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Setting up Compose

Podman Desktop can install the Compose engine.


  1. Install the Compose engine: in the Podman Desktop status bar, click Compose, and follow the prompts.
  2. To use the Compose engine from your terminal, set the DOCKER_HOST variable.


  1. Open a terminal.

  2. The Compose reference implementation is in your PATH, therefore, you can display the Compose engine version:

    $ docker-compose version
  3. The DOCKER_HOST variable is set:

    $ env | grep DOCKER_HOST

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