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Docker does not use AUFS storage driver








Set up the docker integration.


Do not use aufs as the storage driver for your Docker instance.


The aufs storage driver is the oldest storage driver used on Linux systems. It is based on a Linux kernel patch-set that is unlikely in future to be merged into the main OS kernel. The aufs driver is also known to cause some serious kernel crashes. aufs has only legacy support within systems using Docker. Most importantly, aufs is not a supported driver in many Linux distributions using latest Linux kernels.


Verify that aufs is not used as storage driver by running this command and ensuring aufs is not listed:

docker info --format 'Storage Driver: {{ .Driver }}' 


Do not explicitly use aufs as storage driver. For example, do not start Docker daemon with the --storage-driver aufs flag.


aufs is the only storage driver that allows containers to share executable and shared library memory. It might be useful if you are running thousands of containers with the same program or libraries. However, you should review its use with respect to your organization’s security policy.

Default value

By default, Docker uses devicemapper as the storage driver on most of the platforms. The default storage driver can vary based on your OS vendor. You should use the storage driver that is recommended by your preferred vendor and which is in line with policy around the applications which are being deployed.


  1. https://docs.docker.com/engine/userguide/storagedriver/selectadriver/#supported-backing-filesystems
  2. http://muehe.org/posts/switching-docker-from-aufs-to-devicemapper/
  3. http://jpetazzo.github.io/assets/2015-03-05-deep-dive-into-docker-storage-drivers.html#1
  4. https://docs.docker.com/engine/userguide/storagedriver/

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