Install and Use Docker Compose on Fedora 36/35/34/33/32

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Docker Compose is a tool used to define and run multi-container Docker applications. The application services are configured using a Compose file. Unlike running docker commands, a single command is all that’s required to create and start all the services from your configuration.

Docker Compose is a great tool for development, testing, and staging environments, as well as CI workflows. Install it on your Fedora using the steps provided below.

Step 1: Install Docker Engine

Docker Compose requires Docker Engine to be installed on the host system before it can be used. Install Docker on Fedora system using our guide below.

Step 2: Install Docker Compose on Fedora 36/35/34/33/32

After the Docker Engine has been installed, the next step is the installation of Docker Compose on Fedora 36/35/34/33/32. There are two ways you can install Docker Compose on Fedora.

  • Install Docker Compose on Fedora from RPM repository
  • Install from Source binary file

Method 1: Install Docker Compose on Fedora from a binary file.

Please check the latest release of Docker Compose on the Official Compose releases page before downloading.

Install wget:

sudo dnf -y install wget

Download latest compose:

curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/docker/compose/releases/latest \
  | grep browser_download_url \
  | grep docker-compose-linux-x86_64 \
  | cut -d '"' -f 4 \
  | wget -qi -

Make the binary file executable.

chmod +x docker-compose-linux-x86_64

Move the file to your PATH.

sudo mv docker-compose-linux-x86_64 /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

The command above will save the file to /usr/local/bin/docker-compose. Validate version:

$ docker-compose --version
Docker Compose version v2.5.1

Method 2: Install Docker Compose on Fedora from OS repo (Not latest package)

With this method you won’t get the latest release of Docker Compose.

If you would like to install the version of Docker Compose available on Fedora upstream repository, just run the command:

sudo dnf install docker-compose

This may not install the most current version of Docker Compose. You can check what is installed using the rpm command.

$ rpm -qi docker-compose
Name        : docker-compose
Version     : 1.29.2
Release     : 3.fc35
Architecture: noarch
Install Date: Fri 05 Nov 2021 12:10:20 AM EAT
Group       : Unspecified
Size        : 905287
License     : ASL 2.0
Signature   : RSA/SHA256, Sun 25 Jul 2021 08:15:00 PM EAT, Key ID db4639719867c58f
Source RPM  : docker-compose-1.29.2-3.fc35.src.rpm
Build Date  : Thu 22 Jul 2021 01:11:04 AM EAT
Build Host  : buildvm-a64-16.iad2.fedoraproject.org
Packager    : Fedora Project
Vendor      : Fedora Project
URL         : https://github.com/docker/compose
Bug URL     : https://bugz.fedoraproject.org/docker-compose
Summary     : Multi-container orchestration for Docker

Step 3: Configure Compose Command-line completion

Compose comes with command completion for the bash and zsh shell.

For Bash users

Place the completion script in /etc/bash_completion.d/.

sudo curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/docker/compose/master/contrib/completion/bash/docker-compose -o /etc/bash_completion.d/docker-compose
source /etc/bash_completion.d/docker-compose

For Zsh users

Download the completion script in your ~/.zsh/completion/

mkdir -p ~/.zsh/completion
curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/docker/compose/$VER/contrib/completion/zsh/_docker-compose > ~/.zsh/completion/_docker-compose

Include the directory in your $fpath by adding in ~/.zshrc:

fpath=(~/.zsh/completion $fpath)

Make sure compinit is loaded or do it by adding in ~/.zshrc:

autoload -Uz compinit && compinit -i

Then reload your shell:

exec $SHELL -l

You have learned how to Install Docker Compose on Fedora 36/35/34/33/32. Visit Compose getting started page for how to use Compose.

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