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Docker for mac daemon only accessible by root

(Charlesporter) #1

Expected behavior

to be able to run docker as regular user

Actual behavior

need to run as root to avoid ‘Cannot Connect to Docker daemon’ etc error


-bash: OS: command not found

  • a reproducible case if this is a bug, Dockerfiles FTW

  • host distribution and version ( OSX 10.10.x, OSX 10.11.x, Windows, etc )
    OSX 10.11.4 El Capitan macbook pro, mid 2015, 16gb

Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. …download Docker.dmg
  2. …open dmg
    3… drag to /Applications
    4… open terminal
    5… run docker ps
    6… see error


  1. sudo bash
  2. run docker ps
  3. no error

(Igerges) #2

I had this same issue, noticed it was being caused by some old boot2docker stuff in my profile that was changing DOCKER_HOST.

-[[ -d $HOME/.boot2docker ]] && export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://

Removing that resolved my issue. Hope this helps.

(Charlesporter) #3

I thought I had checked that but your message pompted me to check again.
That solved it.