Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Time: 20 minutes


In this section, you’ll learn how to get up and running with a stand-alone Anchore Engine installation for trial, demonstration and review with Docker Compose.


The following instructions assume you are using a system running Docker v1.12 or higher, and a version of Docker Compose that supports at least v2 of the docker-compose configuration format. This is provided by the Katacoda environment.

  • A stand-alone installation will requires at least 4GB of RAM, and enough disk space available to support the largest container images you intend to analyze (we recommend 3x largest container image size). For small images/testing (basic Linux distro images, database images, etc), between 5GB and 10GB of disk space should be sufficient.

Next Steps

This scenario is intended to serve as a quickstart guide. Before moving further with Anchore to explore the scanning, policy evaluation, image content reporting, CI/CD integrations and other capabilities, it is highly recommended that you enhance your learning by reading the Overview sections to gain a deeper understanding of fundamentals, concepts, and proper usage.

Now that you have Anchore Engine running, you can begin to learning more about Anchore Architecture, Anchore Concepts and Anchore Usage.

  • To learn more about Anchore Engine, go to Overview
  • To learn more about Anchore Concepts, go to Concepts
  • To learn more about using Anchore Usage, go to Usage

Anchore Engine Quickstart

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Step 1

Download the docker-compose.yaml file and start.

curl -O https://docs.anchore.com/current/docs/engine/quickstart/docker-compose.yaml docker-compose up -d