How to Install Docker Buildx: A Step-by-Step Guide

Kacper Bąk
2 min readJun 1, 2024


Docker Buildx is a powerful plugin that extends Docker’s native build capabilities with advanced features like multi-platform builds, cache management, and custom builder endpoints. If you want to leverage these features, you must install Docker Buildx. This guide will walk you through the installation process, ensuring you get the most out of this tool.

Why Use Docker Buildx?

Docker Buildx offers several advantages over the traditional Docker build command:

  • Multi-platform builds: Build images for multiple architectures (e.g., x86, ARM) from a single Dockerfile.
  • Advanced cache management: Speed up builds with better caching mechanisms.
  • Custom builder endpoints: Use different builder instances for various projects.


Before installing Docker Buildx, ensure you have Docker installed on your system. You can verify this by running:

docker --version

If Docker is not installed, download it from the official website.

Installing Docker Buildx

Follow these steps to install Docker Buildx on your system:

1. Enable Experimental Features

Docker Buildx requires Docker’s experimental features to be enabled. Add the…