Install Docker Toolbox on a Mac via command line

I am trying to automate setting up a developer environment on Mac. Part of that setup is installing the Docker Toolbox. I cannot find any documentation on how do to this via command line. How can I automate this installation (must be triggered via command line)?

Update: As pointed out in a commend by Dennis

Docker for Mac now exists, which is an alternative to Docker Toolbox. You can get it via the homebrew cask: brew cask install docker


I found that Docker Toolbox is available via brew/cask

# Install Homebrew
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
# Install Cask
brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask
# Install docker toolbox
brew cask install docker-toolbox

Once Docker Toolbox is installed you can setup your docker environment using the Get started with Docker Machine guide.

# create the docker machine
docker-machine create --driver "virtualbox" myBoxName

# start the docker machine
docker-machine start myBoxName

# this command allows the docker commands to be used in the terminal
eval "$(docker-machine env myBoxName)"

# at this point can run any "docker" or "docker-compose" commands you want
docker-compose up

At the end of this process, add eval "$(docker-machine env myBoxName)" to your .bash_profile or you will get the following error when you open a new shell or terminal.

"Cannot connect to the Docker daemon. Is the docker daemon running on this host?"

If you start the docker container after opening the terminal, you can either run eval "$(docker-machine env myBoxName)" manually, or reload your bash profile (source ~/.bash_profile).

Docker Toolbox is a good option but currently it seems like Docker for Mac/Windows is becoming better and Docker is investing a lot of time polishing the app. I recommend installing Docker mainly for 2 reasons:

  1. It doesn't interfere with Docker-Toolbox
  2. It runs on HyperKit and therefor runs on you own localhost rather than a Docker Machine IP.

The installation is quite simple:

brew cask install docker

To install docker-toolbox you can refer the above post

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