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Alternatives to Watchtower

Portainer, Lighthouse, Kubernetes, Docker Compose, and Helm are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Watchtower.
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What is Watchtower and what are its top alternatives?

It is an application that will monitor your running Docker containers and watch for changes to the images that those containers were originally started from. If it detects that an image has changed, it will automatically restart the container using the new image.
Watchtower is a tool in the Container Tools category of a tech stack.
Watchtower is an open source tool with 10.8K GitHub stars and 616 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Watchtower's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Watchtower

  • Portainer
    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. ...

  • Lighthouse
    Lighthouse

    Collaborate effortlessly on projects. Whether you’re a team of 5 or studio of 50, Lighthouse will help you keep track of your project development with ease. We give you all the tools you need to organize your tickets – custom states, a powerful tagging system, an advanced search, saved searches (we call them ticket bins), and a mass editing tool. ...

  • Kubernetes
    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 Compose
    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. ...

  • Helm
    Helm

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

  • Spring Cloud
    Spring Cloud

    It provides tools for developers to quickly build some of the common patterns in distributed systems. ...

  • Rancher
    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. ...

  • Docker Swarm
    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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PROS OF PORTAINER
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    Great UI
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    Friendly
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    Easy to setup, gives a practical interface for Docker
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    Fully featured
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    Because it just works, super simple yet powerful
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    A must for Docker DevOps
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    Free and opensource
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    It's simple, fast and the support is great
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    Lighthouse

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          The right abstractions
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          Scale services
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          Replication controller
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          Permission managment
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          Simple
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          Supports autoscaling
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          Cheap
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          Self-healing
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          No cloud platform lock-in
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          Reliable
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          Open, powerful, stable
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          Scalable
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          Quick cloud setup
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        Distributed tracing is quickly becoming a must-have component in the tools that organizations use to monitor their complex, microservice-based architectures. At Uber, our open source distributed tracing system Jaeger saw large-scale internal adoption throughout 2016, integrated into hundreds of microservices and now recording thousands of traces every second.

        Here is the story of how we got here, from investigating off-the-shelf solutions like Zipkin, to why we switched from pull to push architecture, and how distributed tracing will continue to evolve:

        https://eng.uber.com/distributed-tracing/

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        Docker Compose

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          Fast development environment setup
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          Easy linking of containers
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          Simple yaml configuration
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          Easy setup
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          Yml or yaml format
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          Use Standard Docker API
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          Kubernetes integration
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          Scalable
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          Easy configuration
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        CONS OF DOCKER COMPOSE
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        • Visual Studio Code as IDE
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        • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
        • SonarQube as quality gate
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        • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
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        • Heroku for deploying in test environments
        • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
        • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
        • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
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        • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

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        • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
        • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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          Ido Shamun
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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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                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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                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
              CONS OF RANCHER
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                Hosting Rancher can be complicated

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              Docker Swarm

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              PROS OF DOCKER SWARM
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                Docker friendly
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                Easy to setup
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                Standard Docker API
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                Easy to use
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                Free
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                Clustering made easy
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                Simple usage
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                Integral part of docker
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                Cross Platform
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                Performance
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                Labels and annotations
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                Shallow learning curve
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                Easy Networking
              CONS OF DOCKER SWARM
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              Our first experience with .NET core was when we developed our OSS feature management platform - Tweek (https://github.com/soluto/tweek). We wanted to create a solution that is able to run anywhere (super important for OSS), has excellent performance characteristics and can fit in a multi-container architecture. We decided to implement our rule engine processor in F# , our main service was implemented in C# and other components were built using JavaScript / TypeScript and Go.

              Visual Studio Code worked really well for us as well, it worked well with all our polyglot services and the .Net core integration had great cross-platform developer experience (to be fair, F# was a bit trickier) - actually, each of our team members used a different OS (Ubuntu, macos, windows). Our production deployment ran for a time on Docker Swarm until we've decided to adopt Kubernetes with almost seamless migration process.

              After our positive experience of running .Net core workloads in containers and developing Tweek's .Net services on non-windows machines, C# had gained back some of its popularity (originally lost to Node.js), and other teams have been using it for developing microservices, k8s sidecars (like https://github.com/Soluto/airbag), cli tools, serverless functions and other projects...

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              Simon Reymann
              Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 29 upvotes · 4.2M views

              Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

              • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
              • Respectively Git as revision control system
              • SourceTree as Git GUI
              • Visual Studio Code as IDE
              • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
              • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
              • SonarQube as quality gate
              • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
              • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
              • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
              • Heroku for deploying in test environments
              • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
              • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
              • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
              • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
              • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

              The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

              • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
              • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
              • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
              • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
              • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
              • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
              See more