Docker Mac Virtual Machine

Recently i got a new macbook pro and i started setting it up. Everything was going great until i tried to install docker and create default docker machine. After i installed Docker for Mac, i tried to start virtual machine :

  1. Azure Virtual Machine Docker
  2. Vm Vs Docker
  3. Docker Mac Virtual Machine Free

Azure Virtual Machine Docker

After some googling i found couple of solutions for the problem :

Official documentation: Docker v.1 – Network configuration. Official documentation: Docker v18.0 – Network configuration. Docker's genMAC Source code. Example MACs generated. 02:42:AC:11:00:02; Tested on. Docker v18.06.1-ce; Virtual Machine’s MAC ranges. How to recognise a VMware's virtual machine by its MAC address? You're using Docker Machine in your Windows VM, which is actually going to create a Linux VM inside the Windows VM on your Mac. You can do that, but you need to enable nested virtualization - which I'm not sure you can do in Parallels 7. Instead you can run Docker Machine on the Mac directly and use Parallels to create the Linux VM - which means Docker is running in a Linux VM on your Mac, and you don't need. Before we can make any changes to the Docker virtual machine image, we need to stop Docker for Mac. There should be a Docker for Mac icon in the menu bar. You should see something similar to this: You can also check via the command line via the ps -ef grep -i com.docker.


  1. Reinstall VM and then restart computer
  2. Install older version of VM, install it and then restart computer
  3. Restart VirtualBox

Tried all of them and everytime it was a failure. One thing was not leaving me in piece - when i was re-installing VirtualBox i was getting an error during installation :
Still, i was able to launch VirtualBox UI and even see that default machine was created. Though, when i tried to start it - i was getting driver not installed (rc=-1908) error. This got me to one thread, where i found a suggestion to check Mac OS Privacy settings and check if VirtualBox software was asking for permissions or not. And that was it ! So, to fix this problem you just have to :

Docker Mac Virtual Machine
  1. Start VirtualBox installation
  2. Wait for it to Fail
  3. Open Settings->Security&Privacy
  4. On the bottom there will be a record that System software from 'Oracle' developer was blocked from loading
  5. Tap Allow button
  6. Install VirtualBox again.

At the end you should have a Successful installation of VirtualBox and now you can

Docker and vm

Now you just need to docker-machine env default and you are all set.

Happy coding ! :)

Vm Vs Docker

You can use Docker Machine to:

Docker Mac Virtual Machine
  • Install and run Docker on Mac or Windows
  • Provision and manage multiple remote Docker hosts
  • Provision Swarm clusters

What is Docker Machine?

Docker Machine is a tool that lets you install Docker Engine on virtual hosts, and manage the hosts with docker-machine commands. You can use Machine to create Docker hosts on your local Mac or Windows box, on your company network, in your data center, or on cloud providers like AWS or Digital Ocean.

Using docker-machine commands, you can start, inspect, stop, and restart a managed host, upgrade the Docker client and daemon, and configure a Docker client to talk to your host.

Docker Mac Virtual Machine Free

Point the Machine CLI at a running, managed host, and you can run docker commands directly on that host. For example, run docker-machine env default to point to a host called default, follow on-screen instructions to complete env setup, and run docker ps, docker run hello-world, and so forth.

Why should I use it?

Machine is currently the only way to run Docker on Mac or Windows, and the best way to provision multiple remote Docker hosts on various flavors of Linux.

Docker Machine has these two broad use cases.

  • I want to run Docker on Mac or Windows

    If you work primarily on a Mac or Windows laptop or desktop, you need Docker Machine in order to “run Docker” (that is, Docker Engine) locally. Installing Docker Machine on a Mac or Windows box provisions a local virtual machine with Docker Engine, gives you the ability to connect it, and run docker commands.

  • I want to provision Docker hosts on remote systems

Docker Engine runs natively on Linux systems. If you have a Linux box as your primary system, and want to run docker commands, all you need to do is download and install Docker Engine. However, if you want an efficient way to provision multiple Docker hosts on a network, in the cloud or even locally, you need Docker Machine.

Whether your primary system is Mac, Windows, or Linux, you can install Docker Machine on it and use docker-machine commands to provision and manage large numbers of Docker hosts. It automatically creates hosts, installs Docker Engine on them, then configures the docker clients. Each managed host (“machine”) is the combination of a Docker host and a configured client.

What’s the difference between Docker Engine and Docker Machine?

When people say “Docker” they typically mean Docker Engine, the client-server application made up of the Docker daemon, a REST API that specifies interfaces for interacting with the daemon, and a command line interface (CLI) client that talks to the daemon (through the REST API wrapper). Docker Engine accepts docker commands from the CLI, such as docker run <image>, docker ps to list running containers, docker images to list images, and so on.

Docker Machine is a tool for provisioning and managing your Dockerized hosts (hosts with Docker Engine on them). Typically, you install Docker Machine on your local system. Docker Machine has its own command line client docker-machine and the Docker Engine client, docker. You can use Machine to install Docker Engine on one or more virtual systems. These virtual systems can be local (as when you use Machine to install and run Docker Engine in VirtualBox on Mac or Windows) or remote (as when you use Machine to provision Dockerized hosts on cloud providers). The Dockerized hosts themselves can be thought of, and are sometimes referred to as, managed “machines”.

Where to go next

  • Create and run a Docker host on your local system using VirtualBox
  • Provision multiple Docker hosts on your cloud provider
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