OpenMediaVault VS Portainer

Compare OpenMediaVault vs Portainer and see what are their differences.


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. (by openmediavault)
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OpenMediaVault Portainer
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Posts with mentions or reviews of OpenMediaVault. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-07-06.


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 2023-09-15.
  • Ask HN: How do you manage your “family data warehouse”?
    3 projects | | 15 Sep 2023
    A Synology NAS running Portainer ( running Paperless NGX (

    This works better than I can possibly tell you.

    I have an Epson WorkForce ES-580W that I bought when my mother passed away to bulk scan documents and it scans everything, double-sided if required, multi-page PDFs if required, at very high speed and uploads everything to OneDrive, at which point I drag and drop everything into Paperless.

    I could, thinking about it, have the scanner email stuff to Paperless. Might investigate that today.

    Paperless will OCR it and make it all searchable. This setup is amazing, I love living in the future.

  • Bare-Metal Kubernetes, Part I: Talos on Hetzner
    8 projects | | 9 Sep 2023
    > I've come to the conclusion (after trying kops, kubespray, kubeadm, kubeone, GKE, EKS) that if you're looking for < 100 node cluster, docker swarm should suffice. Easier to setup, maintain and upgrade.

    Personally, I'd also consider throwing Portainer in there, which gives you both a nice way to interact with the cluster, as well as things like webhooks:

    With something like Apache, Nginx, Caddy or something else acting as your "ingress" (taking care of TLS, reverse proxy, headers, rate limits, sometimes mTLS etc.) it's a surprisingly simple setup, at least for simple architectures.

  • What are some of your fav panels and why?
    3 projects | /r/homelab | 23 Aug 2023
    casaos it just makes things like backups, offsite syncing and many other nas related things so much easier to manage. And gives you a proper nas like experience similar to that in which you'd fine on companies like tnas or synology. I actually also use it as a replacement for portainer when i don't need the more advanced features it offers
  • Kubernetes Exposed: One YAML Away from Disaster
    4 projects | | 8 Aug 2023
    > I moved to docker swarm and love it. It's so much easier, straight forward, automatic ingress network and failover were all working out of the box. I'll stay with swarm for now.

    I've had decent luck in the past with the K3s distribution, which is a bit cut down Kubernetes:

    It also integrates nicely with Portainer (aside from occasional Traefik ingress weirdness sometimes), which I already use for Swarm and would suggest to anyone that wants a nice web based UI:

    Others might also mention K0s, MicroK8s or others - there's lots of options there. But even so, I still run Docker Swarm for most of my private stuff as well and it's a breeze.

    For my needs, it has just the right amount of abstractions: stacks with services that use networks and can have some storage in the form of volumes or bind mounts. Configuration in the form of environment variables and/or mounted files (or secrets), some deployment constraints and dependencies sometimes, some health checks and restart policies, as well as resource limits.

    If I need a mail server, then I just have a container that binds to the ports (even low port numbers) that I need and configure it. If I need a web server, then I can just run Apache/Nginx/Caddy and use more or less 1:1 configuration files that I'd use when setting up either outside of containers, but with the added benefit of being able to refer to other apps by their service names (or aliases, if they have underscores in the names, which sometimes isn't liked).

    At a certain scale, it's dead simple to use - no need for PVs and PVCs, no need for Ingress and Service abstractions, or lots and lots of templating that Helm charts would have (although those are nice in other ways).

  • What kind of Alpine user are you?
    4 projects | /r/AlpineLinux | 9 Jul 2023
    The control panel is called Homepage. I like it more than Heimdall. To manage Docker I use Portainer.
  • Portainer kind of screwed me after updating a container -- Any other alternatives to managing your containers?
    3 projects | /r/selfhosted | 5 Jul 2023
    Synology use a custom version of Docker in their NAS products, which we've noted has issues with environment variables. We have this issue open around it, but unfortunately we haven't been able to come up with a fix as of yet and Synology seem to be reluctant to engage with us on it.
  • Risk of self-hosting smaller projects
    3 projects | /r/selfhosted | 4 Jul 2023
    Here are hundreds of others that did though:
    3 projects | /r/selfhosted | 4 Jul 2023
  • Top 8 Tools to Build Your Own PaaS
    3 projects | | 29 Jun 2023
    Portainer is a container management tool that can be leveraged to build a PaaS environment. Its intuitive interface, multi-cloud support, and container orchestration features simplify the management of containers and services. Portainer allows you to monitor resource usage, manage container networks, and deploy applications with ease.
  • Looking for help in setting up a Minecraft server on linux
    2 projects | /r/linux_gaming | 27 Jun 2023
    It depends on what tools you want to use. Ubuntu Server is totally sufficient for setting up a minecraft server. The manual way would look like like this on Ubuntu Server (you should use version 22.04 though). I have not tried it but this docker image could be good as well and you could use it with a WebUI like Portainer. If there is some non-command-line (or WebUI) tool you want to use, then use Ubuntu Desktop.

What are some alternatives?

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

Nextcloud - ☁️ Nextcloud server, a safe home for all your data

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.

FreeNAS - TrueNAS CORE/Enterprise/SCALE Middleware Git Repository [Moved to:]

swarmpit - Lightweight mobile-friendly Docker Swarm management UI

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

Jellyfin - The Free Software Media System

DietPi - Lightweight justice for your single-board computer!


Ansible-NAS - Build a full-featured home server or NAS replacement with an Ubuntu box and this playbook.

yunohost - YunoHost is an operating system aiming to simplify as much as possible the administration of a server. This repository corresponds to the core code, written mostly in Python and Bash.

PhotoPrism - AI-Powered Photos App for the Decentralized Web 🌈💎✨