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TensorFlow on Windows 10 Using Docker Installation Method

TensorFlow on Windows 10 Using Docker Installation Method

I am taking an online course of Deep Learning now and it requires me to use TensorFlow. I spent a lot of time searching around, testing different things, and finally managed to run TensorFlow on my windows 10 laptop. So I think maybe I should write a post to remind myself, just in case I need to do it again in the future. And I hope this post can save someone else’s time too.

The overview section of Download and Setup page says there are four different ways to install TensorFlow:

  1. Pip install
  2. Virtualenv install
  3. Anaconda install
  4. Docker install

Since I have heard about docker for a while but never get a chance to use it, I think it is a great opportunity for me to learn how to use docker. So I chose the Docker install method here. It looks pretty simple, only three steps.


However, these three steps took me a whole morning…

First, I went to the Install Docker for Windows page and followed the instructions. I have no idea about whether the virtualization is enabled or not on my laptop, and my Task Manager looks different with the image shown on the instruction page.

Task Manager

I struggled with this and the BIOS for a while and found out that the virtualization IS enabled from the System Information (by runing msinfo32 command).


Next, I installed the Docker Toolbox since I am pretty sure I am use a 64-bit Windows. This process is very easy and straightforward. After installing Docker Toolbox, three more icons showed up on my desktop.

short cuts

I launched the Docker Toolbox terminal by double-clicking the Quickstart Terminal icon and made my very first docker command: “docker run hello-world“. So far so good.



So now I have finished the first step: “Install Docker on your machine“. But I had no idea how to do the second step: “Create a Docker group to allow launching containers without sudo“.  And the big lesson I learned here is that, this second step is NOT necessary, at least in my case. I skipped this step and went ahead to the third step: “Launch a Docker container with the TensorFlow image“.

I first tried “$ docker run it” and everything looked good from the terminal, which said “The Jupyter Notebook is running at http://[all ip addresses on your system]:8888/“. Wait, what are “all ip addresses”? I typed in “localhost:8888” in my Chrome browser address bar but the Jupyter Notebook did not load…

localhost not working

Once again, a post on stackoverflow is my life-saver. I followed the answer and everything worked out. First I ran the command “$ docker-machine ip default” and figured out the ip address should be Then I started the TensorFlow docker container again by using command “$ docker run -it -p 8888:8888“. Now the Jupyter Notebook is working at


I opened the first notebook and made a test run on the first cell. It worked!

This is how I installed TensorFlow on my laptop via Docker. I hope it is useful to you. Feel free to leave your comments or questions below!