A great way to get Docker running smoothly on OS X is to use the awesome project Dinghy. It is basically:
Docker on OS X with batteries included, aimed at making a more pleasant local development experience. Runs on top of docker-machine.
Some of the benefits are:
- Faster volume sharing using NFS rather than built-in virtualbox/vmware file shares
- Filesystem events work on mounted volumes
- Easy access to running containers using built-in DNS and HTTP proxy
Prerequisites for Mac OS X
Since OS X is Unix-based, you'll need to add some additional pieces of functionality to be able to run Docker on your Mac.
brew tap caskroom/cask brew update brew install docker docker-compose brew cask install virtualbox virtualbox-extension-pack
Install via Homebrew
brew tap codekitchen/dinghy brew install dinghy
Create the Dinghy VM
The next step is to create the
dinghy VM. This creates a VM that is based on VirtualBox and Docker Machine. Please note it will take a few minutes for this command to complete:
dinghy create --provider virtualbox
After a successful VM creation, you'll receive shell output similar to the following:
export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://192.168.99.101:2376 export DOCKER_CERT_PATH=/Users/prm/.docker/machine/machines/dinghy export DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY=1 export DOCKER_MACHINE_NAME=dinghy
Be sure to add these lines to your
~/.bash_profile or similar file. Also, don't copy/paste the above because these lines change for each specific install.
Dinghy and the VM can be upgraded separately.
dinghy halt brew update brew upgrade dinghy dinghy up
Upgrade the Dinghy VM:
Test the Installation
You may now test the installation. An easy way is to run: