How To Get Docker Daemon Running

Getting the Docker daemon up and running can be a bit intimidating at first, but with a little guidance, it’s actually quite straightforward. In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps to get your Docker daemon running smoothly. I’ll also share some personal tips and insights along the way.

Installing Docker

The first step is to install Docker on your machine. Docker is available for various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can download the installation package from the official Docker website ( and follow the installation instructions specific to your operating system.

Starting the Docker Service

Once Docker is installed, you need to start the Docker service. On most operating systems, Docker runs as a background process, commonly known as a daemon. To start the Docker daemon, open your terminal or command prompt and enter the following command:

sudo systemctl start docker

If you’re on Windows, you can start the Docker daemon by searching for “Docker Desktop” in the start menu and clicking on the application.

Note: On Linux, you might need to use the sudo command to run Docker commands with root privileges.

Verifying Docker Installation

To ensure that Docker is up and running correctly, you can run a simple command to check the Docker version:

docker version

This command will display the client and server versions of Docker. If you see the version details without any errors, then congratulations! Your Docker daemon is now up and running.

Configuring Docker Daemon

By default, the Docker daemon starts automatically when you boot your machine. However, you may need to configure some settings to optimize Docker for your specific use case. The Docker daemon configuration file can be found at /etc/docker/daemon.json on Linux, C:\ProgramData\Docker\config\daemon.json on Windows, and ~/.docker/daemon.json on macOS.

You can edit this file using a text editor to modify the configuration. Some common configurations you might want to adjust include:

  • storage-driver: Specify the storage driver for Docker, depending on your filesystem.
  • log-level: Set the log level for Docker daemon to control the verbosity of the logs.
  • dns: Define the DNS servers to be used by Docker containers.

Make sure to restart the Docker daemon after making any changes to the configuration file for the changes to take effect.

Troubleshooting Docker Daemon

While getting the Docker daemon running is usually smooth, you may encounter some issues along the way. Here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Check Docker logs: You can view the Docker daemon logs by running the following command: journalctl -u docker.service on Linux or checking the logs section in the Docker Desktop application on Windows and macOS.
  • Restart Docker service: If you encounter any issues, try restarting the Docker service using the appropriate command for your operating system.
  • Update Docker: Make sure you’re running the latest version of Docker by checking for updates regularly.


Getting the Docker daemon up and running is an essential step in using Docker for containerization. By following the installation steps, starting the Docker service, and configuring the daemon, you can ensure a smooth experience with Docker. Remember to troubleshoot any issues that may arise and stay up-to-date with Docker updates to take advantage of new features and bug fixes.

Happy containerizing!