Ajeet Raina Docker Captain, ARM Innovator & Docker Bangalore Community Leader.

Installing Docker Engine 19.03 on Raspberry Pi 3 in 2 Minutes

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Docker is officially supported both on Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. Installing Docker is just a matter of single-liner command. All you need to do is a simple curl command:

curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh

to get Docker binaries installed flawlessly. Isn’t it damn simple?

Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your Raspberry Pi run. However, Raspbian provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 35,000 packages, pre-compiled software bundled in a nice format for easy installation on your Raspberry Pi.

Docker today support the latest Raspbian Buster release. If you really want to play around with stable release of Docker for Raspbian Buster, then head over to this link.

Under this blog post, I will showcase how to install latest Docker Engine 19.03.1 on Raspbian OS Buster release flawlessly.

Tested Infrastructure

PlatformNumber of InstanceReading Time
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B15 min

Preparing Your Environment

Raspberry Pi 3 Model BBuy

Waveshare-LCD 5-inch TFT Resistive
Touch Screen Display Module

Geauxrobot Raspberry Pi 3 Model B 7-Layer
Dog Bone Stack Clear Case Box 


  • Flash Raspbian OS on SD card

If you are in Mac, you might need to install Etcher tool. If on Windows, install SDFormatter to format SD card as well as Win32installer to flash Raspbian ISO image onto the SD card. You will need SD card reader to achieve this.

Booting up Raspbian OS

Just use the same charger which you use for your mobile to power on Raspberry Pi box. Connect HDMI port to your TV or display. Let it boot up.

The default username is pi and password is raspberry.

Enable SSH to perform remote login

To login via your laptop, you need to allow SSH service running. You can verify IP address command via ifconfig command.

[Captains-Bay]? >  ssh pi@
pi@'s password:
Linux raspberrypi 4.14.98-v7+ #1200 SMP Tue Feb 12 20:27:48 GMT 2019 armv7l

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
Last login: Tue Feb 26 12:30:00 2019 from
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo su
root@raspberrypi:/home/pi# cd

Verifying Raspbian OS Version

root@raspberrypi:~# cat /etc/os-release
PRETTY_NAME="Raspbian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)"
NAME="Raspbian GNU/Linux"
VERSION="9 (stretch)"

Installing Docker 19.03.1

Its a single liner command. -L means location, -s means silent and -S means show error.

root@raspberrypi:~# curl -sSL https://get.docker.com/ | sh

Deploying Nginx App

root@raspberrypi:~# docker run -d -p 80:80 nginx
Unable to find image 'nginx:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/nginx
9c38b5a8a4d5: Pull complete
1c9b1b3e1e0d: Pull complete
258951b5612f: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:dd2d0ac3fff2f007d99e033b64854be0941e19a2ad51f174d9240dda20d9f534
Status: Downloaded newer image for nginx:latest
root@raspberrypi:~# curl localhost:80
<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Welcome to nginx!</title>
    body {
        width: 35em;
        margin: 0 auto;
        font-family: Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
<h1>Welcome to nginx!</h1>
<p>If you see this page, the nginx web server is successfully installed and
working. Further configuration is required.</p>

<p>For online documentation and support please refer to
<a href="http://nginx.org/">nginx.org</a>.<br/>
Commercial support is available at
<a href="http://nginx.com/">nginx.com</a>.</p>

<p><em>Thank you for using nginx.</em></p>
root@raspberrypi:~# docker info
Containers: 1
 Running: 1
 Paused: 0
 Stopped: 0
Images: 1
Server Version: 19.03.1
Storage Driver: overlay2
 Backing Filesystem: extfs
 Supports d_type: true
 Native Overlay Diff: true
Logging Driver: json-file
Cgroup Driver: cgroupfs
 Volume: local
 Network: bridge host macvlan null overlay
 Log: awslogs fluentd gcplogs gelf journald json-file local logentries splunk syslog
Swarm: inactive
Runtimes: runc
Default Runtime: runc
Init Binary: docker-init
containerd version: 9754871865f7fe2f4e74d43e2fc7ccd237edcbce
runc version: 09c8266bf2fcf9519a651b04ae54c967b9ab86ec
init version: fec3683
Security Options:
  Profile: default
Kernel Version: 4.14.98-v7+
Operating System: Raspbian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)
OSType: linux
Architecture: armv7l
CPUs: 4
Total Memory: 927.2MiB
Name: raspberrypi
Docker Root Dir: /var/lib/docker
Debug Mode (client): false
Debug Mode (server): false
Registry: https://index.docker.io/v1/
Experimental: false
Insecure Registries:
Live Restore Enabled: false
Product License: Community Engine

WARNING: No memory limit support
WARNING: No swap limit support
WARNING: No kernel memory limit support
WARNING: No oom kill disable support
WARNING: No cpu cfs quota support
WARNING: No cpu cfs period support

