FreeBSD Jails Alternatives

    FreeBSD Jails is described as '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' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are seven alternatives to FreeBSD Jails for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions and VMware Workstation. The best alternative is Docker, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like FreeBSD Jails are Vagrant (Free, Open Source), rkt (Free, Open Source), Singularity (Free, Open Source) and containerd (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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      Create and manage virtualized development environments. Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments.

    2. 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 The repository has been archived.

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    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.
    4. An industry-standard container runtime with an emphasis on simplicity, robustness and portability Containerd supports OCI images, is designed to work in concert with gRPC and comes with many container lifecycle management features.
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    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. A Minecraft Docker client! To visualize and run containers directly from a Minecraft environment.
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