Installing Boot2Docker

Tue Nov 4, 2014 in boot2docker using tags

Starting with a new team of developers, it helps to document the bootstrapping steps to a development environment.

Rather than try and use a convergence tool like Chef, Puppet, Ansible, or SALT, this time the environment will embrace Docker.

We could use a tool like Vagrant, but we need to support both Windows and Mac development workstations, and Vagrant under Windows can be vexing.

For this, we will begin anew using Boot2Docker

Before we begin, be sure to install VirtualBox from Oracle’s website

The easiest way to install VirtualBox is to use HomeBrew Cask under HomeBrew

brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask
brew cask install virtualbox

The easiest way to install boot2docker is to use HomeBrew

brew install boot2docker

Afterward, be sure to upgrade the homebrew bottle to the latest version of boot2docker:

boot2docker upgrade

Alternatively, a sample commandline install of boot2docker might look like this:

sudo installer -pkg ~/Downloads/Boot2Docker-1.3.1.pkg -target /

I’ll leave the commandline install of VirtualBox up to your imagination. With HomeBrew Cask, there’s really not much of a point.

If you’re still not comfortable, below is a pictoral screenshot guide to installing boot2docker the point-and-click way.

Step 0

Download boot2docker for OS/X or boot2docker for Windows

Step 1

Run the downloaded Boot2Docker.pkg or docker-install.exe to kick off the installer.

Boot2docker.pkg in Downloads folder

Step 2

Click the Continue button to allow the installer to run a program to detect if boot2docker can be installed.

Allow installer to run a program to detect if boot2docker can be installed

Step 3

Click the Continue button to proceed beyond the initial installation instructions dialog.

Instructions to install boot2docker

Step 4

The installer will now ask for an admin username/password to obtain admin rights to install boot2docker.

Installer asks for admin rights to install boot2docker

Step 5

Before installing, the installer will advise how much space the install will take. Click the Install button to start the actual install.

Advice on how much space boot2docker will take when installed

Step 6

When the installation is successfully, click the Close button to exit the installer.

Install completed successfully

Step 7

You now have a shiny icon for boot2docker in /Applications you can click on to start a boot2docker terminal window session.

Boot2docker app is in Applications

Congrats. You now have boot2docker installed.