Portainer VS Harbor

Compare Portainer vs Harbor and see what are their differences.

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Portainer Harbor
261 64
24,326 19,228
2.5% 1.6%
5.9 9.8
2 days ago 5 days ago
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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 Portainer. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-25.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Harbor. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-26.
  • Open source/free registry with HA
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/devops | 26 Jan 2023
    Does it HAVE to be those types of packages, have you thought of using containers instead and thus open the options for more types of storage like https://goharbor.io/ ?
  • Just finished migrating my old tower servers to a Kubernetes cluster on my new rack!
    19 projects | reddit.com/r/homelab | 21 Jan 2023
    For my Container Registry and Helm Chart Registry I use Harbor. When paired with Keel, I can automatically update apps after I push them. I have not checked out ArgoCD yet.
  • Top 10 Open-Source DevOps Tools That You Should Know
    11 projects | dev.to | 20 Nov 2022
    Harbor Source Code Repository
  • We Need to Talk About Docker Registries
    2 projects | dev.to | 8 Nov 2022
  • oci-registry: A lightweight container registry mirror
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/selfhosted | 5 Nov 2022
    harbor works well for these use cases but good luck trying to host it with docker. Harbor is easy to set up using Helm/kubernetes, but not docker.
  • Create Harbor Server on Ubuntu VM
    2 projects | dev.to | 1 Nov 2022
    # This script will install Harbor server # # User Inputs > #================================================== > export my_hostname= export my_fqdn= export my_ip= #================================================== echo "Make sure your VM is configured with proper hostname, static IP address and its entry is mentioned in your DNS server" read -n 1 -r -s -p $'Press enter to continue... else Control + c to stop \n' die() { local message=$1 echo "$message" >&2 exit 1 } # precheck echo "Doing precheck " ping $my_hostname -c 2 || die 'command failed' ping $my_ip -c 2 || die 'command failed' nslookup $my_fqdn || die 'command failed' nslookup $my_fqdn | grep $my_ip || die 'command failed' echo "==== Doing precheck ====" || die 'command failed' ping $my_hostname -c 2 || die 'command failed' nslookup $my_fqdn || die 'command failed' nslookup $my_fqdn | grep $my_ip || die 'command failed' echo "1. Enable ssh on the vm" || die 'command failed' apt-get update || die 'command failed' apt install openssh-server || die 'command failed' echo "2. Verify ssh service is up and running" || die 'command failed' systemctl status ssh || die 'command failed' echo "3. Update the apt package index" || die 'command failed' apt-get update || die 'command failed' echo "4. Install packages to allow apt to use a repository over HTTPS" || die 'command failed' apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-common -y || die 'command failed' echo "5. Add Docker's official GPG key" || die 'command failed' curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add - || die 'command failed' sudo apt-key fingerprint 0EBFCD88 || die 'command failed' echo "6. Setup a stable repository" || die 'command failed' echo -ne '\n' | add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu bionic stable" || die 'command failed' echo "7. Install docker-ce" || die 'command failed' apt-get update || die 'command failed' apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io -y || die 'command failed' echo "8. Install current stable release of Docker Compose" || die 'command failed' curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.25.4/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose || die 'command failed' echo "9. Apply executable permissions to the binary" || die 'command failed' chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose || die 'command failed' echo "10. Verify installation" || die 'command failed' docker-compose --version || die 'command failed' echo "11. Download the Harbor installer" || die 'command failed' curl -L https://github.com/goharbor/harbor/releases/download/v2.4.3/harbor-offline-installer-v2.4.3.tgz -o /root/harbor-offline-installer-v2.4.3.tgz || die 'command failed' echo "12. Extract the Harbor installer" || die 'command failed' tar -xvzf /root/harbor-offline-installer-v2.4.3.tgz || die 'command failed' echo "13. Generate a CA certificate private key" || die 'command failed' openssl genrsa -out ca.key 4096 || die 'command failed' echo "14. Generate the CA certificate" || die 'command failed' openssl req -x509 -new -nodes -sha512 -days 3650 -subj "/C=US/ST=CA/L=Palo Alto/O=HomeLab/OU=Solution Engineering/CN=$my_fqdn" -key ca.key -out ca.crt || die 'command failed' echo "15. Generate a private key" || die 'command failed' openssl genrsa -out $my_fqdn.key 4096 || die 'command failed' echo "16. Generate a certificate signing request" || die 'command failed' openssl req -sha512 -new -subj "/C=US/ST=CA/L=Palo Alto/O=HomeLab/OU=Solution Engineering/CN=$my_fqdn" -key $my_fqdn.key -out $my_fqdn.csr || die 'command failed' echo "17. Generate an x509 v3 extension file" || die 'command failed' cat > v3.ext <<-EOF authorityKeyIdentifier=keyid,issuer basicConstraints=CA:FALSE keyUsage = digitalSignature, nonRepudiation, keyEncipherment, dataEncipherment extendedKeyUsage = serverAuth subjectAltName = @alt_names [alt_names] DNS.1=$my_fqdn DNS.2=$my_hostname IP.1=$my_ip EOF echo "18. Use the v3.ext file to generate a certificate for the Harbor host" || die 'command failed' openssl x509 -req -sha512 -days 3650 -extfile v3.ext -CA ca.crt -CAkey ca.key -CAcreateserial -in $my_fqdn.csr -out $my_fqdn.crt || die 'command failed' echo "19. Provide the certificates to harbor and docker" || die 'command failed' sudo mkdir -p /data/cert || die 'command failed' sudo mkdir -p /etc/docker/certs.d/$my_fqdn/ || die 'command failed' sudo cp ~/$my_fqdn.crt /data/cert/$my_fqdn.crt || die 'command failed' sudo cp ~/$my_fqdn.crt /etc/docker/certs.d/$my_fqdn/$my_fqdn.crt || die 'command failed' sudo cp ~/ca.crt /etc/docker/certs.d/$my_fqdn/ca.crt || die 'command failed' sudo openssl x509 -inform PEM -in ~/$my_fqdn.crt -out /etc/docker/certs.d/$my_fqdn/$my_fqdn.cert || die 'command failed' sudo cp ~/$my_fqdn.key /data/cert/$my_fqdn.key || die 'command failed' sudo cp ~/$my_fqdn.key /etc/docker/certs.d/$my_fqdn/$my_fqdn.key || die 'command failed' sudo systemctl restart docker || die 'command failed' echo "20. Copy and update certificate on Harbor VM" || die 'command failed' cp $my_fqdn.crt /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/update-ca-certificates || die 'command failed' echo "21. Configure the Harbor YML file manually" || die 'command failed' cp /root/harbor/harbor.yml.tmpl /root/harbor/harbor.yml || die 'command failed' ##### update the yml file manually #echo "Update the yml file manually /root/harbor/harbor.yml and execute below command" || die 'command failed' #echo "/root/harbor/install.sh --with-notary --with-chartmuseum || die 'command failed'" cp /root/harbor/harbor.yml.tmpl /root/harbor/harbor.yml || die 'command failed' cat /root/harbor/harbor.yml | sed -e "s/hostname: reg.mydomain.com/hostname: $my_fqdn/" > /tmp/1 || die 'command failed' cat /tmp/1 | sed -e "s/certificate: \/your\/certificate\/path/certificate: \/root\/$my_fqdn.crt/" > /tmp/2 || die 'command failed' cat /tmp/2 | sed -e "s/private_key: \/your\/private\/key\/path/private_key : \/root\/$my_fqdn.key/" > /tmp/3 || die 'command failed' cp /tmp/3 /root/harbor/harbor.yml || die 'command failed' echo "22. Install with Notary, Clair and Chart Repository Service" || die 'command failed' /root/harbor/install.sh --with-notary --with-chartmuseum || die 'command failed'
  • Using a Docker registry as a distributed layer cache for CI
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Sep 2022
    We use it a lot. We also had a lot of issues with an official registry. Now we use https://goharbor.io/
  • Best practices to manage an open source project
    7 projects | dev.to | 22 Aug 2022
    💡 Examples of ROADMAP.md files: PaperBadger, Harbor
  • Harbor + Kubernetes = Self-Hosted Container Registry
    5 projects | dev.to | 16 Jun 2022
    Harbor is the solution if you want to self-host a container registry for Docker images. It was developed initially inside of VMware but has since been adopted by CNCF. Today, it lives as an open-source tool, aiming to give users as many features as possible while still being free. In this tutorial, you’ll be shown how to get it up and running inside of Kubernetes.
  • Redeploy deployment on webhook?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rancher | 7 Jun 2022
    I have previously been using docker for most of my apps and have been pushing them to a Harbor registry. What I want to do now is set up a pipeline so that when I push a new image to the repository, the webhook Harbor sends will redeploy my application.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Portainer and Harbor 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

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

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

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

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

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

rancher - Complete container management platform

phoneinfoga - Information gathering framework for phone numbers

homer - A very simple static homepage for your server.

watchtower - A process for automating Docker container base image updates.