Install “docker” on ubuntu 20.04

Installing docker on a Ubuntu 20.04 is pretty simple.

OS Versions

The procedure below would work on the following version of ubuntu:

  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04

Update apt package index

   $ sudo apt-get update 

Install required packages to use HTTPS

   $ sudo apt-get install \ 
        apt-transport-https \ 
        ca-certificates \ 
        curl \ 
        gnupg-agent \ 

Add Docker’s official GPG key

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

Stable registry setup

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

Install Docker Engine (CE) – Latest would be installed

sudo apt-get update

 sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

Installing specific version of docker

List the available versions:

apt-cache madison docker-ce

Here is the syntax to install the specific version

 $ sudo apt-get install docker-ce=<VERSION_STRING> docker-ce-cli=<VERSION_STRING>

Verify the install

Check if you can run a container:

sudo docker run hello-world

Check the version

 $ sudo docker version

Running docker without “sudo”

Create “docker” group

sudo groupadd docker

Add yourself or the desired account(s) to the “docker” group

 $ sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

Log out, and log back in!

Uninstall Docker Engine

Uninstall the Docker Engine, CLI, and containerd packages:

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

To delete all images, containers, and volumes:

$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/docker