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When you start using a virtual machine offered by SAP Cloud Platform, you'll notice that it comes with a default operating system, currently SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1, without any additional software installed on it.

SAP doesn't take responsibility for the installation and support of any third-party software. It's up to you as the owner of the virtual machine to decide what software you want to install and which third-party repository you use to download the software. For more information, see Installing and Maintaining Software on a Virtual Machine.

For this tutorial, let's take Docker as a popular example and install it on an SAP Cloud Platform virtual machine.



  1. To configure your access to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) repositories, run the following command in your SSH client:
    zypper addrepo -f https://slesrepo.{region_host}/repo/SUSE/Products/SLE-SERVER/12-SP1/x86_64/product/ SUSE12SP1

    Replace {region_host} with the corresponding Neo environment region host:

    Region Host
    Europe (Rot) or
    US East (Sterling)
    Australia (Sydney)

  2. Add the repository that contains the Docker package:
    zypper addrepo -f docker-main​

  3. Download and install Docker:

    zypper --non-interactive --no-gpg-checks install docker-engine=17.05.0.ce-1

  4. (Optional) To verify that Docker has been properly installed, run the following commands:
    service docker start​

    docker version

  5. (Optional) If you want Docker to start automatically when the virtual machine boots, run:
    systemctl enable docker

These steps should help you get started with Docker on your SAP Cloud Platform virtual machine. If you have any questions or any other type of feedback, don't hesitate to share it in the comments below.