Docker Compose VS Portainer

Compare Docker Compose vs Portainer and see what are their differences.

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Docker Compose Portainer
141 124
24,650 20,629
1.7% 1.8%
9.6 9.7
8 days ago 6 days ago
Go JavaScript
Apache License 2.0 zlib License
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Docker Compose

Posts with mentions or reviews of Docker Compose. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-15.
  • Docker & Docker-compose installation with ansible playbook doesn't work
    2 projects | | 15 Jan 2022
    docker_required_packages: - "apt-transport-https" - "ca-certificates" - "curl" - "gnupg-agent" - "software-properties-common" - "python3-pip" - "python3-setuptools" docker_gpg_url: docker_repo: deb focal stable docker_packges: - "docker-ce" - "docker-ce-cli" - "" docker_compose_url: ```
  • containerize redwood sides with docker compose
    5 projects | | 14 Jan 2022
    Docker Compose is a tool for defining and running multi-container Docker applications. With Compose, you use a YAML file to configure your application’s services. You can create and start all your services with a single command.
  • Docker, Postgres, Node, Typescript Setup
    3 projects | | 9 Jan 2022
    When creating applications that use multiple containers, it is best to use Docker Compose to configure them.
  • Question about software compiled for different architectures
    2 projects | | 5 Jan 2022
    Well, it isn't Pi-Hole exactly, it's docker-compose that I'm looking at.
  • Dockers?
    1 project | | 5 Jan 2022
    It's worth checking out docker-compose as it allows to keep the configuration of containers in a file. Often, projects already provide a compose file helping with an super easy and convenient setup.
  • Best way to create a global environment variable?
    1 project | | 3 Jan 2022
    I'm not quite sure if I'm using the correct terminology by calling it a "global environment variable," but what I'm trying to do is to get docker-compose working on my Raspberry Pi4. However, the releases don't have a precompiled linux version for ARMv8. Therefore, I figured that I would try compiling it from source. Here's what I've done so far: $ wget` $ tar -xf v2.2.2.tar.gz $ cd compose-2.2.2 $ ./configure $ sudo ln -s /home//docker/compose-2.2.2/bin/docker-compose /usr/bin/docker-container I now have a file called docker-container which I can run with ./docker-container. However, it's only executable when I'm already in /usr/bin/ and I'd like to be able to run it anywhere.
  • Ruby on Rails Development using Docker
    2 projects | | 31 Dec 2021
  • How to setup your own mining node using Ubuntu 20.04.3
    3 projects | | 28 Dec 2021
    $ curl -SL -o ~/.docker/cli-plugins/docker-compose
  • Help setup a server
    1 project | | 23 Dec 2021
    Docker is a platform which allows applications to be packaged into containers. Containers are isolated from each other. They also usually include the necessary libraries and configuration files to run an application. For example, there is an rTorrent/ruTorrent docker container which includes a preconfigured rTorrent instance and web server (such as nginx/apache) for accessing ruTorrent. All packaged into one container for easy deployment and configuration through the docker command line interface or docker compose.
  • Docker for Javascript Developers
    8 projects | | 22 Dec 2021
    For a brief intro to compose see here, and for more details than you can ever handle about the compose file spec see here.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Portainer. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-16.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Docker Compose and Portainer you can also consider the following projects:

Yacht - A web interface for managing docker containers with an emphasis on templating to provide 1 click deployments. Think of it like a decentralized app store for servers that anyone can make packages for.

swarmpit - Lightweight mobile-friendly Docker Swarm management UI

OpenMediaVault - openmediavault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Thanks to the modular design of the framework it can be enhanced via plugins. OpenMediaVault is primarily designed to be used in home environments or small home offices, but is not limited to those scenarios. It is a simple and easy to use out-of-the-box solution that will allow everyone to install and administrate a Network Attached Storage without deeper knowledge.

podman-compose - a script to run docker-compose.yml using podman

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

supervisor - Supervisor process control system for UNIX

rancher - Complete container management platform

LibreNMS-docker - LibreNMS Docker image based on Alpine Linux and Nginx

octoprint-docker - The dockerized snappy web interface for your 3D printer!

Harbor - An open source trusted cloud native registry project that stores, signs, and scans content.

authelia - The Single Sign-On Multi-Factor portal for web apps

homer - A very simple static homepage for your server.