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Please note that due to low usage this module is no longer being actively maintained. It is recommended to use either the Docker cli (docker.exe) or try Docker.DotNet directly.

PowerShell for Docker

This repo contains a PowerShell module for the Docker Engine. It can be used as an alternative to the Docker command-line interface (docker), or along side it. It can target a Docker daemon running on any operating system that supports Docker, including both Windows and Linux.

Note that this module is still in alpha status and is likely to change rapidly.


Note that there is no dependency on the Docker client.

Currently, the Docker endpoint must support API version 1.24, which is still in development. Practically speaking, this means you will need a development build of Docker. If your Docker endpoint is running on Windows Server Technical Preview 5, that should be new enough.


See our Releases page for current releases of Docker PowerShell, or you can try the development builds below. Feedback and contributions welcome!

Development Builds

build status

The following information will allow you to install development builds -- do understand that these are early builds and will change (hopefully with your feedback).

The dev builds are updated for every commit to master and are released to To install the latest build, in PowerShell 5.0 run:

> Register-PSRepository -Name DockerPS-Dev -SourceLocation

> Install-Module -Name Docker -Repository DockerPS-Dev -Scope CurrentUser

(Note: if you get an error like "WARNING: MSG:SourceLocationNotValid" try updating your Nu-Get version as explained in this issue comment.)

After this, you can update to new development builds with just:

> Update-Module -Name Docker

Linux and Mac OS X

As of the v6.0.0-alpha.10 release of PowerShell, the instructions listed above for development builds work as expected on Linux.

Need an offline workflow?

From an internet connected machine:

> Save-Module -Name Docker -Path .

Copy the entire folder .\Docker to the destination at: %ProgramFiles%\WindowsPowerShell\Modules


We welcome contributions to this project in the form of issues (bugs, suggestions, proposals, etc.) and pull requests.

For pull requests, we do require that you sign the Microsoft Contribution License Agreement. It is a simple process that you only need to complete once.

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.


Before Compiling: Git submodules for Docker.DotNet

This project uses Docker.DotNet as a git submodule (git submodule --help to view manual pages for submodule). When first starting a new clone of Docker.Powershell, this requires one-time initializtion of the submodule with git submodule update --init to prepare the directories used by the submodule. When making changes to Docker.PowerShell that use corresponding changes made to Docker.DotNet master branch, use git submodule update --remote to sync the submodule to the latest in master, and include the updated commit id for the submodule in the changes submitted to Docker.Powershell.

Compiling with DotNet CLI

To compile this project, you need the following:

Once these are installed, you can run:

> dotnet restore

> dotnet publish .\src\Docker.PowerShell -o .\src\Docker.PowerShell\bin\Module\Docker -f net46

or for a module targetted at cross-platform PowerShell:

> dotnet restore

> dotnet publish .\src\Docker.PowerShell -o .\src\Docker.PowerShell\bin\Module\Docker -f netstandard1.6

This will produce the PowerShell module at .\src\Docker.PowerShell\bin\Module\Docker in the project folder.

You will only need to run dotnet restore once unless you pull changes that update the project dependencies in project.json.

Updating Help Markdown Files

This codebase includes markdown files corresponding to the help information for each of the cmdlets. This markdown is generated and consumed by the platyPS PowerShell module. You should use the platyPS cmdlets to update and refresh the markdown files to reflect any changes made to the structure or behavior of the cmdlets. Follow the instructions on the platyPS github readme to get the module installed, and then after imported the Docker module with your changes compiled in, run:

> New-MarkdownHelp -Module Docker -OutputFolder .\src\Docker.Powershell\Help -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

> Update-MarkdownHelp -Path .\src\Docker.PowerShell\Help

This will create new entries for any added parameters in existing cmdlets, as well as new markdown files for any new cmdlets, leaving placeholder text for the descriptions and examples. Please keep the descriptions of any existing or new parameters or cmdlets up-to-date with any changes to the implementation.

Visual Studio Code

If you use Visual Studio Code as your editor, you will find three tasks pre-defined in the top-level directory:

  • restore will perform dotnet restore across the whole project to reload any dependencies.
  • build will perform the dotnet publish command with the arguments listed in the compilation section above.
  • test will launch a new powershell window with the module loaded for manual testing.
  • update-help will use powershell to run the New-MarkdownHelp and Update-MarkdownHelp cmdlets with the arguments necessary to generate any updates to the help markdown files. NOTE: This requires the platyPS module and uses the most recently built local Docker module.


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