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Docker vs Portainer: 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 ‚ÄĒ from legacy to what comes next ‚ÄĒ and securely run them anywhere. On the other hand, Portainer is detailed as "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 and Portainer are primarily classified as "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers" and "Container" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Docker are:

  • Integrated developer tools
  • open, portable images
  • shareable, reusable apps

On the other hand, Portainer provides the following key features:

  • Docker management
  • Docker UI
  • Docker cluster management

"Rapid integration and build up" is the top reason why over 815 developers like Docker, while over 29 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Portainer.

Docker is an open source tool with 53.8K GitHub stars and 15.5K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker's open source repository on GitHub.

Lyft, StackShare, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Docker, whereas Portainer is used by Viadeo, Betaout, and Bluestem Brands. Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3471 company stacks & 3322 developers stacks; compared to Portainer, which is listed in 23 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.

Decisions about Docker and Portainer
Florian Sager
IT DevOp at Agitos GmbH · | 2 upvotes · 74.6K views

lxd/lxc and Docker aren't congruent so this comparison needs a more detailed look; but in short I can say: the lxd-integrated administration of storage including zfs with its snapshot capabilities as well as the system container (multi-process) approach of lxc vs. the limited single-process container approach of Docker is the main reason I chose lxd over Docker.

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