Migrating from dockershim

This section presents information you need to know when migrating from dockershim to other container runtimes.

Since the announcement of dockershim deprecation in Kubernetes 1.20, there were questions on how this will affect various workloads and Kubernetes installations. Our Dockershim Removal FAQ is there to help you to understand the problem better.

Dockershim was removed from Kubernetes with the release of v1.24. If you use Docker Engine via dockershim as your container runtime and wish to upgrade to v1.24, it is recommended that you either migrate to another runtime or find an alternative means to obtain Docker Engine support. Check out the container runtimes section to know your options.

The version of Kubernetes with dockershim (1.23) is out of support and the v1.24 will run out of support soon. Make sure to report issues you encountered with the migration so the issues can be fixed in a timely manner and your cluster would be ready for dockershim removal. After v1.24 running out of support, you will need to contact your Kubernetes provider for support or upgrade multiple versions at a time if there are critical issues affecting your cluster.

Your cluster might have more than one kind of node, although this is not a common configuration.

These tasks will help you to migrate:

What's next

  • Check out container runtimes to understand your options for an alternative.
  • If you find a defect or other technical concern relating to migrating away from dockershim, you can report an issue to the Kubernetes project.
Last modified March 21, 2023 at 12:45 AM PST: updates for dockershim removal (4b5eb96147)