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Docker is a platform for running applications in an isolated environment called a "container" (or Docker container). Applications like Jenkins can be downloaded as read-only "images" (or Docker images), each of which is run in Docker as a container. A Docker container is a "running instance" of a Docker image. A Docker image is stored permanently, based on when image updates are published, whereas containers are stored temporarily. Learn more about these concepts in Getting Started, Part 1: Orientation and setup in the Docker documentation.

Due to Docker’s fundamental platform and container design, a Docker image for a given application, such as Jenkins, can be run on any supported operating system or cloud service also running Docker. Supported operating systems include macOS, Linux and Windows, and supported cloud services include AWS and Azure.

Installing Docker

To install Docker on your operating system, follow the instructions in the Guided Tour prerequisites.

Alternatively, visit Docker Hub, and select the Docker Community Edition suitable for your operating system or cloud service. Follow the installation instructions on their website.

If you are installing Docker on a Linux-based operating system, ensure you configure Docker so it can be managed as a non-root user. Read more about this in Docker’s Post-installation steps for Linux page of their documentation. This page also contains information about how to configure Docker to start on boot.


Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 256 MB of RAM

  • 1 GB of drive space (although 10 GB is a recommended minimum if running Jenkins as a Docker container)

Recommended hardware configuration for a small team:

  • 4 GB+ of RAM

  • 50 GB+ of drive space

Comprehensive hardware recommendations:

Software requirements:

Downloading and running Jenkins in Docker

There are several Docker images of Jenkins available.

Use the recommended official jenkins/jenkins image from the Docker Hub repository. This image contains the current Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Jenkins, which is production-ready. However, this image doesn’t contain Docker CLI, and is not bundled with the frequently used Blue Ocean plugins and its features. To use the full power of Jenkins and Docker, you may want to go through the installation process described below.

A new jenkins/jenkins image is published each time a new release of Jenkins Docker is published. You can see a list of previously published versions of the jenkins/jenkins image on the tags page.

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