How to install docker on windows 7

Docker is a computer program that performs operating-system-level virtualization, also known as "containerization". Containers created with docker allow you to create isolated development environments on your system. These containers are also portable so you can easily move them from machine to machine and even share them with others.

Docker has many more benefits which you can read about here on the official docker website.


To install docker on Windows 7 you will need to download and install Docker Toolbox.

Docker Toolbox is for older Mac and Windows systems that do not meet the requirements of Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows

You will need to be running a 64 bit version of Windows 7 and you will need virtualization enabled on your system.



  1. Download docker toolbox from the following link.

  1. Double click the DockerToolbox.exe file and run through the wizard.

How to install docker on windows 7

Select the components you want and click next.

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Select all additional tasks and click next.

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Review the install details and click install when ready.

How to install docker on windows 7

  1. Once the install is complete look for the Docker Quickstart Terminal on your desktop and double click.

How to install docker on windows 7

  1. A terminal will open docker configuration will start. This could take a while.

How to install docker on windows 7


  1. Eventually you will see the following screen.

How to install docker on windows 7


  1. The terminal runs a special bash environment instead of the standard Windows command prompt. The bash environment is required by Docker.


  1. To confirm your install has been successful, type the command docker run hello-world. If the install is good you should see the following output.


That's it, leave a comment below if this worked for you or not.



  1. Prashant on June 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Working fine. Thanks

  2. bd on August 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for this guide, works exactly as described.

  3. d on August 24, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Thank you from Windows 7 user.

  4. Kai on September 2, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Works as described, thank you!

  5. a on September 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Works for me. Windows 7

  6. Y on September 3, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks, pretty helpful!!

  7. suresh on September 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm


  8. BL on September 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks you it works greatly appreciate your help

  9. Donald T on September 25, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Bonjour le mien n’a pas fonctionné
    que faire?
    j’ai un message d’erreur

  10. Erwin on September 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Working :):):)

  11. dimwap on October 5, 2019 at 10:55 am

    it still works, win7

  12. Padri on October 5, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Not working for windows 7 x86 🙁

  13. Chris on October 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the guide, it worked great!

  14. Jaspreet on October 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

    working mate !! thanks for this

  15. André on December 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I had two problems: #1 my user is not an admin, so I would appreciate, if you’d mention it
    #2 git was installed before and so the shortcut had the wrong path variable for git.

    Beside this it’s a very practically help – thank you

  16. WINUSER on December 20, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Merci ça marche apprécie grandement votre aide
    N.B. demande d’installer d’autre sous composants “oracle” pendant l’installe. répondre OK pour tous et ça passe.

  17. Gracious on December 23, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Yes, it worked. Thanks

  18. Cihan on January 16, 2020 at 8:45 am

    working, thanks

  19. KeThichDua on January 16, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Thank you from Windows 7 user.

  20. Artur Freitas on March 22, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Hello, I got the error below after type docker login my_url -u my_username -p my_passworrd

    WARNING! Using –password via the CLI is insecure. Use –password-stdin.
    error getting credentials – err: exec: “docker-credential-desktop”: executable f
    ile not found in %PATH%, out: “

    Do you have idea what is happening?

    When I use the same command in Windows 10 It works fine.

    • Peter on March 26, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Looks like Docker is not added to your PATH. You must not have clicked the “Add Docker binaries to PATH” During the install process

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