Install Docker on Ubuntu 18.04 & 16.04 LTS

In this article, we will know how to install Docker on Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04. All the steps used below are tested and working without any problem. So, Let’s start with the definition of docker.

What is Docker?

Docker is a container-based software platform, which enables developers to easily wraps a whole application with all dependencies in a container and ship to any remote location.

So, without doing the whole setup of an application the application runs smoothly.


Before installing the Docker directly on the Ubuntu system, make sure there are no other versions. For this try to remove any default package by running the following commands:

sudo apt-get purge docker lxc-docker docker-engine

After removing the default package from the Ubuntu system, You need to install some packages that are required to install Docker on Ubuntu 18.04 or 16.04 LTS.

Run the below commands to install Docker required packages.

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

Setup Docker Repository

Now, our next step is to verify the package’s signature by importing the docker’s official GPG key.

Run the below command to import docker’s official GPG key.

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add

Now, add the Docker repository on your Ubuntu system which contains Docker packages, also you need to enable this repository to install Docker.

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

We have successfully completed the setup process of the Docker repository. Let’s start to install Docker on Ubuntu system.

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Install Docker on Ubuntu

Run the following command to install the Docker, but before that update the apt index.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install docker-ce

The above command successfully installs the Docker community edition on your Ubuntu system. You don’t need to start it, but it gets starts automatically.

To verify the Docker installation and service status, just run the command given below:

sudo systemctl status docker

After running the above command, you will see the result like this (see text showing in green color)

Install Docker Service Status

How to Use Docker on Ubuntu

After a successful installation of Docker, You can check some basic things like search Docker images, download Docker images, launch Docker containers, and manage them.

Search Docker Images on Ubuntu

At first, you need to search Docker container images from Docker hub using the below commands

sudo docker search ubuntu

The above command will search all images with Ubuntu.

Download Docker Images on Ubuntu

Like Search, you can download the Docker container also with the name Ubuntu.

sudo docker pull ubuntu

By running the above command, it will download the newer image for ubuntu.

Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from library/ubuntu
54ee1f796a1e: Pull complete 
f7bfea53ad12: Pull complete 
46d371e02073: Pull complete 
b66c17bbf772: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:31dfb10d52ce76c5ca0aa19d10b3e6424b830729e32a89a7c6eee2cda2be67a5
Status: Downloaded newer image for ubuntu:latest

List Docker Images

Now, run the following command to see all the downloaded images of Docker.

sudo docker images

//output what we have downloaded above
REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
ubuntu              latest              4e2eef94cd6b        4 days ago          73.9MB

Launch Docker Container

Now, you can launch a new Docker container using the downloaded image. The following command will launch a new container and will give you access to that newly launched container with /bin/bash shell.

sudo docker run -i -t ubuntu /bin/bash

You can use the EXIT command to stop the current container. But you can use CTRL + P + Q command to leave the container run in the background and open system console for your other work.

Run the below command, to check and list all the container which are running in the background.

sudo docker ps

Start Docker Container

To start a docker container, run the below command.

docker start <CONTAINER_ID> //place your own docker container id here - <CONTAINER_ID>

Stop Docker Container

To stop a docker container, run the below command.

docker stop <CONTAINER_ID> //place your own docker container id here - <CONTAINER_ID>

Attach Docker Container

Use the below command to attach to currently running docker containers.

docker attach <CONTAINER_ID> //place your own docker container id here - <CONTAINER_ID>

Uninstall Docker

Use the following command to uninstall the Docker Engine, CLI, and Containers packages.

sudo apt-get purge docker-ce docker-ce-cli

To delete all images, containers, volumes, or any customized configuration files on your system are not automatically removed. Run the following command to do so.

sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker

If you have edited any configuration files, you must need to delete these files manually.


Now, you have a basic understanding of how to install Docker on Ubuntu 18.04 or 16.04 LTS. You can ask your doubts in the comment section.





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