Windows Dev Notes


David Chen wrote this up for use on his Windows box. Your situation may be different, but hopefully this is useful to you.

Notes for Windows users

Install Bash:

After installing Bash and setting up your user:

apt-get install make

These instructions may help you get docker working with Bash for Windows:

Further instructions for Windows users (updated July 5, 2017)

Note: These instructions were tested for Docker version 17.05.0-ce, build 89658be and docker-compose version 1.14.0, build c7bdf9e.

  1. Install Bash for Windows using the instructions above
  2. Install Docker CE for Windows and run it:
  3. Right-click on Docker in your system tray, and click on Settings.
  4. In the General tab, check Expose daemon on tcp://localhost:2375 without TLS.
  5. In the Shared Drives tab, check on the local drive (usually drive C) and click Apply. If the settings are not saved after clicking apply, see below. Else, continue.
    • If your drive simply refuses to be checked, it may have to do with the sharing permissions allowed on your account (this seems to be the problem for Microsoft Azure AD accounts).
    • A workaround:
      • Windows Menu > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users
      • On the top menu, click Actions > New User…. Set both username and password to “docker” (or whatever you’d like)
      • Uncheck User must change password at next logon and check Password never expires
      • Switch to this new account and try to access your main files in C:/Users/your-username, which will prompt you to authenticate with your username and password
      • Once authenticated, switch back to your main account (do not log out of the docker account) and try the step above but using the credentials of the new account (see image below):
      • If issue persists, check the Docker logs by clicking on the Diagnose and Feedback tab and selecting log file, or open an issue here on Github
  6. Open a Windows command line and run bash - you should now be in a Bash shell
  7. Elevate permission to install the newest version of Docker by running sudo chown -R {$USERNAME} /usr/local/bin and replace {$USERNAME} with your username
  8. Install Docker 17.05.0 using curl -fsSLO && tar --strip-components=1 -xvzf docker-17.05.0-ce.tgz -C /usr/local/bin
  9. Install docker-compose using sudo apt install docker-compose
  10. Run docker --version to check your version is >= 17.05.0 after the above installation
  11. If not already in the Desktop directory, cd /mnt/{$DRIVE-LETTER}/Users/{$USERNAME}/Desktop/. For example, mine was /mnt/c/Users/DavidChen/Desktop/
  12. git clone
  13. cd bel_api/
  14. cp api/Config.yml.sample api/Config.yml and edit Config.yml if necessary.
  15. docker-compose start
  16. The services should now be up and ready.
  17. Run docker-compose logs -f to view logs. Run docker-compose stop to stop all services.