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Docker Compose vs Portainer: 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 Portainer? Simple management UI for Docker. Portainer is an open-source lightweight management UI which allows you to easily manage your Docker environments Portainer is available on Windows, Linux and Mac. It has never been so easy to manage Docker !.

Docker Compose and Portainer can be categorized as "Container" tools.

"Multi-container descriptor" is the top reason why over 111 developers like Docker Compose, while over 29 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Portainer.

Docker Compose is an open source tool with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.56K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker Compose's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 795 company stacks & 625 developers stacks; compared to Portainer, which is listed in 23 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

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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 Portainer?

Portainer is an open-source lightweight management UI which allows you to easily manage your Docker environments. Portainer is available on Windows, Linux and Mac. It has never been so easy to manage Docker !
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    What are some alternatives to Docker Compose and Portainer?
    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 Portainer
    Portainer
    Portainer

    I use Portainer because it does so good with the UI that we don't have to train our whole team to be Linux bash heros. It provides deep details without leaving details behind you would think could only come from the command line. Portainer is a professional tool that gives us enterprise features we appreciate. ( Will be blogging about this in January. )

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    Portainer
    Portainer

    I use Portainer because we were all in on Docker Cloud, which gave 2 months notice that they were sunsetting their services. We knew we wanted to migrate to Docker Community Edition, but its lack of UI had us worried until we came across Portainer. Portainer had just release their agent feature, which was a critical feature for us. To date, Portainer has been an outstanding product and we couldn't be happier with it.

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    Portainer
    Portainer

    I use Portainer as a way to disseminate micro-service architectures in my institute and drive innovation forward. Portainer enables an easy to deploy, easy to build platform which decreases the learning curve for deploying containers and micro-services. I am particular interested in offering Portainer as a product in the Research space (i work in one of the bigguest Australian Universities).

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    Portainer
    Portainer

    I use Portainer because it's a great tool to avoid CLI in docker environment, all management in only one screen, awesome. So we can use our time in more important stuff like providing more and better services to our teams and endusers. The Builtin LDAP support and the internal teams helps a lot in diving Dev's in the Devops world. Long live to Portainer. (I work as DevOps in a Big Brazilian Public University )

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    Sebastian Gębski
    Sebastian Gębski
    CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 6 upvotes · 59K views
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    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
    Docker
    Docker Compose
    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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    Reviews of Docker Compose and Portainer
    Review ofPortainerPortainer

    Hey Team, As I used portainer and here I think some of functionality must be there like visualiser for monitoring.

    And Here I found a issue when we open the console then does not allow to exit the terminal using exit commands and scroller is not work in terminal...

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    Senior DevOps Engineer
    Review ofPortainerPortainer

    On the road to greatness. A worthy challenger soon to be

    How developers use Docker Compose and Portainer
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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.

    Avatar of sapslaj
    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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    Intrafind uses PortainerPortainer

    Gui for Docker including swarm-mode

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