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Docker Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Docker for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is BitNami Application Stacks, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Docker and seven of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Docker are Singularity, Crane, Packer and Turbo.net Client.

Docker alternatives are mainly Virtualization Tools but may also be Web Servers or Operating Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Docker.
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    BitNami Application Stacks

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    BitNami Stacks make it incredibly easy to deploy your favorite open source software. BitNami Stacks include an open source application and all of the other software necessary to run it, such as Apache, MySQL, PHP or Ruby.

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    Singularity

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    Screenshot of singularity building an hello-world container
    Singularity vs Docker opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Singularity is a great alternative to Docker.
    lgibelli

    Lightweight, very easy to setup. Moving containers between servers is as easy as copying a file.

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    Crane

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows

    Crane is a container image tool that includes building local Docker images; connecting to DockerHub; listing local and remote container images; pushing local images to the DockerHub registry, and importing remote container images into an MLOps platform cluster.

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    Packer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris

    Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer is lightweight, runs on every major operating system, and is highly performant, creating machine images for multiple platforms in parallel.

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    Packer is NOT an alternative to Docker. it is an API abstraction layer for creating repeatable machine images, not for orchestrating containers

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    Packer is a system building and provisioning tool. While it can be used to create a virtual machine, it is not itself virtual machine implementation.

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    Turbo.net Client

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPad

    The Turbo.net Client allows you to package apps and their dependencies into a lightweight, isolated virtual environment called a "container." Containerized apps can be run on any machine that has the appropriate Turbo.

    Turbo.net homepage. Browse and access repositories of popular images, containers, and projects.
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    JohnDangerbrooks

    It is the only solution that runs an OS other than Linux.

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    DataCol

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Datacol is a control layer on top of cloud (AWS/GCP), to provide Heroku like experience with the power of Kubernetes under the hood.

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    Apache Mesos

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.

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    This alternative is disputed. Apache Mesos is still a legitimate alternative to Docker, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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