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The smallest, easiest way to run Docker in production at scale. Everything in RancherOS is a container managed by Docker. This includes system services such as udev and rsyslog. RancherOS includes only the bare minimum amount of software needed to run Docker. This keeps the binary download of RancherOS very small. Everything else can be pulled in dynamically through Docker.

How this works

Everything in RancherOS is a Docker container. We accomplish this by launching two instances of Docker. One is what we call the system Docker which runs as the first process. System Docker then launches a container that runs the user Docker. The user Docker is then the instance that gets primarily used to create containers. We created this separation because it seemed logical and also it would really be bad if somebody did docker rm -f $(docker ps -qa) and deleted the entire OS.

How it works


  • v1.5.6 - Docker 19.03.11 - Linux 4.14.138


Special docker-machine Links

Additional Downloads

AMD64 Links

Cloud Links

VMware Links

Hyper-V Links

Proxmox VE Links

4G-LTE Links


  1. you can use http instead of https in the above URLs, e.g. for iPXE.
  2. you can use latest instead of v1.5.6 in the above URLs if you want to get the latest version.


SSH keys are added to the rancher user, so you must log in using the rancher user.


Region Type AMI
eu-north-1 HVM ami-0b28754e9e36e8e07
ap-south-1 HVM ami-0a8d6fd80f6647904
eu-west-3 HVM ami-0a20d2e00be3ce551
eu-west-2 HVM ami-00d503d7ef22da04a
eu-west-1 HVM ami-01e9e007e7af05e9f
ap-northeast-2 HVM ami-0798c48ba8aad886b
ap-northeast-1 HVM ami-0a251d44dc78b0f2f
sa-east-1 HVM ami-0726b3d19b7868934
ca-central-1 HVM ami-0eccf03e8527335c9
ap-southeast-1 HVM ami-0782dcdedcc2aaa11
ap-southeast-2 HVM ami-03f9ce52431a00706
eu-central-1 HVM ami-0b63175a9bbbcda85
us-east-1 HVM ami-0e8a3347e4c5959bd
us-east-2 HVM ami-08faee1387289d316
us-west-1 HVM ami-030a2ddc7ac6017e4
us-west-2 HVM ami-0fb650eb46d1c240f

Additionally, images are available with support for Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) here.


You can get RancherOS in the Azure Marketplace, currently only the rancher user can be logged in through SSH keys.

Documentation for RancherOS

Please refer to our RancherOS Documentation website to read all about RancherOS. It has detailed information on how RancherOS works, getting-started and other details.

Support, Discussion, and Community

If you need any help with RancherOS or Rancher, please join us at either our Rancher forums or #rancher IRC channel where most of our team hangs out at.

For security issues, please email instead of posting a public issue in GitHub. You may (but are not required to) use the GPG key located on Keybase.

Please submit any RancherOS bugs, issues, and feature requests to rancher/os.

Please submit any Rancher bugs, issues, and feature requests to rancher/rancher.


Copyright (c) 2014-2019 Rancher Labs, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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