Docker Compose vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?
What is 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.
What is Kubernetes? Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. 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 Compose and Kubernetes can be categorized as "Container" tools.
"Multi-container descriptor", "Fast development environment setup" and "Easy linking of containers" are the key factors why developers consider Docker Compose; whereas "Leading docker container management solution", "Simple and powerful" and "Open source" are the primary reasons why Kubernetes is favored.
Docker Compose and Kubernetes are both open source tools. It seems that Kubernetes with 55K GitHub stars and 19.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Docker Compose with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.56K GitHub forks.
Google, Slack, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Kubernetes, whereas Docker Compose is used by StackShare, CircleCI, and Docker. Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1046 company stacks & 1096 developers stacks; compared to Docker Compose, which is listed in 795 company stacks and 625 developer stacks.
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