BuildKit on Raspberry Pi

root@raspberrypi:~# export DOCKER_BUILDKIT=1
root@raspberrypi:~# git clone https://github.com/ajeetraina/hellowhale
Cloning into 'hellowhale'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 28, done.
remote: Total 28 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 28
Unpacking objects: 100% (28/28), done.
root@raspberrypi:~# cd hellowhale/
root@raspberrypi:~/hellowhale# ls
Dockerfile  html  README.md  wrapper.sh
root@raspberrypi:~/hellowhale# docker build -t ajeetraina/hellowhalecom .
[+] Building 7.9s (5/8)                                                         
 => [internal] load build definition from Dockerfile                       0.1s
 => => transferring dockerfile: 129B                                       0.0s
 => [internal] load .dockerignore                                          0.2s
 => => transferring context: 2B                                            0.0s
 => [internal] load metadata for docker.io/library/nginx:latest            0.0s
 => [1/3] FROM docker.io/library/nginx:latest                              0.0s
 => => resolve docker.io/library/nginx:latest                              0.0s
 => [internal] helper image for file operations                            0.1s
 => => resolve docker.io/docker/dockerfile-copy:v0.1.9@sha256:e8f159d3f00  7.5s
 => => sha256:b13ecc473b58ad8d80fba73ae6de690f6fcbe341bdaca42 736B / 736B  0.0s
 => => sha256:fabe16b757ee155dfd7210795199962d1b35e22b3437d06 767B / 767B  0.0s
 => [internal] load build context                                          0.1s
 => => transferring context: 34.39kB                                       0.0s

root@raspberrypi:~/hellowhale# time docker build -t ajeetraina/hellowhale .
[+] Building 0.4s (9/9) FINISHED                                                
 => [internal] load build definition from Dockerfile                       0.1s
 => => transferring dockerfile: 31B                                        0.0s
 => [internal] load .dockerignore                                          0.1s
 => => transferring context: 2B                                            0.0s
 => [internal] load metadata for docker.io/library/nginx:latest            0.0s
 => [internal] helper image for file operations                            0.0s
 => [1/3] FROM docker.io/library/nginx:latest                              0.0s
 => [internal] load build context                                          0.0s
 => => transferring context: 317B                                          0.0s
 => CACHED [2/3] COPY wrapper.sh /                                         0.0s
 => CACHED [3/3] COPY html /usr/share/nginx/html                           0.0s
 => exporting to image                                                     0.1s
 => => exporting layers                                                    0.0s
 => => writing image sha256:5aee990f7e24e7c0f486ed01b4c1f8696ff307f836af1  0.0s
 => => naming to docker.io/ajeetraina/hellowhale                           0.0s

real	0m0.615s
user	0m0.204s
sys	0m0.082s

Verifying Dockerd

root@raspberrypi:~/hellowhale# systemctl status docker
● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: e
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-02-26 13:01:04 IST; 38min ago
     Docs: https://docs.docker.com
 Main PID: 2437 (dockerd)
      CPU: 1min 46.174s
   CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service
           ├─2437 /usr/bin/dockerd -H unix://
           ├─2705 /usr/bin/docker-proxy -proto tcp -host-ip -host-port 8
           └─4186 /usr/bin/docker-proxy -proto tcp -host-ip -host-port 8

Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.400368104+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.402012958+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.402634316+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.403005881+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.408358205+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.810154786+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.810334839+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.811462659+0
Feb 26 13:37:06 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:06.811768546+0
Feb 26 13:37:07 raspberrypi dockerd[2437]: time="2019-02-26T13:37:07.402282796+0

Verifying if armv7 hello-world image is available or not

docker run --rm mplatform/mquery hello-world
Unable to find image 'mplatform/mquery:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from mplatform/mquery
db6020507de3: Pull complete
5107afd39b7f: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:e15189e3d6fbcee8a6ad2ef04c1ec80420ab0fdcf0d70408c0e914af80dfb107
Status: Downloaded newer image for mplatform/mquery:latest
Image: hello-world
 * Manifest List: Yes
 * Supported platforms:
   - linux/amd64
   - linux/arm/v5
   - linux/arm/v7
   - linux/arm64
   - linux/386
   - linux/ppc64le
   - linux/s390x
   - windows/amd64:10.0.14393.2551
   - windows/amd64:10.0.16299.846
   - windows/amd64:10.0.17134.469
   - windows/amd64:10.0.17763.194

Verifying Hellowhale Image

root@raspberrypi:~# docker run --rm mplatform/mquery ajeetraina/hellowhale
Image: ajeetraina/hellowhale
 * Manifest List: No
 * Supports: amd64/linux

Verifying Random Images

root@raspberrypi:~# docker run --rm mplatform/mquery rycus86/prometheus
Image: rycus86/prometheus
 * Manifest List: Yes
 * Supported platforms:
   - linux/amd64
   - linux/arm/v7
   - linux/arm64

In my next blog post, I will showcase how to setup Docker Swarm on bunch of Raspberry Pi 3 nodes.

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Ajeet Raina Docker Captain, ARM Innovator & Docker Bangalore Community Leader.

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