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Docker Compose

Define and run multi-container applications with Docker
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What is Docker Compose?

With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.
Docker Compose is a tool in the Container Tools category of a tech stack.
Docker Compose is an open source tool with 22.8K GitHub stars and 3.8K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Docker Compose's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Docker Compose?

Companies
1624 companies reportedly use Docker Compose in their tech stacks, including Udemy, StackShare, and HENNGE K.K..

Developers
11263 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Docker Compose.

Docker Compose Integrations

Docker, CircleCI, Rancher, GoLand, and Codefresh are some of the popular tools that integrate with Docker Compose. Here's a list of all 17 tools that integrate with Docker Compose.
Pros of Docker Compose
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Multi-container descriptor
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Fast development environment setup
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Easy linking of containers
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Simple yaml configuration
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Easy setup
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Yml or yaml format
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Use Standard Docker API
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Open source
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Go from template to application in minutes
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Can choose Discovery Backend
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Kubernetes integration
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Easy configuration
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Scalable
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Quick and easy
Decisions about Docker Compose

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Docker Compose in their tech stack.

Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 1 upvote · 3K views

Aside from our Minecraft-infrastructure, we compose it with ... Docker Compose! (kinda obious, eh .. ?) This includes for example the web-services, aswell as the monitoring and mail-infrastructure.

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 2.6M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Docker Compose Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Docker Compose?
Kubernetes
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
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
Docker Swarm
Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.
Helm
Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
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