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Helm vs Rancher: What are the differences?

What is Helm? The Kubernetes Package Manager. Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.

What is Rancher? Open Source Platform for Running a Private Container Service. 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.

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

Helm and Rancher are both open source tools. It seems that Helm with 12.6K GitHub stars and 4.06K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Rancher with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.34K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Rancher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 89 company stacks & 35 developers stacks; compared to Helm, which is listed in 85 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

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Pros of Helm
Pros of Rancher
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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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    Easy to use
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    Open source and totally free
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    Multi-host docker-compose support
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    Load balancing and health check included
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    Simple
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    Rolling upgrades, green/blue upgrades feature
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    Dns and service discovery out-of-the-box
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    Only requires docker
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    Multitenant and permission management
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    Easy to use and feature rich
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    Cross cloud compatible
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    Does everything needed for a docker infrastructure
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    Simple and powerful
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    Next-gen platform
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    Very Docker-friendly
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    Support Kubernetes and Swarm
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    Application catalogs with stack templates (wizards)
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    Supports Apache Mesos, Docker Swarm, and Kubernetes
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    Rolling and blue/green upgrades deployments
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    High Availability service: keeps your app up 24/7
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    Easy to use service catalog
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    Very intuitive UI
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    IaaS-vendor independent, supports hybrid/multi-cloud
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    Awesome support
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    Scalable
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    Requires less infrastructure requirements

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Cons of Helm
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      Hosting Rancher can be complicated

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    What is Helm?

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

    What is 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Helm and Rancher?
    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.
    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
    Docker Compose
    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.
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