Do the New Terms of Docker Desktop Apply If You Don’t Use the Docker Desktop UI?

Even if you don’t take advantage of the user interface that Docker provides with Docker Desktop and simply use the CLI, you may still need a paid subscription to use Docker Desktop. Much of Docker Desktop’s value comes from making it easy to develop with containers locally on Windows and Mac.

We announced our product subscription updates in August and as part of this change, Docker Desktop is now Requires a paid subscription per user (professional, team, or business) For professional use in large corporations (greater than 250 employees or more than $10 million in annual revenue).

If you meet the above criteria for a large company, and have Docker Desktop installed, you need a paid subscription Starts at $5 per user per month.

Docker Desktop remains free for small businesses (less than 250 employees and less than $10 million in annual revenue), personal use, education, and non-commercial open source projects.

There is a grace period until January 31, 2022For those who need a paid subscription to use Docker Desktop.

Well, what can I get with Docker Desktop?

With Docker Desktop, installation, configuration and maintenance are easy with one click. Starting at the top, Docker Desktop comes as a single package for Mac or Windows. There is a single installer that, in one click, setup everything you need to use Docker in minutes.

Docker simplifies configuration within Docker Desktop, and takes care of port assignments, file system concerns, and other default settings, making it seamless to develop on your local machine. Docker also maintains and updates Docker Desktop regularly with bug fixes and security updates.

You can learn more about all the magic behind the scenes of Docker Desktop in this blog. Or check out these Twitter threads from Tweet embed And Tweet embed. Brett Fisher, one of the captains of Docker, also has a great synopsis on his Youtube show here.

Docker Desktop Features – Many of them are not UI related:

Here is a brief list of the features you get with Docker Desktop. You can also learn more about the difference between Docker Desktop vs DIY with Docker Engine here.

How can I check if Docker Desktop is installed?

Checking to see if you are using Docker Desktop is simple. An easy way to determine if Docker Desktop is currently running on your machine is if this code is present:

You can also check to see if Docker Desktop is installed via the file system.

  • On a Mac, search for “/Applications/”
  • In Windows, search for “C:Program FilesDockerDocker”

Choosing the Docker subscription that meets your needs

Check out the Docker pricing page to compare all the features in each subscription. If you’d like some help choosing the subscription that best suits your needs, you can also check out our Docker subscription cheat sheet. It highlights some of the key differences between each of the subscriptions: Personal, Pro, Team, and Business. And if you still have questions, you can always check our FAQ page which has additional details.

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