Even if you’re not taking advantage of the user interface that Docker provides with Docker Desktop and are simply using the CLI, you may still need a paid subscription to use Docker Desktop. Much of the value of Docker Desktop comes from making it easy to develop with containers locally on Windows and Mac. We announced https://www.docker.com/blog/updating-product-subscriptions/ back in August and as part of that change, Docker Desktop now requires a per-user paid subscription (Pro, Team, or Business) for professional use in larger companies (larger than 250 employees OR greater than $10 million in annual revenue). If you meet the criteria above for a large business, and you’ve installed Docker Desktop, you need a paid subscription that https://www.docker.com/pricing. Docker Desktop remains free for small businesses (fewer than 250 employees AND less than $10 million in annual revenue), personal use, education, and non-commercial open source projects.