Docker Desktop, the collaborative development app, updated with M1 support

Docker Desktop M1 Mac
Docker Desktop M1 Mac (Image credit: Docker)

What you need to know

  • Docker Desktop has been updated with native support for Apple silicon.
  • The app now runs faster and quieter, enabling developers to do even more.

Docker, the collaborative application development platform, is bringing Docker Desktop to Apple silicon.

In a press release, the company announced the immediate availability of its popular development application for the latest Macs powered by the M1 processor. According to the company, the preview of the new update was installed 45,000 times by developers running M1 Macs.

With nearly 45,000 installs of the tech preview, developers using Docker Desktop for Mac [Apple Silicon] find it to be faster and quieter and just as easy to get up and running in minutes where they can rapidly code, test and collaborate while ensuring consistency between development and production environments. Docker offers a comprehensive and integrated end-to-end experience that delights and empowers developers, without limiting their choices of ecosystem tools and clouds. This consists of UIs, CLIs and APIs that are engineered to work together across the entire app delivery lifecycle, along with the nearly 90,000 Arm-based images, including Docker Official Images, available on Docker Hub.

Docker Captain Ajeet Singh Raina says that the update will enable developers to do everything they've wanted while doing it "faster and with less noise."

"To the many developers eager to know if they can use the latest Macs as a dev machine with Docker, the wait is over ... Docker Desktop for Mac [Apple Silicon] will let you do everything you've been able to do on a Mac already, and you'll be able to do it faster and with less noise."

Justin Cormack, Docker's Chief Technology Officer, said that the new release will allow developers to "build and run end-to-end on the Arm architecture from Docker Desktop on their M1-powered Macs to Arm-based cloud servers such as AWS Graviton 2."

"This is great news for the many developers who have been clamoring for Docker Desktop for Macs with Apple Silicon ... This marks an expansion of the broader developer universe that extends Docker Desktop into the Mac's custom silicon where they can write powerful applications.""Docker developers have even more capabilities for cross platform development without having to learn anything new or changing how they build, share and run applications. All of the commands, local tools, build pipelines and deployment automations just work ... We're committed to making sure that the Docker standard for containers runs on all of the platforms our developers want today and tomorrow."

You can learn more about the latest update to Docker Desktop on the company's blog post.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.