The community maintains a docker image, which can be found
For our image
manimcommunity/manim, there are the following tags:
latest: the most recent version corresponding to the main branch,
stable: the latest released version (according to the releases page),
vX.Y.Z: any particular released version (according to the releases page).
When using Manim’s CLI within a Docker container, some flags like
-p (preview file) and
-f (show output file in the file browser)
are not supported.
Basic usage of the Docker container#
Assuming that you can access the docker installation on your system
from a terminal (bash / PowerShell) via
docker, you can
render a scene
CircleToSquare in a file test_scenes.py
with the following command.
docker run --rm -it -v "/full/path/to/your/directory:/manim" manimcommunity/manim manim -qm test_scenes.py CircleToSquare
For Linux users there might be permission problems when letting the
user in the container write to the mounted volume.
--user="$(id -u):$(id -g)" to the
docker CLI arguments
to prevent the creation of output files not belonging to your user.
Instead of using the “throwaway container” approach outlined above, you can also create a named container that you can modify to your liking. First, run
docker run -it --name my-manim-container -v "/full/path/to/your/directory:/manim" manimcommunity/manim /bin/bash
to obtain an interactive shell inside your container allowing you
to, e.g., install further dependencies (like texlive packages using
tlmgr). Exit the container as soon as you are satisfied. Then,
before using it, start the container by running
docker start my-manim-container
which starts the container in the background. Then, to render
CircleToSquare in a file
docker exec -it my-manim-container manim -qm test_scenes.py CircleToSquare
Running JupyterLab via Docker#
Another alternative to using the Docker image is to spin up a local JupyterLab instance. To do that, simply run
docker run -it -p 8888:8888 manimcommunity/manim jupyter lab --ip=0.0.0.0
and then follow the instructions in the terminal.