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I want to install Docker in an older stable version: 17.03.2.

I am on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and have added the docker community repository:

$ apt-cache madison docker-ce
 docker-ce | 18.06.0~ce~3-0~ubuntu | https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu bionic/stable amd64 Packages
 docker-ce | 18.03.1~ce~3-0~ubuntu | https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu bionic/stable amd64 Packages

So there are only those two packages in the ubuntu dir. looking closely I compared the debian repository against the new ubuntu and old ubuntu repository.

I guess, I would have to compile docker myself. Estimating the effort, I think about switching to debian or an older ubuntu instead. Maybe install the debian package in ubuntu? Or is there a compile bot (using docker, k8 etc) for docker-ce that can easily build a release file?

What is the right way to install docker 17.03.2?

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If you explore the download directories in docker.io you won't find a 17.03 compiled for Bionic, so there is no guarantee that 17.03 will work with Bionic...

You can however find a .deb for Xenial, so installing it in a VirtualBox running Xenial would be easy.

This said, why would you want a specific Docker version? Where I work there is a mix of Docker versions (from 12 to 18) (as well as several versions of the docker registry), and so far we haven't uncovered compatibility problems.

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