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Is overlay2 supported for use with docker container runtime on SLES?

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)


Is the use of overlay2 with docker container run-time, supported on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server?


The overlay2 driver is supported for Docker EE and recommended for Docker CE for the listed environments.

The following backing filesystems are supported:  Btrfs, xfs and ext4. 


Additional Information

OverlayFS is a modern union filesystem that is similar to AUFS.

In order to check the support status of a module (overlayfs is a loadable kernel module), search for the word 'supported' in the output of the modinfo command and check if it is followed by a 'yes' (supported) or 'no' (not supported) :-

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naxos root (1)  # modinfo overlay
filename:       /lib/modules/4.4.120-94.17-default/kernel/fs/overlayfs/overlay.ko
alias:          fs-overlayfs
alias:          fs-overlay
license:        GPL
description:    Overlay filesystem
author:         Miklos Szeredi <>
srcversion:     65608194BEED319AF076ACC
supported:      yes
retpoline:      Y
intree:         Y
vermagic:       4.4.120-94.17-default SMP mod_unload modversions 
signer:         SUSE Linux Enterprise Secure Boot Signkey
sig_key:        3F:B0:77:B6:CE:BC:6F:F2:52:2E:1C:14:8C:57:C7:77:C7:88:E3:E7
sig_hashalgo:   sha256

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As regards the support of SLES12 content, the general statement is: "We support what we ship"

Any exceptions to this statement should be marked in the Release Notes of SLES.


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  • Document ID:7022824
  • Creation Date: 06-Apr-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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