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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 so that it's as close to optimal as possible, regardless of location or connection.

$ docker run debian:jessie cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb jessie main
deb jessie-updates main
deb jessie/updates main
Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 1.9.1.

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

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.

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 (20)
2 years ago

Really pleased to see that there is now an official Debian image, many thanks.

2 years ago

Awesome with a official image, been waiting for so long!

2 years ago

Would be great to have documentation on how the image was generated

2 years ago

AFAIU, is the source for official Debian images repository, in case of need (issues reporting)

2 years ago

@olberger. Thanks for adding that link. I've added a link to the stackbrew repository which in turn points to the actual commits and files the images are built from.

2 years ago

How frequently are these images updated?

a year ago

Hi there!

Debian has been updated to 7.7 version.
Can you please create the corresponding tag?

Thank you!

a year ago

It should be noted, that it is necessary to run "apt-get update" before installation of anything via apt-get is possible.

a year ago

It'd be a nice clarification to add an 8 tag to the Jessie image.

a year ago

I am having a problem with this.. The distribution seems to be incomplete or something. E.g. when I try to install RVM, it complains that the 'ps' utility is missing. And indeed I was unable to locate 'ps' inside the image..