My OS is supporting windows 7 and i need to install docker for my hyperledger project. Apparently, docker is available for windows 10. What should i do in this case, because upgrading my OS version is not possible as of this moment.

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Important Note : Docker Toolbox has been deprecated and users are advised to move to Docker Desktop. A migration guide can be found here : https://docs.docker.com/docker-for-windows/docker-toolbox/

To run Docker natively on Windows , you need Hyper-V support which isn't included in Windows 7. You can see an official workaround below :

From docker.com

If you have an earlier Windows system that doesn’t meet the Docker for Windows requirements, get Docker Toolbox.

See Docker Toolbox Overview for help on installing Docker with Toolbox.

The Docker Toolbox setup does not run Docker natively on Windows. Instead, it uses docker-machine to create and attach to a virtual machine (VM). This machine is a Linux VM that hosts Docker for you on your Windows system.


To run Docker, your machine must have a 64-bit operating system running Windows 7 or higher. Additionally, you must make sure that virtualization is enabled on your machine. For details, see the Toolbox install instructions for Windows.

Installing Docker Toolbox and hosting containers from the Linux VM shouldn't be a problem as long as you have decent hardware available.

For installation links and tutorials : Install Docker for Windows

For Docker Toolbox : Install Docker Toolbox on Windows

  • @WEFX apparently there have been some changes in docker's own tutorial. you can follow docs.docker.com/toolbox/overview for toolbox , i've also updated the answer to reflect the changes on docker pages Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 9:09
  • Is this still correct in 2018? Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 16:06
  • it is and will be unless microsoft decides to support hyper-v on windows 7 Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 6:26
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    It seems that Docker Toolbox has been deprecated Commented Feb 9, 2021 at 8:14
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    I've added an edit for the new migration page Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 6:55

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