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Kitematic vs Portainer: What are the differences?

Developers describe Kitematic as "The easiest way to start using Docker on your Mac". Simple Docker App management for Mac OS X. 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 !.

Kitematic and Portainer belong to "Container Tools" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Kitematic are:

  • Mac App with GUI for Docker
  • Create images from any folder with a Dockerfile in it
  • Configure environment variables

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

  • Docker management
  • Docker UI
  • Docker cluster management

"I like it because it sucks" is the top reason why over 4 developers like Kitematic, while over 29 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Portainer.

Kitematic is an open source tool with 10.5K GitHub stars and 1.25K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kitematic's open source repository on GitHub.

Viadeo, Betaout, and Bluestem Brands are some of the popular companies that use Portainer, whereas Kitematic is used by Docker, Car Throttle, and Athento. Portainer has a broader approval, being mentioned in 23 company stacks & 17 developers stacks; compared to Kitematic, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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Pros of Kitematic
Pros of Portainer
  • 8
    I like it because it sucks
  • 3
    No command line, Docker in one app, gui, easy to set up
  • 2
    Good for first timer
  • 1
    Easy to get started
  • 35
  • 26
    Great UI
  • 19
  • 12
    Easy to setup, gives a practical interface for Docker
  • 11
    Because it just works, super simple yet powerful
  • 11
    Fully featured
  • 9
    A must for Docker DevOps
  • 7
    Free and opensource
  • 5
    It's simple, fast and the support is great
  • 5
  • 4
    Template Support

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What is Kitematic?

Simple Docker App management for Mac OS X

What is Portainer?

It is a universal container management tool. It works with Kubernetes, Docker, Docker Swarm and Azure ACI. It allows you to manage containers without needing to know platform-specific code.

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What are some alternatives to Kitematic and Portainer?
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.
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.
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.
Docker Swarm
Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.
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