Upgrading Docker on Amazon Linux AMI

I want to upgrade Docker to v1.8 on Amazon Linux.

At the time of writing their internal yum package repository has: Docker version 1.7.1, build 786b29d/1.7.1.

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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Upgrading Docker on Amazon Linux AMI”

    If you’re using the EC2 Container service, the AWS ECS-optimized AMI (2015.09.b) is running docker-1.7.1 as of this writing. A post in the AWS forums states “[AWS is] testing 1.9 RC and plan to deliver it this month.”

    To expand on Hzmy’s answer, here’s how to upgrade Docker to 1.9.0 in an SSH session:

    service docker stop
    cp /usr/bin/docker /usr/bin/docker.old
    curl -o /usr/bin/docker https://get.docker.com/builds/Linux/x86_64/docker-1.9.0
    service docker start

    If you’re using CloudFormation templates, here’s a command you can drop in your AWS::Cloudformation::Init:

    "commands": {
        "03_upgrade_docker_for_log_driver_support": {
            "command": {
                "Fn::Join": [
                        "#!/bin/bash -xe\n",
                        "service docker stop\n",
                        "cp /usr/bin/docker /usr/bin/docker.old\n",
                        "curl -o /usr/bin/docker https://get.docker.com/builds/Linux/x86_64/docker-1.8.3\n",
                        "service docker start\n"

    Maybe not the cleanest, but it seems to work for me.

    I ended up installing the Amazon Linux docker package and then overwriting the /usr/bin/docker binary with the 1.8.2 version binary from: https://docs.docker.com/installation/binaries/.

    Not exactly elegant – but all of the dependencies are the same, and seeing as my AMI is immutable the package won’t be upgraded on top of the current image.

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