Nomad VS Docker Compose

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


Nomad is an easy-to-use, flexible, and performant workload orchestrator that can deploy a mix of microservice, batch, containerized, and non-containerized applications. Nomad is easy to operate and scale and has native Consul and Vault integrations. (by hashicorp)

Docker Compose

Define and run multi-container applications with Docker (by docker)
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Nomad Docker Compose
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Nomad. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-18.
  • We reduced 502 errors by caring about PID 1 in Kubernetes
    3 projects | | 18 May 2022
    I believe Nomad is hailed as the replacement:

    I would caution one against "javascript framework syndrome:" bah, this framework is too complicated, I just want something simpler ... ok, it doesn't work right in all circumstances, I'll just add this one feature(, ... ok, maybe just this one other feature)+ ... bah, this framework is too complicated!

  • Hack to the Future: A Recap
    5 projects | | 6 May 2022
    In a previous hackathon, data analyst Chris Migirdic built an IDE where you present your own time series data/problem, and a layer could be provided over it to make time-series predictions. This iteration was quickly dubbed “BYOSQL,” or Bring Your Own SQL, by participants as he explained one could write any SQL query against Lob’s data warehouse, and you'd be able to fit a time series model over that. The most obvious application for Lob is evaluating mailpiece data. Another improvement over the previous version was performance; much of this was attributed to a shift to deployment in Nomad. Finally, another benefit of the program is to pick up what kinds of queries people are running and get an idea of what prediction problems our developers are trying to solve.
  • What (if anything) will replace Kubernetes?
    2 projects | | 5 May 2022
    That being said, it hasn't kept similar offerings from continuing to pop up as a "less complex" solution. Take Nomad for instance.
  • Ask HN: Who is hiring? (April 2022)
    31 projects | | 1 Apr 2022
    HashiCorp Nomad | Full time | Remote

    Want to work on an alternative to Kubernetes made by the creators of Terraform, Consul, Vagrant, and Vault? Come work on Nomad at HashiCorp! Our team builds and maintains a highly-scalable, flexible distributed cluster orchestrator. Nomad helps teams run varied workloads including containers, VMs, and raw binaries. Cloudflare, PagerDuty, Roblox, Pandora, and many other large organizations run Nomad in production today.

    We are currently looking for both backend and frontend engineers interested in solving hard problems in the DevOps space, tackling interesting distributed systems challenges, and/or working on open source software.

    Our stack: Golang & Ember (experience in either is nice to have, but not a hard requirement)

    Here’s a link to a full job posting:

    Also, feel free to reach out to me, a PM on the team, at mnomitch (at) hashicorp (dot) com

  • [FS][US-NC] - 10 Raspberry Pi 3B+ Cluster with 10 PoE HATs, 2U rack mount with 3D printed Pi mounts
    1 project | | 30 Mar 2022
  • Build your next tool with HCL
    3 projects | | 30 Mar 2022
    In this post, I want to show how you can implement your own tool using the HCL format. The HCL configuration format is used by all the amazing HasiCorp tools like Terraform, Vault, and Nomad.
  • What are you all using to provision your underlying hardware?
    4 projects | | 29 Mar 2022
    Nomad Client ( - Container Orchestration)
  • A Self Hosted and Open Source Alternative to Google’s Firebase
    7 projects | | 24 Mar 2022
    Shoulda been more clear, sorry; I don't use docker or docker swarm. I'm using nomad as my orchestration system (and the cluster I have running at home is exclusively podman nodes, so no docker even). I need to rewrite the docker-compose in nomad's HCL format, which usually this only takes a few minutes but appwrite's docker-compose is pretty dense. I might write a script to do it, tbh.
  • Ask HN: Is Kubernetes the only alternative for being cloud agnostic?
    2 projects | | 22 Feb 2022
    I think it's often better to "pick your poison" in terms of cloud providers and commit to it, with a rough migration plan that you can execute if you have to. There'll be common patterns in your systems that can be repeated if a large-scale lift-and-shift has to happen for some reason. But it's never easy, and I've found different clouds to have their own idiosyncrasies that make migration difficult - larger migrations will inevitably take time, effort, and lots of planning.

    If you're looking for alternatives, or something lighter weight than Kubernetes, I've used Nomad (plus Terraform and Ansible) and some shell scripts to get repeatable clusters deployed and migrated between cloud providers:

  • How to deploy my first Docker (Compose) application to the cloud?
    4 projects | | 9 Feb 2022
    Nomad can also work. It's relatively popular and advertised as less complicated than K8's

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 2022-05-12.
  • What a user…
    1 project | | 18 May 2022
    you should introduce her to and marry her. order does not matter.
  • Where/what to put for docker path??
    1 project | | 14 May 2022
    VERSION=$(curl --silent | jq .name -r) curl -L "${VERSION}/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose; chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose;
  • Alternative to Google Drive
    3 projects | | 12 May 2022
  • Podman v4.1 has been released!
    4 projects | | 9 May 2022
    You can choose the official docker-compose that will search for the Docker API (Podman can expose both native and Docker-legacy API). Unfortunately, as all the procedure that goes through the API, rootless can not be used.
  • after install adguardhome , i unable to run docker-compose pull
    1 project | | 7 May 2022
    my problem similar to
  • URL Shortener: Java & Spring complete tutorial
    6 projects | | 4 May 2022
    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. Then, with a single command, you create and start all the services from your configuration.
  • why was Compose on Kubernetes discontinued ! what to use instead !
    4 projects | | 3 May 2022
    Docker swarm was introduced to plug this deficiency and allow docker-compose to treat a pool of VMs as one large computer. In practice we found early versions of Docker Swarm didn't work particularily well, especially when the number of nodes went above 10 and stuff like load balancers and scaling became hard to do in a single compose file.... in short this stuff is hard to do at scale. To give credit, docker swarm introduced a new concept of "stacks", but this introduced incompatible changes to the docker compose syntax, which in my companies case marooned us on docker compose v2.....
  • Monitorando sua máquina com o Prometheus
    2 projects | | 3 May 2022
  • Defining dynamic Host rule in Traefik v2
    1 project | | 2 May 2022
    Traefik is a reverse http proxy, it works specially well with docker and docker-compose environments. Traefik will receive all your incoming web requests and redirect them to Docker containers.
  • How to install Docker Compose latest from BASH script
    2 projects | | 29 Apr 2022
    #!/bin/bash # treat unset variables as an error and exit immediately. set -u # exit immediately if any command returns a non-zero exit code set -e VERSION="1.26.0" sudo curl -L "$VERSION/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/docker-compose /usr/bin/docker-compose

What are some alternatives?

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

k3s - Lightweight Kubernetes

supervisor - Supervisor process control system for UNIX

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

terraform - Terraform enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and improve infrastructure. It is an open source tool that codifies APIs into declarative configuration files that can be shared amongst team members, treated as code, edited, reviewed, and versioned.

Portainer - Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy.

Cloud-Init - unofficial mirror of Ubuntu's cloud-init

Rundeck - Enable Self-Service Operations: Give specific users access to your existing tools, services, and scripts

docker-cloudflared - Cloudflared proxy-dns Docker image based on Alpine Linux

acme-companion - Automated ACME SSL certificate generation for nginx-proxy

Dokku - A docker-powered PaaS that helps you build and manage the lifecycle of applications

Dkron - Dkron - Distributed, fault tolerant job scheduling system