Installing Docker on Kali Linux

To install Docker on Kali you need to remember that there is already a package named “docker”, therefore Docker has to be installed under a different name. If you install docker you will not end up with the container version. The version we will be installing is named docker.io. All commands are the same however, so running docker on the command line will be the appropriate command.

kali@kali:~$ sudo apt update
kali@kali:~$
kali@kali:~$ sudo apt install -y docker.io
kali@kali:~$
kali@kali:~$ sudo systemctl enable docker --now
kali@kali:~$
kali@kali:~$ docker
kali@kali:~$

You can now get started with using docker, with sudo. If you want to add yourself to the docker group to use docker without sudo, an additional step is needed:

kali@kali:~$ sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
kali@kali:~$

If you would like to use a Kali Docker image, we have a doc page for that here.


Updated on: 2020-Jun-19
Author: gamb1t