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Docker Compose vs Helm: What are the differences?

Docker Compose: 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; Helm: The Kubernetes Package Manager. Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.

Docker Compose and Helm can be primarily classified as "Container" tools.

Docker Compose and Helm are both open source tools. It seems that Docker Compose with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.56K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Helm with 12.6K GitHub stars and 4.06K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 795 company stacks & 625 developers stacks; compared to Helm, which is listed in 85 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

Decisions about Docker Compose and Helm
Michael Roberts

We develop rapidly with docker-compose orchestrated services, however, for production - we utilise the very best ideas that Kubernetes has to offer: SCALE! We can scale when needed, setting a maximum and minimum level of nodes for each application layer - scaling only when the load balancer needs it. This allowed us to reduce our devops costs by 40% whilst also maintaining an SLA of 99.87%.

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Pros of Docker Compose
Pros of Helm
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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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    Scalable
  • 3
    Easy configuration
  • 2
    Quick and easy
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    Infrastructure as code
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    Open source
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    Easy setup
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Cons of Docker Compose
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    Tied to single machine
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    Still very volatile, changing syntax often
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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.

    What is Helm?

    Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.

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    Jobs that mention Docker Compose and Helm as a desired skillset
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    What are some alternatives to Docker Compose and Helm?
    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.
    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.
    Portainer
    It is a universal container management tool. It works with Kubernetes, Docker, Docker Swarm and Azure ACI. It allows you to manage containers without needing to know platform-specific code.
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