How to Start Docker Daemon Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to start Docker Daemon on Mac! In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to get your Docker environment up and running smoothly. Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Install Docker Desktop

The first thing you need to do is to install Docker Desktop on your Mac. You can download it from the official Docker website. Once the installation is complete, launch Docker from your Applications folder.

Step 2: Start Docker Daemon

Starting the Docker Daemon:

  • Open a terminal on your Mac.
  • Type the following command and press Enter:

This command starts the Docker daemon, which is responsible for managing and running containers on your machine.

Note: Depending on your system setup, you may need to run this command with administrative privileges using sudo dockerd.

Optional: Configure Docker Daemon settings

If you want to customize the behavior of the Docker daemon, you can do so by modifying its configuration file.

  • Navigate to the following directory in your terminal:
  • Edit the daemon.json file using a text editor of your choice.
  • Add or modify any configuration options as needed.
  • Save the changes and exit the text editor.

Step 3: Verify Docker Installation

To ensure that Docker is running correctly, open a new terminal window and enter the following command:

docker version

This command will display the Docker version and other relevant information if Docker is installed and running properly.

Step 4: Test Docker with Hello World

To verify that Docker is working as expected, let’s run a simple “Hello World” container:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:
docker run hello-world

This command will download a lightweight “Hello World” container image from Docker Hub and run it. If everything is set up correctly, you should see a message indicating that Docker is working.


Congratulations! You have successfully started the Docker Daemon on your Mac. Now you can begin exploring the world of containers and building amazing applications with ease.

In this tutorial, we covered the installation process for Docker Desktop on Mac, starting the Docker Daemon, verifying the installation, and running a simple container. Remember to refer back to this guide whenever you need a refresher on how to start Docker on your Mac.

Happy containerization!

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