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  1. What is Docker?
  2. Install Docker on MacOS
    1. Download the (free) Docker Community Edition for Mac (unless you’ve already got it installed on your system).
    2. Choose Right Installation Package
    3. To install
  3. Launch Docker

What is Docker?

Docker is a platform that enables software to run in its own isolated environment. SQL Server (from 2017) can be run on Docker in its own isolated container. Once Docker is installed, you simply download — or “pull” — the SQL Server on Linux Docker Image to your Mac, then run it as a Docker container. This container is an isolated environment that contains everything SQL Server needs to run.

Install Docker on MacOS

Download the (free) Docker Community Edition for Mac (unless you’ve already got it installed on your system).

This will enable you to run SQL Server from within a Docker container.

Choose Right Installation Package

To download, visit the Docker CE for Mac download page and click Get Docker.

There are two types installation package provided. If you’re using Apple M1 chip (Check if you’re using Apple M1 here)

To install

Double-click on the .dmg file and then drag the Docker.app icon to your Application folder.

Launch Docker

  1. Launch Docker the same way you’d launch any other application (eg, via the Applications folder, the Launchpad, etc).

  2. When you open Docker, you might be prompted for your password so that Docker can install its networking components and links to the Docker apps. Go ahead and provide your password, as Docker needs this to run.