Docker-OSX VS lima

Compare Docker-OSX vs lima and see what are their differences.


Run macOS VM in a Docker! Run near native OSX-KVM in Docker! X11 Forwarding! CI/CD for OS X Security Research! Docker mac Containers. (by sickcodes)


Linux virtual machines, typically on macOS, for running containerd (by lima-vm)
Our great sponsors
  • InfluxDB - Access the most powerful time series database as a service
  • SonarQube - Static code analysis for 29 languages.
  • SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews
Docker-OSX lima
109 83
29,441 10,948
- 3.8%
5.0 9.3
about 2 months ago 7 days ago
Shell Go
GNU General Public License v3.0 only Apache License 2.0
The number of mentions indicates the total number of mentions that we've tracked plus the number of user suggested alternatives.
Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
Activity is a relative number indicating how actively a project is being developed. Recent commits have higher weight than older ones.
For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Docker-OSX. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-22.


Posts with mentions or reviews of lima. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-11.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Docker-OSX and lima you can also consider the following projects:

colima - Container runtimes on macOS (and Linux) with minimal setup

podman - Podman: A tool for managing OCI containers and pods.

multipass - Multipass orchestrates virtual Ubuntu instances

minikube - Run Kubernetes locally

nerdctl - contaiNERD CTL - Docker-compatible CLI for containerd, with support for Compose, Rootless, eStargz, OCIcrypt, IPFS, ...

UTM - Virtual machines for iOS and macOS

macOS-Simple-KVM - Tools to set up a quick macOS VM in QEMU, accelerated by KVM.

rancher - Complete container management platform

podman-desktop - launch and setup vms for podman

kind - Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes

HomeBrew - 🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

k3d - Little helper to run CNCF's k3s in Docker