How to run docker and docker-compose on Raspbian

Since taganga v2 now uses multiple machines, I want to try if a RPi can help me save a few bucks monthly. So here are the steps to install docker and docker-compose into a RPi with Raspian 9 (cat /etc/os-release).

Installing Docker

So here we go…

curl -fsSL -o && sh

After a looong time hopefully you will have installed docker, now let’s do some last tweaks.

Create a docker group

sudo groupadd docker

Add your user to the docker group you just created

sudo gpasswd -a pi docker

And that’s it, you just have to restart and we’re done. To try it you should be able to run

docker run hello-world

Installing docker-compose

Update your packages

sudo apt-get update

Install almighty python and pip

sudo apt-get install -y python python-pip

And lastly…

sudo pip install docker-compose

And that’s it, you should now be able to run

docker-compose build in your project.

Have fun!

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5 thoughts on “How to run docker and docker-compose on Raspbian”

  • Docker compose by this method is very out of date (1.8.0).

    By default this would also fail on compiling cryptography – I had to run
    sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python-dev

    before I could go ahead and do the pip command.

  • After a clean install on my raspberry Pi, I also had to install libffi-dev using: `sudo apt-get install libffi-dev`. After that, the pip install for docker compose seemed to work.

  • Thank you for this post, but I have a problem reproducing it. Executing “sudo pip install docker-compose” fails with “Command “python egg_info” failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-build-wQd5dF/pynacl/”

    • Please make sure to install libffi-dev or your compilation will fail:

      sudo apt-get install libffi-dev

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