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Docker for Mac incompatible with Mid-2009 Macbook Pro

(Andrew Pitt) #1

Expected behavior

Would like to run Docker for Mac on my Mid-2009 Macbook Pro.

Have been running Docker Toolbox (and it’s predecessor, boot2docker) for a year or so quite happily on this machine.

Actual behavior

Fatal Error

Incompatible CPU detected.

Docker requires a processor with virtualization capabilities.


  • OSX El Capitan 10.11.4
  • Mid-2009 Macbook Pro 8GB RAM, 64-bit 2.66Ghz Core 2 DUO

Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. Try to launch Docker for Mac.

(Nicolai Kobber) #2

Mac must be a 2010 or newer model, with Intel’s hardware support for memory management unit (MMU) virtualization; i.e., Extended Page Tables (EPT)

See > System Requirements

(Andrew Pitt) #3

Thanks. It didn’t cross my mind to check the requirements since Docker Toolbox (based on VirtualBox) works fine.

I guess my problems will be solved shortly when Apple announces the new MacBook Pros. I’m over due for an upgrade anyway!

(Tomasz Lotocki) #4

Yeah I’m on the same boat we need to use Docker Toolbox instead: