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 8.4K GitHub stars and 1.3K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to boot2docker's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses boot2docker?

Companies
89 companies reportedly use boot2docker in their tech stacks, including Accenture, Typeform, and TransferWise.

Developers
181 developers on StackShare have stated that they use boot2docker.

boot2docker Integrations

Pros of boot2docker
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Lightweight
35
Use docker when it's not natively possible
11
Use it for fast demo without big image
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Easy to use
3
Containers

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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.
Photon
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Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Docker
The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
RancherOS
It makes it simple to run containers at scale in development, test and production. By containerizing system services and leveraging Docker for management, the operating system provides a very reliable and easy to manage containers.
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