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Install Docker on Oracle Linux 7

Honglin Su
Sr. Director of Product Management

Recently a new Docker release 17.03.1.ce was announced for Oracle Linux 7. In the example below, I'm using Oracle Linux yum server to provide the software updates. With a few quick steps, you'll be able to install the latest Docker release.

First, update your Oracle Linux 7 instance with correct yum setting. To install the latest Docker release (17.03.1.ce), you need ol7_latest, ol7_uekr4 and ol7_addons enabled.

# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
# wget http://yum.oracle.com/public-yum-ol7.repo
# vi public-yum-ol7.repo

name=Oracle Linux $releasever Latest ($basearch)

name=Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 for Oracle Linux $releasever ($basearch)

name=Oracle Linux $releasever Add ons ($basearch)

Next you simply use yum install to start the installation.

# yum install docker-engine
Loaded plugins: langpacks, ulninfo
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package docker-engine.x86_64 0:17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: docker-engine-selinux >= 17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7 for package: docker-engine-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package docker-engine-selinux.noarch 0:17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                            Arch                Version                           Repository               Size
 docker-engine                      x86_64              17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7              ol7_addons               19 M
Installing for dependencies:
 docker-engine-selinux              noarch              17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7              ol7_addons               28 k

Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+1 Dependent package)

Total download size: 19 M
Installed size: 65 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/2): docker-engine-selinux-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.noarch.rpm                                     |  28 kB  00:00:00     
(2/2): docker-engine-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.x86_64.rpm                                             |  19 MB  00:00:48     
Total                                                                                   397 kB/s |  19 MB  00:00:48     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : docker-engine-selinux-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.noarch                                                    1/2 
libsemanage.semanage_direct_install_info: Overriding docker module at lower priority 100 with module at priority 400.
  Installing : docker-engine-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.x86_64                                                            2/2 
  Verifying  : docker-engine-selinux-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.noarch                                                    1/2 
  Verifying  : docker-engine-17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7.x86_64                                                            2/2 

  docker-engine.x86_64 0:17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7                                                                           

Dependency Installed:
  docker-engine-selinux.noarch 0:17.03.1.ce-3.0.1.el7                                                                   

Once the installation is completed, you start the docker service.
# systemctl start docker
# systemctl enable docker
Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/docker.service to /usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service.

# systemctl status docker
● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/docker.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2017-07-14 21:53:58 PDT; 3min 18s ago
     Docs: https://docs.docker.com
 Main PID: 13813 (dockerd)
   CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service
           ├─13813 /usr/bin/dockerd --selinux-enabled
           └─13818 docker-containerd -l unix:///var/run/docker/libcontainerd/docker-containerd.sock --metrics-interva...

Then you log into Oracle Container Registry, trusted source of Oracle software as Docker containers, to pull the appropriate Docker containers.

# docker login container-registry.oracle.com
Username: honglin.su@oracle.com
Login Succeeded

# docker pull container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux:6.9
6.9: Pulling from os/oraclelinux
88710002ea6c: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:9ee6b162062040c59f6bdc7fd47a9c55f08695c898d517b99bb6d48a0ed9ccf2
Status: Downloaded newer image for container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux:6.9

# docker pull container-registry.oracle.com/java/serverjre
Using default tag: latest
latest: Pulling from java/serverjre
78a05301de27: Pull complete 
1bd2d038d806: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:cd18dd865cfd0a3b95732eee6e528ff86a96157221a47af48b388b316b1d4b4b
Status: Downloaded newer image for container-registry.oracle.com/java/serverjre:latest

# docker images
REPOSITORY                                     TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux   6.9                 7a4a8c404142        3 weeks ago         171 MB
container-registry.oracle.com/java/serverjre   latest              289ea39a2a2c        6 weeks ago         377 MB

Now you have your Docker containers environment ready. For more details how to use Oracle Linux as your development platform, please visit Oracle Linux Documentation.

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Comments ( 15 )
  • Ganesh Friday, February 9, 2018
    Can you share details for installing docker-compose
  • Darshan Thursday, April 5, 2018
    Tried the above steps to install docker in Oracle Linux 7.4. Even after enabling the above mentioned packages in public-yum-ol7.repo, yum install docker-engine says No package docker-engine available.
  • Karthi Monday, May 7, 2018
    there is NO docker in these REPOs
  • Simon Monday, May 7, 2018
    Hi Karthi,

    docker-engine RPM is available under "ol7_addons" channel:


    That said, you can also find updated release under "ol7_preview" channel:


    Please, consider that "ol7_preview" is for development purposes only. Oracle suggests these not be used in production.

  • siyu liu Friday, June 8, 2018
    I have tried the above steps and it works. Not sure if Darshan and Karthi used internal host as I did to see the "No package docker-engine available". If in that case, you would need some other walk around.
  • Ashok Kumar Thursday, September 20, 2018
    If yum report "No package docker-engine available."
    then follow below steps which worked for me.
    1. Update "enabled=1" under ol7_addons in /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-ol7.repo
    2. yum install docker-engine
  • Greg King Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    As usual... a well written and helpful blog Honglin.
  • siva pokuri Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    Thanks Ashok It worked for me.
  • KOLBER Sunday, November 11, 2018
    Is this Docker CE or EE ?
  • Honglin Su Monday, November 12, 2018
    Based on Community Edition.
  • Alex Sultanov Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    I keep getting "repository does not exist or may require 'docker login'" despite logging in with my oracle login:

    root@bla oracle]# docker login container-registry.oracle.com
    Username (alex.sultanov@oracle.com):
    Login Succeeded
    [root@bla oracle]# docker pull container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux:6.9
    Trying to pull repository container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux ...
    pull access denied for container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux, repository does not exist or may require 'docker login'

    Any idea why?
  • Alex Sultanov Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    Keep getting pull error despite successsful login:

    root@bla oracle]# docker login container-registry.oracle.com
    Username (alex.sultanov@oracle.com): alex.sultanov@oracle.com
    Login Succeeded
    [root@bla oracle]# docker pull container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux:latest
    Trying to pull repository container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux ...
    pull access denied for container-registry.oracle.com/os/oraclelinux, repository does not exist or may require 'docker login'

    Any idea how to fix it?
  • Honglin Su Saturday, January 5, 2019
    You need to login into the Oracle Container Registry and accept the license terms. Use your browser, sign in on https://container-registry.oracle.com
  • matjung Thursday, March 26, 2020
    cat oracle-release
    Oracle Linux Server release 8.1
    Did anyone write instructions for Oracle 8 and how to get docker with yum?
  • Honglin Su Monday, March 30, 2020
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