I have recently installed Docker Desktop for Windows, version 20.10.10. It is running in Windows Container mode. I am running Windows 10 Pro Version 20H2.

I am going through the Sitecore XP 10.2.0 Developer Workstation Deployment With Docker as per this this guide. I have downloaded the Sitecore 10.2 Container Deployment Package.

I have chose the ltsc2019 version of Windows, and XP0 topology.

I have successfully run the composer-init.ps1 script.

However, when I run docker-compose.exe up --detach, once the downloads are complete I receive the following error:

[+] Running 11/11
 - Network sitecore-xp0_default                     Created                                                        0.5s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-mssql-1                   Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-solr-1                    Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-mssql-init-1              Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-solr-init-1               Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-id-1                      Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-xconnect-1                Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-xdbautomationworker-1     Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-xdbsearchworker-1         Created                                                        0.1s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-cortexprocessingworker-1  Created                                                        0.2s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-cm-1                      Created                                                        0.2s
 - Container sitecore-xp0-traefik-1                 Creating                                                       0.1s
Error response from daemon: Unrecognised volume spec: file '\\.\pipe\docker_engine' cannot be mapped. Only directories can be mapped on this platform

This seems to be related to this section of the docker-compose.yml:

  - source: \\.\pipe\docker_engine
    target: \\.\pipe\docker_engine
    type: npipe
  - ./traefik:C:/etc/traefik

As a result, I am unable to start all of the Sitecore Containers. I would appreciate some direction on how to resolve this. I haven't been able to find much information on this error.


  • Make sure your Docker is running in Windows mode.
    – Mark Cassidy
    Nov 19, 2021 at 7:37
  • 1
    Try changing source and target of volumes like this: source: '\\.\pipe\docker_engine\'. Add trailing slash and wrap with single quotes
    – Marek Musielak
    Nov 19, 2021 at 16:21
  • Thanks for your replies. @MarekMusielak I tried wrapping in single quotes, still had the same error. I've also tried from Powershell, console and bash in Administrator mode.
    – MickJ
    Nov 21, 2021 at 22:42
  • @MarkCassidy I am running in Windows mode.
    – MickJ
    Nov 21, 2021 at 22:46

3 Answers 3


You're running in Docker Compose V2 mode. Run the following command:

docker-compose disable-v2

Ref: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/68010612/error-response-from-daemon-unrecognised-volume-spec-file-pipe-docker-engi/70039471

  • That did the trick. Thank you!
    – MickJ
    Nov 22, 2021 at 5:41

After disabling the V2 mode docker-compose disable-v2 You might still get the same error, you run the following docker-compose command which will remove the cache and execute. which was helped for me!

docker-compose up -d --no-deps

I got the same error and the solutions for me was to add a \ to the end.


- source: \\.\pipe\docker_engine\
  target: \\.\pipe\docker_engine\      

instead of:

- source: \\.\pipe\docker_engine
  target: \\.\pipe\docker_engine

Hope this helps someone.

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