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Ubuntu 20 - Install Docker

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The script below will install docker using a PPA. This will allow you to always use the latest version of Docker without waiting on the Ubuntu package maintainers.

Docker will not start correctly if you are running a VPN connection. This will make it appear like installation failed when actually installation succeeded but docker will fail to start up correctly.


sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

# Remove any existing installations...
sudo apt-get purge docker-engine -y
sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine -y

# Stop script on any error
# need to set this AFTER purge so that doesn't error out on fresh install
set -e

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install -y \
software-properties-common apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl

# Add the key for docker
curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

sudo add-apt-repository -y \
"deb [arch=amd64] \
$(lsb_release -cs) \

apt-cache policy docker-ce

sudo apt update
sudo apt install docker-ce -y

# Add the current user to docker so that you can
# execute docker commands without using sudo
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

echo "You will need to reboot before using docker."


Last updated: 13th May 2022
First published: 23rd June 2020