Docker Compose vs Docker Swarm: What are the differences?
Developers describe Docker Compose as "Define and run multi-container applications with Docker". 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. On the other hand, Docker Swarm is detailed as "Native clustering for Docker. Turn a pool of Docker hosts into a single, virtual host". 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.
Docker Compose and Docker Swarm can be categorized as "Container" tools.
"Multi-container descriptor" is the top reason why over 111 developers like Docker Compose, while over 44 developers mention "Docker friendly" as the leading cause for choosing Docker Swarm.
Docker Compose and Docker Swarm are both open source tools. It seems that Docker Compose with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.52K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Docker Swarm with 5.61K GitHub stars and 1.11K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 787 company stacks & 608 developers stacks; compared to Docker Swarm, which is listed in 80 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.
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