containerd Alternatives

    containerd is described as 'An industry-standard container runtime with an emphasis on simplicity, robustness and portability' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to containerd for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions and Python. The best alternative is Docker, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like containerd are Podman (Free, Open Source), LXC Linux Containers (Free, Open Source), Apache Mesos (Free, Open Source) and OpenVZ (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 20, 2019

    1. Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere.
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    2. podman is a daemonless container runtime for managing containers, pods, and container images. It is intended as a counterpart to CRI-O, to provide low-level debugging not available through the CRI interface used by Kubernetes.

    3. Containers which offer an environment as close as possible as the one you'd get from a VM but without the overhead that comes with running a separate kernel and simulating all the hardware.
    4. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
    5. OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict.

    6. rkt is the next-generation container manager for Linux clusters. Designed for security, simplicity, and composability within modern cluster architectures, rkt discovers, verifies, fetches, and executes application containers with pluggable isolation.


      According to their Github page at, the project has been discontinued. The repository has been archived.

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    7. Deis is an open source PaaS that leverages Docker, CoreOS and Heroku Buildpacks to provide a private application platform that is lightweight and flexible.
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    8. Singularity is a container solution with a focus on building reproducible software stacks and running them most efficiently on existing HPC, scientific, compute farm and even enterprise architectures.
    9. The FreeBSD jail mechanism is an implementation of operating system-level virtualization that allows system administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails.
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      Stakkr is a lightweight development environment that relies on docker to deploy and link containers of all types. It can be installed in 3 steps : docker, stakkr then configuration. The config file is very simple and multiple services are included.
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