(Last Updated On: August 9, 2019)

How do I install Docker CE on Debian 10 Buster?, How can I install Docker Compose on Debian 10 Buster?. In this guide, I’ll discuss a step by step installation of Docker and Docker Compose on Debian 10 (Buster).

Docker is the most popular and widely used container runtime. It enables you to package and run your applications in isolated containers in a single server or cluster of Linux servers orchestrated by Kubernetes and similar tools.

Docker Editions

There are two editions of Docker available.

  • Community Edition (CE): ideal for individual developers and small teams looking to get started with Docker and experimenting with container-based apps.
  • Enterprise Edition (EE): Designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business-critical applications in production at scale.

This guide will cover installation of Docker CE on Debian 10 Buster. But let’s first look at common docker terminologies.

Docker Components / Terminologies

Below are commonly used terminologies in Docker ecosystem.

  • Docker daemon: This is also called Docker Engine, it is a background process which runs on the host system responsible for building and running of containers.
  • Docker Client: This is a command line tool used by the user to interact with the Docker daemon.
  • Docker Image: An image is an immutable file that’s essentially a snapshot of a container. A docker image has a file system and application dependencies required for running applications.
  • Docker container: This is a running instance of a docker image with an application and its dependencies. Each container has a unique process ID and isolated from other containers. The only thing containers share is the Kernel.
  • Docker registry: This is an application responsible for managing storage and delivery of Docker container images. It can be private or public.

Install Docker CE on Debian 10 Buster

Follow the steps covered in the next parts of this article to install and use Docker CE on Debian 10 (Buster).

Step 1: Install Dependency packages

Start the installation by ensuring that all the packages used by docker as dependencies are installed.

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg2 software-properties-common

Step 2: Add Docker’s official GPG key:

Import Docker GPG key used for signing Docker packages.

curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/debian/gpg | sudo apt-key add -

Step 3: Add the Docker repository to Debian 10

Add Docker repository which contain the latest stable releases of Docker CE.

sudo add-apt-repository \
   "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/debian \
   $(lsb_release -cs) \

This command will add the line shown in /etc/apt/sources.list file.

deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/debian buster stable

Step 4: Install Docker & Docker Compose on Debian 10 (Buster)

Update the apt package index.

sudo apt update

Then install Docker CE and Docker Compose.

sudo apt -y install docker-ce docker-compose

This installation will add docker group to the system without any users. Add your user account to the group to run docker commands as non-privileged user.

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

Log out and log back in so that your group membership is re-evaluated.


Step 5: Test Docker installation.

Run a test docker container:

$ docker run --rm -it  --name test alpine:latest /bin/sh
Unable to find image 'alpine:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/alpine
cd784148e348: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:46e71df1e5191ab8b8034c5189e325258ec44ea739bba1e5645cff83c9048ff1
Status: Downloaded newer image for alpine:latest

/ # cat /etc/os-release
NAME="Alpine Linux"
PRETTY_NAME="Alpine Linux v3.9"
/ # exit

Step 6: Test Docker Compose installation.

Create a test Docker Compose file.

$ vim docker-compose.yml

Add below data to the file.

version: '3'  
    image: nginx:latest
     - "8080:80"
     - php
    image: php:7-fpm

Start service containers.

$ docker-compose up -d


Show running Containers

$ docker-compose ps

Destroy containers

$ docker-compose stop
$ docker-compose rm
Going to remove vagrant_web_1, vagrant_php_1
Are you sure? [yN] y
Removing vagrant_web_1 … done
Removing vagrant_php_1 … done

Go through Official Docker documentation and Docker Compose documentation to learn more.

Setup Docker UI (Optional)

If you need a UI management console for Docker hosts and containers, checkout Portainer.

How to Install Portainer Docker UI manager

Monitoring Docker containers

Monitoring Docker containers can be achieved by using Monitoring tools such as Netdata, Prometheus and Grafana. Below guide should also be helpful Check Container container metrics with Ctop.