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Discussion on: How to run docker on Windows without Docker Desktop

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Furer Alexander

Thanks Nicolas. Have you managed to mount volumes from windows to docker image running in WSL2 ? Looks like windows folder has to be mounted first to WLS2 and then from WSL2 to the docker image ....

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Marek Kreśnicki

It's easy, by default (at least for me) wsl has mounted all drives in /mnt// for example /mnt/c/ for C: Drive and /mnt/d/ for D: drive
From there you can simply use these paths as youve mentioned

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Furer Alexander

yes, you are right... but.
Previously with Docker Desktop we could run docker with -v %cd%/someFolder:/whatever or -v ./someFolder:/whatever, now we have to provide full path , like -v /mnt/c/full/local/path/to/someFolder:/whatever , which is user specific and will not run on team mate's computer... Any thoughts how to overcome this ?

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Nicolas Louis Author

When windows folders are mounted and you launch a terminal to your WSL2 distro, you can navigate on your windows folders with commands like : wsl cd MyWindowsDirectory... wsl ls etc... without to be connected to a bash, just direcly from windows :)
When Dockerd is simply launched in your distro, you can run also "wsl docker ps" etc...