Docker releases its app for Windows 10, currently in limited beta

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Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of apps inside software containers by providing an additional layer of abstraction and automation of operating system-level virtualization on Linux. Now, the project is making its way to Windows and Mac users with its first beta.

The Windows and Mac OS beta will enable developers to test Docker on their desktop or laptop without having to run a server implementation — something that historically been a nuisance so far. Mano Marks, the director of Docker, shared more details through a YouTube video featured at the end of this article. “All you need is Docker, git, and a text editor for whatever version control system and IDE you want to use,” he said.

The native app for Windows 10 features a native user interface, auto-update, and a bunch of bundled tools: Docker command line, Docker Compose, and Docker Notary command line. Here are some other features:

  • Volume mounting, with inotify supported on Mac, for in-container development
  • DNS servers and networking integration for OS X and Windows, to make it easier to access containers over the LAN
  • In Mac environments, the native release is designed to work with the OS X sandbox security model: “we are working closely with Apple to achieve this

According to Marks, it’s also possible to “develop apps on your machine without having the runtime or framework installed on your machine.” If you want to run Docker on Windows 10, you’ll need the Pro version running the 1511 November update and the Hyper-v package installed.

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