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Title: How do I enable docker as a service without re-installing docker?
ID: /2019/08/12/How-do-I-enable-docker-as-a-service-without-re-installing-docker_
Created: August 12, 2019    Edited:  August 12, 2019
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Update Aug 12 2019

For your systemd goals, you may want to simply install regular docker and not use it via snap. From:

We do this for several reasons:

Because of the above, we do not plan to wrap the entire systemd unit
specification (as you said, that would be unreasonable) and we are
exposing a subset of the functionality. Do note that the subset of
functionality is being expanded and reevaluated based on feedback from
the field (eg, most recently timers and the thread you mentioned 7).
Importantly, we want to expose needed functionality to developers in a
manner that is consistent with snapd’s design principles and work
everywhere in the cross-distribution ecosystem.

Systemd setup with β€œRegular” docker

Configure docker to start on boot says:

Configure Docker to start on boot

Most current Linux distributions (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu 16.04 and higher) use systemd to manage which services start when the system boots. Ubuntu 14.10 and below use upstart.


$ sudo systemctl enable docker

To disable this behavior, use disable instead.

$ sudo systemctl disable docker

Also Control Docker with systemd says:

Control Docker with systemd

Many Linux distributions use systemd to start the Docker daemon. This document shows a few examples of how to customize Docker’s settings.

Start the Docker daemon

Start manually

Once Docker is installed, you need to start the Docker daemon. Most Linux distributions use systemctl to start services. If you do not have systemctl, use the service command.

$ sudo systemctl start docker
$ sudo service docker start

Manually create the systemd unit files

When installing the binary without a package, you may want to integrate Docker with systemd. For this, install the two unit files (service and socket) from the github repository to /etc/systemd/system.


Description=Docker Application Container Engine
Documentation= docker.socket firewalld.service

# the default is not to use systemd for cgroups because the delegate issues still
# exists and systemd currently does not support the cgroup feature set required
# for containers run by docker
ExecStart=/usr/bin/dockerd -H fd://
ExecReload=/bin/kill -s HUP $MAINPID
# Having non-zero Limit*s causes performance problems due to accounting overhead
# in the kernel. We recommend using cgroups to do container-local accounting.
# Uncomment TasksMax if your systemd version supports it.
# Only systemd 226 and above support this version.
# set delegate yes so that systemd does not reset the cgroups of docker containers
# kill only the docker process, not all processes in the cgroup
# restart the docker process if it exits prematurely



Description=Docker Socket for the API

# If /var/run is not implemented as a symlink to /run, you may need to
# specify ListenStream=/var/run/docker.sock instead.

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