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Docker Storage Driver

Docker provides us pluggable storage driver architecture. It gives us the flexibility to "plug in" the storage driver in our Docker. It is completely bases on the Linux filesystem.

To implement, we must set driver at the docker daemon start time. The Docker daemon can only run one storage driver and all containers created by that daemon instance use the same storage driver.

The following table contains the Docker storage driver.

Technology Storage driver name
OverlayFS overlay or overlay2
AUFS aufs
Btrfs btrfs
Device Mapper devicemapper
VFS vfs
ZFS zfs

Current Storage Driver

To check which storage driver is used by the daemon, we can use the following command.

Docker Storage driver 1

We can see that the above command shows the storage driver used by the daemon. The Backing Filesystem is extfs. The extfs means that the overlay storage driver is operating on the top of the filesystem.

The backing filesystem refers to the filesystem that was used to create the Docker host's local storage area under /var/lib/docker directory.

The following table contains storage drivers that must match the host?s backing filesystem.

Storage driver Commonly used on Disabled on
overlay ext4xfs btrfsaufsoverlayzfseCryptfs
overlay2 ext4xfs btrfsaufsoverlayzfseCryptfs
aufs ext4xfs btrfsaufseCryptfs
btrfs btrfsonly N/A
devicemapper Direct-lvm N/A
vfs debugging only N/A
zfs zfsonly N/A

Note:- "Disabled on" means some storage drivers can not run over certain backing filesystem.

Setting Storage Driver

We can set storage driver by setting its name to the dockerd command. The following command starts a daemon and set new driver.

Later on, we can check docker driver by the following command.


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