How to add user permission to run Docker without sudo in Ubuntu

You have your docker running in Ubuntu 22.04 (or older versions). When your normal user tries to run docker, it is failing because of a permission issue. The standard error is very confusing, such as:

dev@codetryout:~/scripts$ docker ps
Got permission denied while trying to connect to the Docker daemon socket at unix:///var/run/docker.sock: Get "https://%2Fvar%2Frun%2Fdocker.sock/v1.24/containers/json": dial unix /var/run/docker.sock: connect: permission denied

[Solution] Add the user to docker group ubuntu 22.04

It is quick and straightforward. By following the below steps you can grant access to a normal user. There is no docker restart required. However, to provide this permission, you would require sudo.

Create a UNIX group – docker

sudo groupadd docker

Add the user to the group

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

Logout and login, then verify

The non-sudo user must log out to have the new privileges take effect.

dev@codetryout:~$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                   COMMAND                  CREATED       STATUS      ...
d7c17f12345   rundeck/rundeck:4.5.0   "/tini -- docker-lib…"   5 hours ago   Up 5 hours   ...

What is the take away?

In this guide, we have gone through the steps for Ubuntu operating system feature that allows the user to run docker without entering sudo every time. This makes it easy for the user to use docker for development and testing purposes, you have learnt how to run ubuntu docker commands without sudo.


If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.