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 Nanobox (Paid, Open Source), Singularity (Free, Open Source), Packer (Free, Open Source) and Client (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jul 8, 2021

    1. 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.
    2. Nanobox is the ideal platform for developers. Taking on the role of DevOps, so you don't have to, Nanobox does all your infrastructure creation, configuration, and management, so you're able to focus on code, not config.


      A WARNING announced from its website :
      Nanobox is reaching its end of life on March 31, 2021.
      After that time, you will be unable to access the Nanobox service.

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    3. 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.
      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      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 a system building and provisioning tool. While it can be used to create a virtual machine, it is not itself virtual machine implementation.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      Packer is NOT an alternative to Docker. it is an API abstraction layer for creating repeatable machine images, not for orchestrating containers
      Negative comment 21 days ago

    4. The 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.
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      JohnDangerbrooks It is the only solution that runs an OS other than Linux.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    5. Datacol is a control layer on top of cloud (AWS/GCP), to provide Heroku like experience with the power of Kubernetes under the hood.
    6. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
      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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