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How to Fix “Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at unix:/var/run/docker.sock” Error Message?

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Docker is a popular platform for building, shipping, and running applications in containers. However, sometimes when you try to run Docker commands, you may encounter an error message that says “Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at unix:/var/run/docker.sock”. This error message indicates that the Docker client is unable to connect to the Docker daemon due to permission issues. In this blog post, we will discuss how to fix this error message.

Step 1: Check that the Docker daemon is running

The first step to fixing this error message is to check that the Docker daemon is running. You can do this by running the following command:

sudo systemctl status docker

If the Docker daemon is not running, you can start it by running the following command:

sudo systemctl start docker

Step 2: Check Docker socket permissions

The Docker socket file, which is located at /var/run/docker.sock, should have appropriate permissions for the user running Docker commands to access it. You can check the permissions by running the following command:

ls -l /var/run/docker.sock

The output of this command should show that the owner of the file is root and the group is docker. If the permissions are not correct, you can change them by running the following command:

sudo chown root:docker /var/run/docker.sock

Step 3: Add user to Docker group

The user running Docker commands should be added to the docker group to have appropriate permissions to access the Docker daemon. You can add the user to the docker group by running the following command:

sudo usermod -aG docker <username>

Replace with the name of the user that you want to add to the docker group.

Step 4: Logout and log back in

After adding the user to the docker group, you may need to logout and log back in to apply the changes to the user’s permissions.

Conclusion

In this blog post, we discussed how to fix the “Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at unix:/var/run/docker.sock” error message. By following these steps, you should be able to resolve this error and run Docker commands without any issues. If you continue to encounter issues, you may want to consult the Docker documentation or seek further assistance from the Docker community.

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Ajeet Raina Ajeet Singh Raina is a former Docker Captain, Community Leader and Arm Ambassador. He is a founder of Collabnix blogging site and has authored more than 570+ blogs on Docker, Kubernetes and Cloud-Native Technology. He runs a community Slack of 8900+ members and discord server close to 2200+ members. You can follow him on Twitter(@ajeetsraina).

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