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Docker Compose vs minikube: 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, minikube is detailed as "Local Kubernetes engine". It implements a local Kubernetes cluster on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Its goal is to be the tool for local Kubernetes application development and to support all Kubernetes features that fit.

Docker Compose and minikube belong to "Container Tools" category of the tech stack.

Docker Compose and minikube are both open source tools. Docker Compose with 16.9K GitHub stars and 2.61K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than minikube with 15.2K GitHub stars and 2.39K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1082 company stacks & 3350 developers stacks; compared to minikube, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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 minikube?

It implements a local Kubernetes cluster on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Its goal is to be the tool for local Kubernetes application development and to support all Kubernetes features that fit.
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      What are some alternatives to Docker Compose and minikube?
      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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      Decisions about Docker Compose and minikube
      Sebastian Gębski
      Sebastian Gębski
      CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 6 upvotes · 111.9K views
      atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
      Docker
      Docker
      Docker Compose
      Docker Compose
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes
      Terraform
      Terraform
      Ansible
      Ansible
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EKS
      Amazon EKS
      Amazon S3
      Amazon S3
      Amazon RDS
      Amazon RDS

      Heroku was a decent choice to start a business, but at some point our platform was too big, too complex & too heterogenic, so Heroku started to be a constraint, not a benefit. First, we've started containerizing our apps with Docker to eliminate "works in my machine" syndrome & uniformize the environment setup. The first orchestration was composed with Docker Compose , but at some point it made sense to move it to Kubernetes. Fortunately, we've made a very good technical decision when starting our work with containers - all the container configuration & provisions HAD (since the beginning) to be done in code (Infrastructure as Code) - we've used Terraform & Ansible for that (correspondingly). This general trend of containerisation was accompanied by another, parallel & equally big project: migrating environments from Heroku to AWS: using Amazon EC2 , Amazon EKS, Amazon S3 & Amazon RDS.

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      Docker
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      Docker Compose
      Jenkins
      Jenkins
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
      Heroku
      Heroku
      FeathersJS
      FeathersJS
      Node.js
      Node.js
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      PostgreSQL
      PostgreSQL
      React
      React
      Redux
      Redux
      Semantic UI React
      Semantic UI React
      AVA
      AVA
      ESLint
      ESLint
      nginx
      nginx
      GitHub
      GitHub
      #Containerized
      #Containers
      #Backend
      #Stack
      #Frontend

      Recently I have been working on an open source stack to help people consolidate their personal health data in a single database so that AI and analytics apps can be run against it to find personalized treatments. We chose to go with a #containerized approach leveraging Docker #containers with a local development environment setup with Docker Compose and nginx for container routing. For the production environment we chose to pull code from GitHub and build/push images using Jenkins and using Kubernetes to deploy to Amazon EC2.

      We also implemented a dashboard app to handle user authentication/authorization, as well as a custom SSO server that runs on Heroku which allows experts to easily visit more than one instance without having to login repeatedly. The #Backend was implemented using my favorite #Stack which consists of FeathersJS on top of Node.js and ExpressJS with PostgreSQL as the main database. The #Frontend was implemented using React, Redux.js, Semantic UI React and the FeathersJS client. Though testing was light on this project, we chose to use AVA as well as ESLint to keep the codebase clean and consistent.

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      How developers use Docker Compose and minikube
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      Chris Saylor uses Docker ComposeDocker Compose

      Since our production deployment makes use of the Convox platform, we use this to describe the containers to be deployed via Convox to AWS ECS.

      We also use this for our local dev environment (previously used vagrant with chef).

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      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses Docker ComposeDocker Compose

      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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      sapslaj uses Docker ComposeDocker Compose

      Docker Compose is just another part of my "infrastructure as code" initiative and allows me to build isolated pieces of systems with their own volumes and networks.

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      Sathish N uses Docker ComposeDocker Compose

      Our application will consist of several containers each communicating with each other. Using docker-compose, we can orchestrate several containers at once.

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      Curabase uses Docker ComposeDocker Compose

      The core tech in ACS (Azure Container Services) we spin up a Kubernetes cluster and deploy our app into staging and production environments here.

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