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(Semi) Official Debian base image.

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

For more information about this image and its history, please see the relevant manifest file (library/debian) in the docker-library/official-images 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:wheezy). Stable releases are also tagged with their version (ie, debian:wheezy is currently also the same as debian:7.4).

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 for everyone as possible, regardless of location.

$ docker run debian:wheezy cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb wheezy main
deb wheezy-updates main
deb wheezy/updates main

Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 1.6.0.

Support for older versions (down to 1.0) is provided on a best-effort basis.

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.

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.


1 month ago
profile picturedockerpro

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”

1 month, 3 weeks ago
profile pictureintoscience

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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago
profile picturemathieuruellan

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

3 months, 1 week ago
profile picturephilcryer

@yvnicolas - something like:

apt-get update; apt-get install procps -yy

– do whatever you need with ps here, then cleanup –

apt-get purge procps -yy && \
apt-get clean -y && apt-get autoclean -y && apt-get autoremove -y

exit, commit, push

4 months, 1 week ago
profile picturemalaheenee

I think that is more usable integrate sid & unstable, tenting & jessie. What for keep similar images as separate tags?

5 months, 1 week ago
profile picturebabramssge

@yvnicolas you need to install ps from package: procps

5 months, 1 week ago
profile pictureyvnicolas

Any hint or workaround on xorax question? I am having the same problem just trying to look at active processes inside a container, ps doesnot work : root@51afd6b09af8:/# ps bash: ps: command not found

5 months, 2 weeks ago
profile picturexorax

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..

5 months, 4 weeks ago
profile picturedfarrell07

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

6 months ago
profile pictureaveltens

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

6 months ago
profile picturenrodriguez

Hi there!

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

Thank you!

12 months ago
profile picturenodeguy

How frequently are these images updated?

1 year ago
profile picturedhrp

@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.

1 year, 1 month ago
profile pictureolberger

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

1 year, 1 month ago
profile pictureolberger

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

1 year, 2 months ago
profile picturejacksoncage

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

1 year, 2 months ago
profile picturerosstimson

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