On the site, Docker recommend using the Docker Toolbox to get up and running with it. I’m personally not much of a fan of these “platform” installers; in attempting to provide a common solution for most, people like me end up fighting with it. Fortunately, this can all be done standlone through Homebrew. Here’s how to do it:
brew install docker docker-machine
This pulls in the
docker executable and the new(er) way to managing machines
(as you can’t use Docker directly on OS X):
Creating a Local Docker Machine
This will pull in a recent boot2docker image (platform dependent). You’ll then need to set the environment variables so that Docker knows to use it.
docker-machine create main eval $(docker-machine env main)
eval will set the following bits of configuration (although it’d vary for
export DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY="1" export DOCKER_HOST="tcp://192.168.237.131:2376" export DOCKER_CERT_PATH="/Users/nickcharlton/.docker/machine/machines/main" export DOCKER_MACHINE_NAME="main"
…with VMware Fusion
But, I prefer to use VMware Fusion for running VMs, so I do it this way instead:
docker-machine create --driver vmwarefusion main eval $(docker-machine env main)
There we go. Docker that can be done nicely as with any other tool through Homebrew.