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Helm vs k3s: What are the differences?

Helm: The Kubernetes Package Manager. Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes; k3s: Lightweight Kubernetes. 5 less than k8s (by Rancher Labs). Certified Kubernetes distribution designed for production workloads in unattended, resource-constrained, remote locations or inside IoT appliances. Supports something as small as a Raspberry Pi or as large as an AWS a1.4xlarge 32GiB server.

Helm and k3s can be primarily classified as "Container" tools.

Helm and k3s are both open source tools. Helm with 12.6K GitHub stars and 4.06K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than k3s with 7.81K GitHub stars and 483 GitHub forks.

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    Infrastructure as code
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    Open source
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    Easy setup
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    Testa­bil­i­ty and re­pro­ducibil­i­ty
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    Lightweight
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    Easy
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    Open Source
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    Scale Services
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    Replication Controller

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What is Helm?

Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.

What is k3s?

Certified Kubernetes distribution designed for production workloads in unattended, resource-constrained, remote locations or inside IoT appliances. Supports something as small as a Raspberry Pi or as large as an AWS a1.4xlarge 32GiB server.

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What are some alternatives to Helm and k3s?
Terraform
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.
Rancher
Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.
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.
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
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