About Docker EE

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Docker Enterprise Edition (Docker EE) is designed for enterprise development and IT teams who build, ship, and run business-critical applications in production and at scale. Docker EE is integrated, certified, and supported to provide enterprises with the most secure container platform in the industry. For more info about Docker EE, including purchasing options, see Docker Enterprise Edition.

There are currently two versions of Docker EE Engine available:

  • 18.03 - Use this version if you’re only running Docker EE Engine.
  • 17.06 - Use this version if you’re using Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 (Docker Engine, UCP, and DTR).

Docker EE tiers

Capabilities Community Edition Enterprise Edition Basic Enterprise Edition Standard Enterprise Edition Advanced
Container engine and built in orchestration, networking, security yes yes yes yes
Certified infrastructure, plugins and ISV containers   yes yes yes
Image management     yes yes
Container app management     yes yes
Image security scanning       yes

Enterprise Edition Basic

With Docker EE Basic, you can deploy Docker Enterprise Engine to manage your container workloads in a flexible way. You can manage workloads on Windows, Linux, on-premise or on the cloud.

Docker EE Basic has enterprise class support with defined SLAs, extended maintenance cycles for patches for up to 24 months.

Learn more about the supported platforms.

Enterprise Edition Standard and Advanced

Docker EE Standard has everything the Basic edition has, and extends it with private image management, integrated image signing policies, and cluster management with support for Kubernetes and Swarm orchestrators.

Docker EE Advanced takes this one step further and allows you to implement node-based RBAC policies, image promotion policies, image mirroring, and scan your images for vulnerabilities.

Learn more about Docker EE Standard and Advanced.

Supported platforms

The following table shows all of the platforms that are available for Docker EE. Each link in the first column takes you to the installation instructions for the corresponding platform. Docker EE is an integrated, supported, and certified container platform for the listed cloud providers and operating systems.


These are the operating systems where you can install Docker EE.

Platform x86_64 / amd64 IBM Power (ppc64le) IBM Z (s390x)
CentOS yes    
Oracle Linux yes    
Red Hat Enterprise Linux yes yes yes
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server yes yes yes
Ubuntu yes yes yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 yes    

Limitations on IBM Power architecture

Neither UCP managers nor workers are supported on IBM Power.

Docker Certified Infrastructure

Docker Certified Infrastructure is Docker’s prescriptive approach to deploying Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) on a range of infrastructure choices. Each Docker Certified Infrastructure includes a reference architecture, automation templates, and third-party ecosystem solution briefs.

Platform Docker Enterprise Edition
VMware yes
Amazon Web Services yes
Microsoft Azure yes
IBM Cloud Coming soon

Docker Enterprise Edition release cycles

Each Docker EE release is supported and maintained for 24 months, and receives security and critical bug fixes during this period.

The Docker API version is independent of the Docker platform version. We maintain careful API backward compatibility and deprecate APIs and features slowly and conservatively. We remove features after deprecating them for a period of three stable releases. Docker 1.13 introduced improved interoperability between clients and servers using different API versions, including dynamic feature negotiation.

Upgrades and support

If you’re a Docker DDC or CS Engine customer, you don’t need to upgrade to Docker EE to continue to get support. We will continue to support customers with valid subscriptions whether the subscription covers Docker EE or Commercially Supported Docker. You can choose to stay with your current deployed version, or you can upgrade to the latest Docker EE version. For more info, see Scope of Coverage and Maintenance Lifecycle.

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