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PowerShell module that allows access to the Docker engine. Install it using

Install-Module -Name dockeraccesshelper

After that import it and use it to give access to any user

PS C:\Windows\system32> Import-Module dockeraccesshelper
PS C:\Windows\system32> Add-AccountToDockerAccess "CONTOSO\PMILLER"

For more details see

Manually runing commands in case Import-Module is not preferred

$npipe = "\\.\pipe\docker_engine"                                                                                 
$dInfo = New-Object "System.IO.DirectoryInfo" -ArgumentList $npipe                                               
$dSec = $dInfo.GetAccessControl()                                                                                 
$fullControl =[System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemRights]::FullControl                                       
$allow =[System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlType]::Allow                                                  
$rule = New-Object "System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule" -ArgumentList $account,$fullControl,$allow

If running PowerShell 7 or newer

Newer versions of PowerShell do not support the classes/methods currently used by dockeraccesshelper. If you face errors like Method invocation failed because [System.IO.DirectoryInfo] does not contain a method named 'GetAccessControl'., you can work around this by:

  • temporarily switch to PowerShell 5.1 (or earlier)
  • use PowerShell ISE to execute the manual commands


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