Docker preview build is now available for Apple Silicon M1 Macs

Docker has finally released a preview version for Apple Silicon M1 Macs. The preview builds are available for users who sign for Docker’s Developer Preview Program.

Early impressions by users who have tried out the Docked Desktop preview have reported positive feedback. The preview build supports both x86 and arm64v8 images, however, it is known to cause kernel panics due to some bugs that will be resolved soon.

Docker for Apple Silicon M1 Macs enter preview phase

Docker is one of the most popular tools for developers that allows creating and sharing containerized apps and services. The Docker team had announced that they will need to move to Apple’s new hypervisor framework and also implement some changes to the experience of their desktop app to make them compatible with Apple’s new M1 macs. On GitHub, it was announced a couple of days ago that the early preview builds are now ready for testing.

Good news! The team has made significant progress, and we will be sending out preview builds of Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon very soon 🎉. We will be using the Developer Preview Program to send out preview builds.

If you have an M1 Mac, and want to give the new Dock preview build a try, you can go ahead and sign up to the Docker Developer Preview Program which will give you access to the new preview builds. Of course, as is the case with all preview software, expect some bugs with the builds:

Take in mind; these are still preview builds (some parts are not yet working, and we’re working with 🍎 to get some bugs fixed (we discovered some bugs resulting in a kernel panic), or (to quote my college Dave); “Expect it to be a bit rough around the edges, after all it’s a dev preview!”

You can check the list of open bugs here and contribute with your own feedback to help.

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