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Welcome to cri-dockerd

docker and kubernetes interact

cri-dockerd is an adapter that provides a shim for the Docker Engine that lets you control Docker via the Kubernetes Container Runtime Interface.

Mirantis and Docker have agreed to partner to maintain the shim code standalone outside Kubernetes, as a conformant CRI interface for the Docker Engine API. This means that you can continue to build Kubernetes based on the Docker Engine as before, just switching from the built in dockershim to the external one.

Mirantis and Docker intend to work together on making sure it continues to work as well as before and that it passes all the conformance tests and continues to work just like the built in version did. Mirantis will be using this in Mirantis Kubernetes Engine, and Docker will continue to ship this shim in Docker Desktop. For Mirantis customers, this means that Docker Engine’s commercially supported version, Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR), will be CRI compliant.

You can find more information about the context for this tool in Don’t Panic: Kubernetes and Docker and on the Mirantis blog.

Getting Started