Installing Docker on Windows 10

Docker is a computer program that performs operating-system-level virtualization, also known as “containerization”. Docker allows you to install software quickly and without worrying about dependencies. To use Docker images of software, you need to have Docker installed on your machine.

To check if you have Docker, run the terminal: click the “Start >> Program Files >> Accessories >> Command Prompt” to open a Command Prompt session using just your mouse. Click the “Start” button and type “cmd.” Right-click “Cmd,” select “Run as Administrator” and click “Yes” to open Command Prompt with elevated privileges.

Type in the terminal:

docker -v

If you do not see the version as an output, you need to install Docker. Most modern computes can run Docker, if you have any doubts, please check the official documentation.

Downloading and installing Docker

Please visit the official page of Docker Desktop for Windows and click the Download button.

docker official page

You will be redirected to Dockerhub. You need to register and login to download the installation file.

logging in

The registration process is very simple and straightforward. After registering, enter you login and password.

signing in

You will be redirected to Dockerhub. Now the download button will be enabled.

downloading docker

Navigate to the directory where you saved the installation file. Double click the installation file.

windows installer download progress

Accept the defaults.


The installation will continue.

docker installation step 1 docker installation step 2

Open the terminal and type:

docker -v

You should see the similar output.

docker version

Navigate to the folder where you installed Docker and double click on the Docker for Windows.exe file.

docker executable

Soon you will see a pop-up window. Enter your credentials.

logging in to docker

Pulling the container image

To run containers pull the container image:

docker pull

You should see the similar console output:

pulling container image

Navigate to the directory where you cloned this project. Depending on how you want to interact with the container, run it in foreground or as a daemon.

To run the container in the foreground:

docker-compose -f up
running in foreground

You may see a pop-up asking whether you want to share drive. Click Share it to continue.

share drive

MySQL will be started first and then LH Toolkit will be started on the containers. When you are done using LH Toolkit you can press Ctrl+C to stop the container. Do not do this unless you want to stop Docker.

stopping container

To run the container in the background:

docker-compose -f up -d
running as daemon

Using LH Toolkit

To start using LH Toolkit, point your browser to localhost:8080/lh-toolkit. The following are the authentication information:

  • User: admin

  • Pass: Admin123

login screen

Bringing container down

To bring the container down and to free space on your machine run:

docker-compose down
bringing container down


When you are pulling the container image, the directory you are in does not matter. However, if you try to run this docker image from outside of this project directory, you will get the following error:

running image from wrong directory

Navigate to the project directory and enter the command again.

If you try to pull an image before starting the Docker daemon, you will see an error:

docker not started error

Navigate to the folder where you installed Docker and double click on the Docker for Windows.exe file.

You might see the following warning on the older systems:

windows deprecated

Ignore it or update your system.