The Docker driver allows you to install Kubernetes into an existing Docker install. On Linux, this does not require virtualization to be enabled.


  • Install Docker 18.09 or higher (20.10 or higher is recommended)
  • amd64 or arm64 system.
  • If using WSL complete these steps first


Start a cluster using the docker driver:

minikube start --driver=docker

To make docker the default driver:

minikube config set driver docker



Start a cluster using the rootless docker driver: install -f
docker context use rootless
minikube start --driver=docker --container-runtime=containerd

Unlike Podman driver, it is not necessary to set the rootless property of minikube (minikube config set rootless true). When the rootless property is explicitly set but the current Docker host is not rootless, minikube fails with an error.

It is recommended to set the --container-runtime flag to “containerd”.

Special features

  • Cross platform (linux, macOS, Windows)
  • No hypervisor required when run on Linux
  • Experimental support for WSL2 on Windows 10

Known Issues

  • The following Docker runtime security options are currently unsupported and will not work with the Docker driver (see #9607):

  • On macOS, containers might get hung and require a restart of Docker for Desktop. See docker/for-mac#1835

  • The ingress, and ingress-dns addons are currently only supported on Linux. See #7332

  • On WSL2 (experimental - see #5392), you may need to run:

    sudo mkdir /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd && sudo mount -t cgroup -o none,name=systemd cgroup /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd.

Also see co/docker-driver open issues.


Verify Docker container type is Linux

  • On Windows, make sure Docker Desktop’s container type setting is Linux and not windows. see docker docs on switching container type. You can verify your Docker container type by running:
    docker info --format '{{.OSType}}'

Run with logs

  • Run --alsologtostderr -v=1 for extra debugging information

Deploying MySql on a linux with AppArmor

  • On Linux, if you want to run MySQL pod, you need to disable AppArmor for mysql profile

    If your docker has AppArmor enabled, running mysql in privileged mode with docker driver will have the issue #7401. There is a workaround - see moby/moby#7512.