Docker Known Issues and Restrictions

You should be aware of the following limitations when using Visual COBOL with Docker:


  • You must be using Visual Studio 2017 or later to be able to debug a managed COBOL application running in a container.


  • Java is supported from version 8 update 162 onwards.
  • It is not possible to containerize COBOL applications using lightweight operating systems such as CoreOS Container Linux, SUSE MicroOS and Alpine Linux.
  • It is not possible to run COBOL applications in containers on Linux on PowerPC or S/390 chipsets.

Operating Systems

Visual COBOL is supported for use with Docker on the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 or later

Use with Micro Focus Products

  • There is no support for building or managing Docker images from the Visual COBOL IDE.