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Last pushed: 7 days ago
Short Description
Debian is a Linux distribution that's composed entirely of free and open-source software.
Full Description

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

For more information about this image and its history, please see the relevant manifest file (library/debian). This image is updated via pull requests to the docker-library/official-images GitHub repo.

For detailed information about the virtual/transfer sizes and individual layers of each of the above supported tags, please see the debian/ file in the docker-library/docs GitHub repo.

What is Debian?

Debian is an operating system which is composed primarily of free and open-source software, most of which is under the GNU General Public License, and developed by a group of individuals known as the Debian project. Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions for personal computers and network servers, and has been used as a base for several other Linux distributions.

About this image

The debian:latest tag will always point the latest stable release (which is, at the time of this writing, debian:jessie). Stable releases are also tagged with their version (ie, debian:8 is an alias for debian:jessie, debian:7 is an alias for debian:wheezy, etc).

The rolling tags (debian:stable, debian:testing, etc) use the rolling suite names in their /etc/apt/sources.list file (ie, deb testing main).

The mirror of choice for these images is the redirecting mirror so that it's as close to optimal as possible, regardless of location or connection. See the httpredir homepage for more information.

If you find yourself needing a Debian release which is EOL (and thus only available from, you should check out the debian/eol image, which includes tags for Debian releases as far back as Potato (Debian 2.2), the first release to fully utilize APT.

How It's Made

If you are curious about what goes into creating this image, please see contrib/ in (and contrib/mkimage/debootstrap in the same repo).

Additional interesting information is provided in files on the dist branch of the relevant repository, namely the exact command used to build (SUITE/build-command.txt), a full log of the build itself (SUITE/build.log), and the "build manifest" (SUITE/build.manifest, which lists the version numbers of all the packages included in the rootfs tarball).

Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 1.11.1.

Support for older versions (down to 1.6) is provided on a best-effort basis.

Please see the Docker installation documentation for details on how to upgrade your Docker daemon.

User Feedback


Documentation for this image is stored in the debian/ directory of the docker-library/docs GitHub repo. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the repository's file before attempting a pull request.


If you have any problems with or questions about this image, please contact us through a GitHub issue. If the issue is related to a CVE, please check for a cve-tracker issue on the official-images repository first.

You can also reach many of the official image maintainers via the #docker-library IRC channel on Freenode.


You are invited to contribute new features, fixes, or updates, large or small; we are always thrilled to receive pull requests, and do our best to process them as fast as we can.

Before you start to code, we recommend discussing your plans through a GitHub issue, especially for more ambitious contributions. This gives other contributors a chance to point you in the right direction, give you feedback on your design, and help you find out if someone else is working on the same thing.

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Comments (24)
4 days ago

@m10141 use 'ip addr'

4 days ago

The command ifconfig returns command not found

3 months ago

If I use FROM debian:jessie as the basis of an image that is part of a commercial project, what does that imply from a licensing point of view? Is it equivalent to redistributing debian on a CD for instance...

6 months ago

@rajaaggie check out the DF

a year ago

The command uname -p returns unknown

a year ago

...and what about lenny version? old version are very useful for doing nasty things like packaging for old infrastructures

a year ago

Is there a way to build an i686 instead of a x86_64 squeeze image?

a year ago

The latest build has broken haproxy:latest with this error: haproxy: "error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

a year ago

The Information tab mentions debian:7.4 which is no longer the same as debian:wheezy. Rephrasing that sentence might make the Information no longer become untrue when the :wheezy tag is moved.

a year ago

The debian security repo add a fix for the GHOST. Does the wheezy image has be updated?