Kitematic vs Rancher: What are the differences?
What is Kitematic? The easiest way to start using Docker on your Mac. Simple Docker App management for Mac OS X.
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.
Kitematic and Rancher 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, Rancher provides the following key features:
- Manage Hosts, Deploy Containers, Monitor Resources
- User Management & Collaboration
- Native Docker APIs & Tools
"I like it because it sucks" is the top reason why over 4 developers like Kitematic, while over 89 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Rancher.
Kitematic and Rancher are both open source tools. Rancher with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.34K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Kitematic with 10.5K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Rancher has a broader approval, being mentioned in 89 company stacks & 35 developers stacks; compared to Kitematic, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.
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- Consume too much unnecessary resource by just running rancher agent alone;
- Hard to recover from system failure
- Bad performance of load balancing (compare to dokcer swarm built-in LB or others).
The whole infrastructure is managed through Rancher. It provides a simple interface to all the underlying tools - Docker, HAProxy (automatically configures load balancer from the containers).
Currently looking to move to Swarm or Kubernetes due to a few issues I have with Rancher.
We use Rancher for container orchestration and automated deployment pipelines.