How to Install Docker on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to install Docker on Mac! Docker is a powerful tool that allows you to run applications in containers, providing a consistent environment across different systems. In this guide, we will walk through the step-by-step process of installing Docker on your Mac machine.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • A Mac computer running macOS
  • A stable internet connection
  • An admin account on your machine

Step 1: Download Docker for Mac

To get started, head over to the official Docker website at On the webpage, click on the “Get Docker Desktop for Mac” button.

Note: You may need to create a Docker account if you don’t have one already. It’s free and only takes a few minutes.

Step 2: Install Docker

Once the installation file is downloaded, locate it in your Downloads folder and double-click on it to start the installation process. Follow the prompts and provide your admin password when prompted.

Note: During installation, Docker may prompt you to grant permissions to install additional components. Make sure to allow these permissions as they are necessary for Docker to function properly.

Step 3: Launch Docker

After successfully installing Docker, you can find the application in your Applications folder or Launchpad. Double-click on the Docker icon to launch it.

Docker Status Indicator:

The status indicator appears in the menu bar to indicate the current state of Docker. It shows whether Docker is running or stopped.

Running: The status indicator displays a whale icon when Docker is running.

Stopped: The status indicator displays an “x” icon when Docker is stopped.

Step 4: Verify Installation

To verify that Docker has been installed successfully, open a terminal and run the following command:

docker --version

If Docker is installed correctly, you should see the version number displayed in the terminal output.


You have successfully installed Docker on your Mac machine. Now you are ready to start using Docker and leverage its containerization capabilities to deploy and manage your applications efficiently!

Next Steps

  • Learn how to pull and run existing Docker images.
  • Create your own custom Docker images.
  • Explore container orchestration tools like Kubernetes.

I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the installation process. Happy containerizing!

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