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Docker Compose

Docker Compose is a tool for running multi-container applications on Docker defined using the Compose file format. A Compose file is used to define how the one or more containers that make up your application are configured. Once you have a Compose file, you can create and start your application with a single command:

docker compose up

About update and backward compatibility

Docker Compose V2 is a major version bump release of Docker compose. It has been completely rewriten from scratch in Golang (V1 was in Python). The installation instructions for Compose V2 differ from V1. V2 is not a standalone binary anymore and installation scripts will have to be adjusted. Some commands are different.

For a smooth transition from legacy docker-compose 1.xx, please consider installing compose-switch to translate

docker-compose ...
commands into Compose V2's
docker compose ....
. Also check V2's

Where to get Docker Compose

Windows and macOS

Docker Compose is included in Docker Desktop for Windows and macOS.


You can download Docker Compose binaries from the release page on this repository.

Rename the relevant binary for your OS to

and copy it to

Or copy it into one of these folders for installing it system-wide:

  • /usr/local/lib/docker/cli-plugins
  • /usr/lib/docker/cli-plugins

(might require to make the downloaded file executable with

chmod +x

Quick Start

Using Docker Compose is basically a three-step process: 1. Define your app's environment with a

so it can be reproduced anywhere. 2. Define the services that make up your app in
so they can be run together in an isolated environment. 3. Lastly, run
docker compose up
and Compose will start and run your entire app.

A Compose file looks like this:

    build: .
      - "5000:5000"
      - .:/code
    image: redis


Want to help develop Docker Compose? Check out our contributing documentation.

If you find an issue, please report it on the issue tracker.

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