Docker vs Jenkins: What are the differences?
Developers describe Docker as "Enterprise Container Platform for High-Velocity Innovation". 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. On the other hand, Jenkins is detailed as "An extendable open source continuous integration server". In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
Docker and Jenkins are primarily classified as "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers" and "Continuous Integration" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Docker are:
- Integrated developer tools
- open, portable images
- shareable, reusable apps
On the other hand, Jenkins provides the following key features:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
"Rapid integration and build up", "Isolation" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider Docker; whereas "Hosted internally", "Free open source" and "Great to build, deploy or launch anything async" are the primary reasons why Jenkins is favored.
Docker and Jenkins are both open source tools. It seems that Docker with 53.8K GitHub stars and 15.5K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Jenkins with 13.2K GitHub stars and 5.43K GitHub forks.
Lyft, StackShare, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Docker, whereas Jenkins is used by Instacart, Lyft, and Twitch. Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3470 company stacks & 3322 developers stacks; compared to Jenkins, which is listed in 1753 company stacks and 1479 developer stacks.