Chapter 1 About Oracle Container Runtime for Docker

Oracle Container Runtime for Docker allows you to create and distribute applications across Oracle Linux systems and other operating systems that support Docker. Oracle Container Runtime for Docker consists of the Docker Engine, which packages and runs the applications, and integrates with the Docker Hub and Oracle Container Registry to share the applications in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud.

The Docker Engine is designed primarily to run single applications in a similar manner to LXC application containers that provide a degree of isolation from other processes running on a system.


Oracle Container Runtime for Docker releases 17.03 and later are only available on Oracle Linux 7 (x86_64). Oracle Linux 6 is not supported for Oracle Container Runtime for Docker version 17.03 and later.

The Docker Hub hosts applications as Docker images and provides services that allow you to create and manage a Docker environment. If you register for an account with the Docker Hub, you are able to use it to store your own private images. You do not need an account at Docker to access publicly accessible images on the Docker Hub. The Docker Hub also hosts enterprise-ready applications that are certified as trusted and supported. These applications are made available by the verified publishers. Some applications shipped on the Docker Hub may require payment.


The Docker Hub is owned and maintained by Docker, Inc. Oracle makes Docker images available on the Docker Hub that you can download and use with the Docker Engine. Oracle does not have any control otherwise over the content of the Docker Hub Registry site or its repositories.

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The Oracle Container Registry contains images for licensed commercial, and open source, Oracle software products. Images may also be used for development and testing purposes. The commercial license covers both production and non-production use. The Oracle Container Registry provides a web interface where customers are able to select Oracle images, and, if required, agree to terms of use, before pulling the images using the standard Docker client software. More information on this service is provided in Section 6.1, “Pulling Images from the Oracle Container Registry”.