Packer Alternatives

    Packer is described as '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' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are four alternatives to Packer for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD and FreeBSD. The best alternative is Docker, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Packer are Vagrant (Free, Open Source), Crane (Free, Open Source) and Singularity (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 14, 2021

    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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • VirtualBox
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Fusion
      • FreeBSD
      Create and manage virtualized development environments. Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments.


    2. 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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    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.
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