k3s vs Portainer: What are the differences?
Developers describe k3s as "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. 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 !.
k3s and Portainer can be primarily classified as "Container" tools.
Some of the features offered by k3s are:
- ARM64 and ARMv7 support
- Simplified installation
- SQLite3 support
On the other hand, Portainer provides the following key features:
- Docker management
- Docker UI
- Docker cluster management
k3s is an open source tool with 7.81K GitHub stars and 483 GitHub forks. Here's a link to k3s's open source repository on GitHub.