I added the docker snap package to my Ubuntu 16.04 machine

sudo snap install docker

Now, when I try to use it, I get the following error...

Cannot connect to the Docker daemon. Is the docker daemon running on this host?


Due to confinement issues in the evolving snappy model, Docker is not full flavored by default (see the discussion on the Snapcraft forum).

To get some helpful instructions on how to work around (i.e. break) the confinement model until the proper fix is in place. You can simply check the Docker help application packaged in the snap.

$ docker.help
Docker snap: Docker Linux container runtime.

Due to the confinement issues on snappy, it requires some manual setup to make docker-snap works on your machine.
We'll take you through the steps needed to set up docker snap work for you on ubuntu core and ubuntu classic.

On Ubuntu classic, before installing the docker snap, 
please run the following command to add the login user into docker group.
    sudo addgroup --system docker
    sudo adduser $USER docker
    newgrp docker

On Ubuntu Core 16, after installing the docker snap from store,
Firstly, you need to connect the two interfaces as they're not auto-connected by default.
    sudo snap connect docker:account-control :account-control
    sudo snap connect docker:home :home

Secondly, reload the snap and allows the user to login to the new group "docker-snap".
    snap disable docker
    snap enable  docker
    newgrp docker-snap

Then have fun with docker in snappy.

The last command fails...

$ newgrp docker-snap
newgrp: group 'docker-snap' does not exist

However, I did not notice any negative impact based on the failure, and Docker now functions as I would expect.

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Use snap start docker to activate the service. It might need root permissions.

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  • didn't help: Cannot connect to the Docker daemon – maslick Nov 19 '19 at 9:27

I got this working by running:

sudo snap start docker

then running sudo on subsequent docker commands:

sudo docker-compose up --build

Without the sudo on the subsequent docker commands, the Cannot connect to the Docker daemon error persists.

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  • Unless there's another issue here, if you create a group called docker and add your account to it, docker will use that group for its socket so you can use it without sudo. groupadd docker && usermod -a -G docker username && reboot. – Chris Watts Jul 10 at 11:21

If ...

sudo snap start docker

... does not help, try to remove and reinstall docker

sudo snap remove docker --purge

this also will delete images, containers and stuff docker has created

sudo snap install docker
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