVAILABILITY        MANAGER STATUS      ENGINE
29g3oqgz89f9g7gyicgq8h1o2 *   linuxkit-00155d1fffe2   Ready               Active              Leader              18.09.

Running WordPress Application on Docker Desktop for Windows

Let us first stop the last 2 containers which listen on port 80 and 81 and then follow the below command to bring up WordPress App

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress\example1> docker stack deploy --orchestrator=swarm -c stack.yml myapp10
.yml myapp10
Ignoring unsupported options: restart

Creating network myapp10_default
Creating service myapp10_db
Creating service myapp10_wordpress
PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress\example1>

Verifying the Stack

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress\example1> docker stack --orchestrator=swarm ls
NAME                SERVICES            ORCHESTRATOR
myapp10             2                   Swarm
PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\wordpress\example1>

Running Docker Swarm Visualizer

PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\visualizer> docker-compose up -d
WARNING: Some services (visualizer) use the 'deploy' key, which will be ignored. Compose does not support 'deploy' configu
ration - use `docker stack deploy` to deploy to a swarm.
WARNING: The Docker Engine you're using is running in swarm mode.

Compose does not use swarm mode to deploy services to multiple nodes in a swarm. All containers will be scheduled on the c
urrent node.

To deploy your application across the swarm, use `docker stack deploy`.

Creating network "visualizer_default" with the default driver
Pulling visualizer (dockersamples/visualizer:stable)...
stable: Pulling from dockersamples/visualizer
88286f41530e: Pull complete
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a8a42e9e643e: Pull complete
878a9d1427c8: Pull complete
b1867f55f80a: Pull complete
1a82a234b70b: Pull complete
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b4376f83977c: Pull complete
730e0303ceca: Pull complete
Creating visualizer_visualizer_1 ... done
PS C:\Users\Ajeet_Raina\docker101\play-with-docker\visualizer>