Docker is a free and open source tool designed to build, deploy, and run applications inside containers. Host on which docker is installed is known docker engine. Docker uses the OS level virtualization and providers container run time environment. In other words, Docker can also defined as PaaS (platform as service) tool.

As docker is a daemon based service, so make sure docker service is up and running. When you launch an application which needs multiple containers to spin up and there is dependency among the containers then in such scenarios, docker compose is the solution.

In this guide, we will cover how to install Docker on Ubuntu 22.04 and 20.04 step by step and will also cover docker compose installation and its usage.


  • Ubuntu 22.04 / 20.04 along with ssh access
  • sudo user with privilege rights
  • Stable Internet Connection

Let’s deep dive into Docker installation steps on Ubuntu 22.04 / 20.04. Installation steps of docker on these two LTS Ubuntu versions are identical.

Step 1) Install docker dependencies

Login to Ubuntu 22.04 /20.04 system and run the following apt commands to install docker dependencies,

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install -y ca-certificates curl gnupg lsb-release

Step 2) Setup docker official repository

Though the docker packages are available in default package repositories but it is recommended to use docker official repository. To enable docker repository run below commands,

$ curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg
$ echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null

Step 3) Install docker with apt command

Now, we are all set to install latest and stable version of docker from its official repository. Run the beneath to install it

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install docker-ce docker-ce-cli -y

Once the docker package is installed, add your local user to docker group so that local user can run docker commands with sudo. Run,

$ sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
$ newgrp docker

Note: Make sure logout and login again after adding local user to docker group

Verify the Docker version by executing following,

$ docker version

Output of above command would be:


Verify whether docker daemon service is running or not by executing below systemctl command,

$ sudo systemctl status docker


Above output confirms that docker daemon service is up and running.

Step 4) Verify docker Installation

To test and verify docker installation, spin up a ‘hello-world’ container using below docker command.

$ docker run hello-world

Above docker command will download ‘hello-world’ container image and then will spin up a container. If container displays the informational message, then we can say docker installation is successful.  Output of above ‘docker run’ would look like below.


Installation of Docker Compose on Ubuntu 22.04 / 20.04

To install docker compose on Ubuntu Linux, execute the following commands one after the another

$ sudo curl -L "$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Check the docker-compose version by running following command,

$ docker-compose --version
docker-compose version 1.29.2, build cabd5cfb

Perfect, above output confirms that docker compose of version 1.29.2 is installed.

Test Docker Compose Installation

To test docker compose, let’s try to deploy WordPress using compose file. Create a project directory ‘wordpress’ using mkdir command.

$ mkdir wordpress ; cd wordpress

Create a docker-compose.yaml file with following contents.

$ vi docker-compose.yaml
version: '3.3'

     image: mysql:latest
       - db_data:/var/lib/mysql
     restart: always
       MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: sqlpass@123#
       MYSQL_DATABASE: wordpress_db
       MYSQL_USER: dbuser
       MYSQL_PASSWORD: dbpass@123#
       - db
     image: wordpress:latest
       - "8000:80"
     restart: always
       WORDPRESS_DB_HOST: db:3306
       WORDPRESS_DB_USER: dbuser
       WORDPRESS_DB_PASSWORD: dbpass@123#
       WORDPRESS_DB_NAME: wordpress_db
    db_data: {}

Save and close the file.


As we can see, we have used two containers one for WordPress web and other one is for Database. We are also creating the persistent volume for DB container and WordPress GUI is exposed on ‘8000’ port.

To deploy the WordPress, run the below command from your project’s directory

$ docker-compose up -d

Output of above command would like below:


Above confirms that two containers are created successfully. Now try to access WordPress from the Web Browser by typing URL:



Great, above confirms that WordPress installation is started via docker-compose. Click on Continue and follow screen instructions to finish the installation.

That’s all from this guide. I hope you found this guide informative, please don’t hesitate to share your feedback and comments.

For more documentation on docker please refer : Docker Documentation

Also Read : How to Setup Local APT Repository Server on Ubuntu 20.04

Also Read : How to Setup Traefik for Docker Containers on Ubuntu 20.04

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