Docker Compose vs Terraform: 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, Terraform is detailed as "Describe your complete infrastructure as code and build resources across providers". With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
Docker Compose and Terraform are primarily classified as "Container" and "Infrastructure Build" tools respectively.
"Multi-container descriptor" is the top reason why over 111 developers like Docker Compose, while over 80 developers mention "Infrastructure as code" as the leading cause for choosing Terraform.
Docker Compose and Terraform are both open source tools. Terraform with 17.4K GitHub stars and 4.77K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Docker Compose with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.52K GitHub forks.
StackShare, hike, and Harvest are some of the popular companies that use Docker Compose, whereas Terraform is used by Instacart, Slack, and Twitch. Docker Compose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 787 company stacks & 608 developers stacks; compared to Terraform, which is listed in 490 company stacks and 298 developer stacks.
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