Docker Alternatives for Windows

Docker makes deploying your entire development environment easier and portable than many other container software. Many developers swear by Docker's ease of use when compared to other container software. Docker is capable of virtualization, as are many of its alternatives.

Docker is available for all major operating systems, though there are alternatives to Docker with self-hosting options, as well as on systems running FreeBSD.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 4/3/2018 3:54:00 PM

Alternatives to Docker for Windows with any license

  • Singularity Container

    Singularity creates a virtual environment for applications without the performance penalties associated with virtual machines. Best of both worlds: it simplifies the deployment of applications across different clusters and supercomputers by avoiding the laborious process of rehosting those applications for each distinct environment, without requiring a virtualized hardware layer..

    • Lightweight, very easy to setup. Moving containers between servers is as easy as copying a file. lgibelliApr 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Nanobox

    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. Create consistent, isolated, development environments that are easily shareable with anyone, and can be deployed to any host (AWS, Digital Ocean, Azure, Google, etc.). Easily manage production applications with the Nanobox dashboard.

    Commercial Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

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  • WinDocks

    Develop and run .NET and SQL Server applications on Windows Server 2012 using Docker commands and Web UI. WinDocks includes support for .NET, all editions of SQL Server 2008, 2012, and 2014, and 2016. Running SQL Server in containers opens up new support for agile and DevOps processes, with the ability to provision a complex containerized application in seconds, and support a dev or test team with separate containers on a shared VM. New in Windocks 2.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Spoonium

    Spoonium allows you to package applications and their dependencies into a lightweight, isolated virtual environment called a "container." Containerized ("Spooned") applications can then be run on any Windows machine that has Spoonium installed, no matter the underlying infrastructure. This eliminates installs, conflicts, breaks, and missing dependencies. Spoonium is 100% free for public projects.

    Free Windows

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  • Stakkr

    A recompose tool that uses docker compose to easily create / maintain a stack of services, for example for web development. Via a configuration file you can setup the required services and let stakkr link and start everything for you. A good and simple alternative to Vagrant !

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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