Docker vs Vagrant: What are the differences?
What is Docker? 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.
What is Vagrant? A tool for building and distributing development environments. Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Docker and Vagrant are primarily classified as "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers" and "Virtual Machine Management" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Docker are:
- Integrated developer tools
- open, portable images
- shareable, reusable apps
On the other hand, Vagrant provides the following key features:
- Up And SSH
- Synced Folders
"Rapid integration and build up", "Isolation" and "Open source" are the key factors why developers consider Docker; whereas "Development environments", "Simple bootstraping" and "Free" are the primary reasons why Vagrant is favored.
Docker and Vagrant are both open source tools. Docker with 54K GitHub stars and 15.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Vagrant with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.74K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Docker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3524 company stacks & 3443 developers stacks; compared to Vagrant, which is listed in 802 company stacks and 478 developer stacks.
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