Docker on ArchWSL
Problem: Running Docker on ArchWSL doesn't work by default. ArchWSL doesn't allow systemd services.
Update (June 2022): wsl-distrod is a better alternative to genie.
Problem: Running Docker on ArchWSL doesn’t work by default. ArchWSL doesn’t allow systemd services.
genie-systemd can be used to run systemd services like Docker. Note that Docker itself requires WSL2.
genie, or genie-systemd, is a workaround to run systemd services in WSL2. It can be installed by downloading the
.tar.zst package from the project’s GitHub releases page.
Here’s a guide on converting an WSL1 installation to WSL2.
I’ve found that genie works the best for my case. However, there are also other ways to get Docker and systemd working:
- ArchWSL2 is a fork of ArchWSL with support for systemd.
- The ArchWSL wiki has some resources in its Known issues page.
- systemdctl-alt is an alternate fork of systemd which will work with WSL1 and WSL2.