Install Docker Desktop

MacOS does not ship with Docker by default. To get Docker installed, you will need "Docker Desktop", which is the official desktop tool developed by Docker.

Learn how to install Docker Desktop →

Download and install spin

Once Docker is installed, you are now ready to install spin. Run the installer with this simple command in your terminal. No root permissions required.

Install spin to your machine (no root permissions required)

bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

The above script will install spin at the user level in ~/.spin, using less than 300KB of storage.

Configuring your PATH variable

By default, Spin will ask if you want to add it to your PATH variable. You may need to "source" the file after your first installation.

Use the "source" command to apply your profile changes immediately

# If you're using ZSH
source ~/.zshrc

# If you're using Bash
source ~/.bash_profile

Add spin to your PATH

In order for your terminal to know where spin is located, we need to add this to your "PATH" for your shell. Depending on your shell, you will need to paste the following text at the BOTTOM of the appropriate file:

Configuring your PATH variable manually

If you did not add spin to your PATH during the installation, you can manually add it to your PATH by adding this to your shell profile:

Add spin to your path

# Add this to `~/.zshrc` or `~/.bash_profile`
export PATH="$HOME/.spin/bin:$PATH"

Validate it's working

You should be able to run this and get a result 🥳

Confirm spin is working correctly by getting the version

spin version