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What is boot2docker?

boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).
boot2docker is a tool in the Virtual Machine Management category of a tech stack.
boot2docker is an open source tool with 8.2K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to boot2docker's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses boot2docker?

90 companies reportedly use boot2docker in their tech stacks, including Typeform, Docker, and Edify.

157 developers on StackShare have stated that they use boot2docker.

boot2docker Integrations

Why developers like boot2docker?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use boot2docker

boot2docker's Features

  • Kernel 3.14.1 with AUFS, Docker 0.10.1, LXC 0.8.0
  • Container persistence via disk automount on /var/lib/docker
  • SSH keys persistence via disk automount

boot2docker Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to boot2docker?
Docker Machine
Machine lets you create Docker hosts on your computer, on cloud providers, and inside your own data center. It creates servers, installs Docker on them, then configures the Docker client to talk to them.
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Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Otto automatically builds development environments without any configuration; it can detect your project type and has built-in knowledge of industry-standard tools to setup a development environment that is ready to go. When you're ready to deploy, otto builds and manages an infrastructure, sets up servers, builds, and deploys the application.
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