While this isn’t exactly fresh news anymore, I believe this tool is awesome enough that we should dig into it. Note, that the Docker for Mac Beta is still closed however, they seem to be rolling it out fairly quickly. If you haven’t done so yet, you can sign up here: https://beta.docker.com/
Why is it awesome?
There are a couple of reasons:
- First and foremost there is no longer a VM in the way of interacting with the Docker Daemon. Well…that isn’t quite true as the Docker Daemon is running within a very thin Alpine Linux VM via an xyhve hypervisor. However, it is very transparent and so far in terms of file mount speed and general usability, boot2docker / vagrant based solutions are dead to me.
- It really is a native Mac OSX application. As you will see below it is very easy to download and install the .dmg and it has no external dependencies that are required. Oh….and it has automatic updates baked right into it.
- It only takes few minutes to have Docker for Mac beta app downloaded and installed and it just fits right into the development workflow.
Download and Install “Docker for Mac”
When you’re selected for the beta you will receive an email that includes a link to the download page and a key that will allow you to activate your beta. Once you have it download you can drag the Docker for Mac beta into your applications folder.