Using the Docker integration with Podman container runtime

Podman is a daemonless container engine for developing, managing, and running OCI Containers on your Linux System. Read more on

Podman is an alternative to Docker as it provides a Docker-compatible CLI interface and socket. This specificity allows you to use the Datadog Agent Docker integration with Podman containers.


  • Podman version >= 3.2.0
  • Podman configured to expose its communication socket.
  • Datadog Agent version >= 7.30.0

Agent deployment as a podman container

To deploy the Agent as a Podman container, the command to run is similar to the one used for Docker.

$ podman run -d --name dd-agent \
    -v /run/podman/podman.sock:/run/podman/podman.sock:ro \
    -v /proc/:/host/proc/:ro \
    -v /sys/fs/cgroup/:/host/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
    -e DD_API_KEY=<API_KEY> \
    -e DOCKER_HOST=unix:///run/podman/podman.sock \
    --privileged \

The two importants differences are:

  • -v /run/podman/podman.sock:/run/podman/podman.sock:ro to mount the Podman socket instead of the Docker socket.
  • -e DOCKER_HOST=unix:///run/podman/podman.sock to configure the Agent communication with the Podman socket.

Known limitations

  • Container logs aggregation is not supported.
  • The activation of the Podman socket can be optional depending on your setup. It may need to be enabled.