Run Docker Quick Start shell in ConEmu

If you use Docker on Windows (either the native version or via Virtual Box), you probably aren’t too impressed with the Docker Quick Start shell. The good news is that you can create a task in the amazing ConEmu Windows terminal/shell wrapper utility.

  1. In ConEmu, open the Tasks settings window by either selecting Setup tasks… from the New Console menu (with the green + button) or using the <Win>+<Alt>+T keyboard shortcut.
  2. Add a new task by pressing the + button.
  3. Change the name of the task as desired (e.g., “Docker Quick Start”) and enter the following values.
    • Task parameters: /dir "C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox"
    • Commands: "C:\Program Files\Git\bin\bash.exe" --login -i "C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox\"

      Optionally, you can append -new_console:C:"C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox\docker-quickstart-terminal.ico" to the command to have ConEmu use the Docker Quick Start icon on the shell tab.

    These settings assume that you installed Docker to the default location (C:\Program Files\Docker Toolbox). Adjust as needed for your configuration. See screen shot below.

  4. Press Save settings to save your new shell configuration.
  5. Select the new configuration to launch Docker Quick Start in ConEmu.


Feel free to share any tips that you have for working with Docker and ConEmu in the comments. Thanks!