Nomad VS podman

Compare Nomad vs podman 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)


Podman: A tool for managing OCI containers and pods. (by containers)
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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 2022-05-19.
  • My own distributed cloud for multiple services?
    5 projects | | 19 May 2022
    How much time are you willing to read and learn? These are not things you'll be able to pick up overnight. You might also consider Nomad over Kubernetes. Portainer also has a distributed model (and can use Nomad/k8s I believe).
  • We reduced 502 errors by caring about PID 1 in Kubernetes
    5 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:


Posts with mentions or reviews of podman. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-19.
  • Best place to request Valve to add certain libraries for SteamOS 3?
    2 projects | | 19 May 2022
    Here is link number 1 - Previous text "not"
    2 projects | | 19 May 2022
    Unfortunately not:
  • Possible to avoid dev mode and get full desktop/cli?
    1 project | | 15 May 2022
    I'm pretty excited for Flatpack+immutable roots. However, if I want to run CLI apps/dev envs/etc, can I do this without entering into dev mode and losing the immutable root fs? I really like how Silverblue uses Podman and Toolbox to keep everything in an easily-accessible container. You can even run other OS's pretty easy and not lose the double security model of container + immutable root fs.
  • My director is mad that I accepted another internal position for a 26% raise when he was told he could only give me a 10%
    6 projects | | 15 May 2022
    They still don't do anything really of substance, they're just gateways to their vendor's world - booking systems, payment systems, etc. You learn those as you go along. Yes, as a potential employee, you need to be able to tick those boxes on your CV, but if you understand the underlying technology, it's mostly a matter of booking your own AWS or Azure server for $5-10 a month for a few weeks, and fooling around. (Docker is a bit different in the sense that they were the first to popularize today's de-facto container image standard, the "Docker container", which has since been accepted as a proper standard and renamed to "OCI image format"; but at the end of the day, at this point in time, Docker in itself is still just a company out for the money, and the multi-GB installation of their product can, for the essential functionality part, be replaced by a few hundred lines of Bash code. The cool boys today don't use Docker, they use [Podman(, which is essentially a much more lightweight drop-in replacement ;-) )
  • Volumes mounted in rootless containers have files with weird ownership
    1 project | | 13 May 2022
    the --uidmap flag cannot be called in conjunction with the --pod flag as a uidmap cannot be set on the container level when in a pod. (quote from
  • Podman Desktop Companion - Docker engine support
    4 projects | | 9 May 2022
    Podman itself had a recent highly appreciated release, have a look
  • Podman v4.1 has been released!
    4 projects | | 9 May 2022
    There are numerous other changes and improvements to all parts of Podman packed into this release. We’ve added several new commands, including podman volume mount and podman volume unmount (to allow easy copying of files to and from volumes without using them in a container) and podman container clone (creates a copy of an existing container, with the ability to change many settings while doing so). Checkpoint and restore have seen a major improvement with the ability to store checkpoints as OCI images, allowing them to be distributed via container registries. Finally, Podman has gone on a diet - we set out to reduce or eliminate many of our dependencies and managed to reduce our binary size by 8MB shaving off 15% of the original binary size. There are many more changes - too many to list all of them here - so be sure to check out the release notes!
  • Transition to Podman
    2 projects | | 8 May 2022
    quote from the release notes of Podman 4.1.0 (released 6 May 2022).
  • Podman + minikube
    6 projects | | 29 Apr 2022
    😄 minikube v1.25.2 on Ubuntu 20.04 (amd64) ✨ Using the podman driver based on existing profile 💣 Exiting due to PROVIDER_PODMAN_NOT_RUNNING: "sudo -k -n podman version --format " exit status 1: sudo: a password is required 💡 Suggestion: Add your user to the 'sudoers' file: 'myuser ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/podman' 📘 Documentation:
  • Kubernetes for Startups: Practical Considerations for Your App
    15 projects | | 22 Apr 2022
    Build: Workloads need to be containerized. That leads to long build times, especially if there is no caching possible/enabled for the build. A local build might be just a hot reload, but these can take many minutes with the container build step included. Please use podman, kaniko, or similar over docker for builds.

What are some alternatives?

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

lima - Linux virtual machines, typically on macOS, for running containerd

Portainer - Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy.

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

kaniko - Build Container Images In Kubernetes

rancher - Complete container management platform

k3s - Lightweight Kubernetes

Moby - Moby Project - a collaborative project for the container ecosystem to assemble container-based systems

singularity - Singularity has been EOL'ed, see Apptainer

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

toolbox - Tool for containerized command line environments on Linux

Docker Compose - Define and run multi-container applications with Docker

Dkron - Dkron - Distributed, fault tolerant job scheduling system