What are the best Portainer alternatives in 2021?

    Portainer is described as 'Lightweight, open-source management UI for docker hosts or swam clusters'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Portainer for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Rancher, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Portainer are Kubernetes (Free, Open Source), Cockpit Project (Free, Open Source), Lazydocker (Free, Open Source) and Yacht (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 14, 2021

    1. Rancher is an open source project that provides a complete platform for operating Docker in production. It provides infrastructure services such as multi-host networking, global and local load balancing, and volume snapshots.
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      Rancher vs Portainer opinions
      Some users think Rancher is a great alternative to Portainer, some don't.
      Rancher is a provisioning tool, not a UI
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      whiteadam Rancher is more of a provisioner
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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    2. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers.
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      Kubernetes vs Portainer opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Kubernetes is an orchestrator, not a web UI.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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    3. Makes it easy to administer Linux servers via a web browser. It allows you to easily perform simple tasks like storage administration, inspecting journals, starting & stopping services, monitoring & administering several servers at once.
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    4. Minor rant incoming: Something's not working? Maybe a service is down. docker-compose ps. Yep, it's that microservice that's still buggy. No issue, I'll just restart it: docker-compose restart. Okay now let's try again. Oh wait the issue is still there. Hmm.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      A web interface for managing docker containers with an emphasis on templating to provide 1 click deployments.Yacht is a flask based container management UI with a focus on templates and 1-click deployments. REWRITE: Yacht is currently being rewritten here:...
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      DockStation is a developer-centric application for managing projects based on Docker. Instead of lots of CLI commands you can monitor, configure, and manage services and containers while using just a GUI.

      Discontinued

      Doesn't appear to be maintained anymore

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    5. Building and maintaining community images We are a group of like minded enthusiasts from across the world who build and maintain the largest collection of Docker images on the web, and at our core are the principles behind Free and Open Source Softwa.
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      LinuxServer.io vs Portainer opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      LinuxServer.io provides images for containers and portainer is a dashboard to control the containers
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      A SaaS platform that makes running containerized applications on cloud infrastructure simple. Deploy your cloud and never worry about being up to date with the latest DevOps superpowers.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Rancher Desktop is an open-source desktop application for Mac, Windows and Linux. It provides Kubernetes and container management. You can choose the version of Kubernetes you want to run. You can build, push, pull, and run container images.
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    6. Overnode is a multi-host container orchestration tool with a focus on simplicity and predictability. Simple means: Learning the tool is a quick process. Typically, it takes about 15 minutes to go through the tutorial.
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