Installation using Docker

One way to install the IDAES PSE Framework is by using the pre-built Docker image.

A Docker image is essentially an embedded instance of Linux (even if you are using Windows or Mac OSX) that has all the code for the IDAES PSE framework pre-installed. You can run commands and Jupyter Notebooks in that image. This section describes how to set up your system, get the Docker image, and interact with it.

Install Docker on your system

  1. Install the community edition (CE) of Docker (website:

  2. Start the Docker daemon. How to do this will depend on your operating system.

    OS X

    You should install Docker Desktop for Mac. Docker should have been installed to your Applications directory. Browse to it and click on it from there. You will see a small icon in your toolbar that indicates that the daemon is running.


    Install Docker using the package manager for your OS. Then start the daemon. If you are using Ubuntu or a Debian-based Linux distro, the Docker daemon will start automatically once Docker is installed. For CentOS, start Docker manually, e.g., run sudo systemctl start docker.


    You should install Docker Desktop for Windows. Docker will be started automatically.

Get the IDAES Docker image

You need to get the ready made Docker image containing the source code and solvers for the IDAES PSE framework. This image is available for download from DockerHub (an online portal where Docker images are stored). Images on DockerHub are versioned according to the release version. See the Releases_ page on GitHub for information about what is different about each version.

If you want the latest version, simply use the tag “latest” as the version number. Thus, running the following in a terminal will download the latest version:

docker pull idaes/jupyterhub:latest

-.. _Releases:

Run the IDAES Docker image

To start the Docker image, use a graphical user interface or a console or shell command-line interface.

From the command-line, if you want to start up the Jupyter Notebook server, e.g. to view and run the examples and tutorials, then run this command:

$ docker run -p 8888:8888 -it idaes/jupyterhub
... <debugging output from Jupyter>
Copy/paste this URL into your browser when you connect for the first time,
to login with a token:
    http://(305491ce063a or

Copy and paste the URL provided at the end of the output into a browser window and you should get a working Jupyter Notebook. You can browse to the examples directory under /home/idaes/examples and click on the Jupyter Notebooks to open them.

To interact with the image directly from the command-line (console), you can run the following command:

$ docker run -p 8888:8888 -it idaes/jupyterhub /bin/bash
jovyan@10c11ca29008:~$ cd /home/idaes