This project is officially deprecated in favor of Docker Machine. The code and documentation here only exist as a reference for users who have not yet switched over (but please do soon). The recommended way to install Machine is with the Docker Toolbox.


Lightweight Linux for Docker

This project is maintained by boot2docker


boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).

See Frequently asked questions for more details.



Download the installers for Mac OS X and Windows.

How to use

Check out the latest use and install instructions for Mac OS X and Windows

Docker Hub

To save and share container images, automate workflows, and more sign-up for a free Docker Hub account.

Build your own boot2docker.iso

Go to How to build for Documentation on how to build your own boot2docker ISO.