Docker as an alias for Podman

Dec 23, 2021 · 1 min read · Post a comment
Docker as an alias for Podman

There is a quick hack to get started with Podman if you are not familiar with the syntax though.



Step 1. First thing you gotta make sure Docker and Podman are both installed.

$ docker --version
$ podman --version

Example output:

Docker version 20.10.11, build dea9396
podman version 3.4.1

Step 2. Create an alias.

$ alias docker=podman

Step 3. Test things out by listing currently running containers in podman.

$ docker ps

Example output:

CONTAINER ID  IMAGE                           COMMAND           CREATED        STATUS            PORTS                 NAMES
48b6f110f166  docker.io/library/httpd:latest  httpd-foreground  9 seconds ago  Up 9 seconds ago>80/tcp  brave_hugle


Running Podman in root mode won’t cause you any headaches when transitioning from Docker. Although it might defeat the purpose since it’s supposed to be run in a rootless mode, which might be a topic for another day.
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