What is your macOS version? The last solved similar issues were solved by updating macOS. Sometimes to a newer major version, sometimes at least to the latest patch version. Most issues happened on macOS 12 as far as I know.
macOS 13.6 2 came out in November. I would try to install the latest updates. You could reboot your Mac too (I don’t do it normally, just let it go to sleep) before updating. I know, its not Windows but it still helps sometimes if there is a process that causes the issue.
I’ve upgraded to 13.6.1 (doesn’t seem to have 13.6.2) and restarted, but Docker Desktop is still stuck on “Starting the Docker Engine…” for >10 minutes. I have 16gb ram, and have plenty of free cpu and memory available, so there’s no bottleneck afaict.
Since this is something I could never reproduce, if updating doesn’t work, I can only recommend reporting the issue where the developers cans ee it. Before you open a new issue, try to search for similar issues. Based on the forum topics, I’m pretty sure there are existing issues already.
Thanks for the reply @rimelek
Yes, I’ve got MacOS 12.1
There are other application dependency issues that mean I can’t just now upgrade to v.13 or 14
There was clearly some significant issue that was introduced after Docker v.4.23.0 that has triggered this failure.
Is there any way that we can get Docker to incorporate a warning on the incompatibilities here with certain MacOS versions? This does seem to be coming up for a good number of users and with in a sufficiently consistent manner to point to a verifiable problem.
Would it be a problem to update to the latest macOS 12? As I wrote in my first response
So you can try to update at least 12.7. I have my MacBook only since 2022, and my use case allowed me to always update the OS, so I’m not sure if updating to a newer major version (12.7) could break anything, but it is an option nevertheless.
And that was in my third post which was also the last.
The issue is resolved with either reverting to Docker Desktop 4.23.x
Or updating MacOS from 12.1 to 12.7.1
It is clearly confirmed by several in that issue that there is a problem with a series of Docker/MacOS version combinations.
I encourage Docker to post a notification on these issues, until it is fully resolved in future code releases. We want to be able to trust that regular updates to Docker will continue to work for us and our teams as expected.