Released: Docker Desktop for Mac [Apple Silicon]

Today we are excited to announce the general availability of Docker Desktop for Mac [Apple Silicon], continuing to support developers in our community with their choice of local development environments.  

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First, we want to say a big thank you to our community. The excitement you have shown about being able to run Docker Desktop on the new M1 chip has been tremendous and hugely motivating to us. Your engagement on testing builds and reporting problems has been invaluable. As soon as Apple announced the new M1 chip, you let us know on our public roadmap that this was a high priority for you, and it quickly became by far our most upvoted roadmap item ever. You also responded very positively to our previous blog posts.

After the M1 machines were publicly available, those of you on our developer preview program tested some very early builds. And then as we moved into public tech previews and release candidates, many more of you joined in with testing your enormous variety of use cases, and reporting bugs. In total we have had 45,000 downloads of the various preview builds, and 140 tickets raised on our public bug tracker, not to mention countless messages on our community Slack.

We know that Docker Desktop is an essential part of the development process for so many of you. We are very grateful that we have such an active and supportive community, and that you have shared both your excitement and your feedback with us. We couldn’t have gotten here without you.

Thank you!

Where can you get it? 

Download it here!

Release notes can be found here!

Looking for support?

Did you know that you can get Premium Customer Support for Docker Desktop with a Pro or Team subscription?  With this GA release, we’re now ready to officially help support you if you’re thinking about using Docker Desktop for Mac [Apple Silicon], for Mac [Intel] or for Windows. Check out our pricing page to learn more about what’s included in a Pro or Team subscription, and if it’s right for you.

Have you tried multi-platform builds?

Many developers are going to experience multi-platform development for the first time with the Macs powered by the M1 chip. This is one of the key areas where Docker shines. Docker has had support for multi-platform images for a long time, meaning that you can build and run both amd64(Intel) and arm64 (Apple Silicon) images on Docker Desktop today. The new Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon is no exception; you can build and run images for both x86 and ARM architectures without having to set up a complex cross-compilation development environment.

Docker Hub also makes it easy to identify and share repositories that provide multi-platform images.


Using docker buildx you can also easily integrate multi-platform builds into your build pipeline.

Try it today.

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