tart VS Docker-OSX

Compare tart vs Docker-OSX and see what are their differences.


macOS and Linux VMs on Apple Silicon to use in CI and other automations (by cirruslabs)


Run macOS VM in a Docker! Run near native OSX-KVM in Docker! X11 Forwarding! CI/CD for OS X Security Research! Docker mac Containers. (by sickcodes)
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tart Docker-OSX
17 132
3,507 35,173
3.4% -
8.9 1.0
1 day ago 10 days ago
Swift Shell
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of tart. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-08-31.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Docker-OSX. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-01-10.
  • GitHub Actions as a time-sharing supercomputer
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Jan 2024
    Running macOS legally requires real mac servers and a bespoke storage solution: https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/analysis/not-just-stac...

    A self-hosted macOS runner will be more economical in the long-run, if you have a spot you can hook it up at, or if you're fine doing things less than legally, you can use https://github.com/sickcodes/Docker-OSX.

  • Docker-OSX · Follow @sickcodes on Twitter
    1 project | /r/programming | 9 Dec 2023
  • É caro programar do jeito “honesto”
    1 project | /r/brdev | 11 Nov 2023
  • Caso você não queira comprar um Mac mas ainda queira o sistema, agora dá pra rodar MacOS dentro do Docker
    1 project | /r/brdev | 9 Nov 2023
    Repositório Docker-OSX - Guidelines, troubleshooting, comandos
  • Can i run a Hackintosh VM on my homelab and stream it to my pc ?
    1 project | /r/hackintosh | 4 Nov 2023
  • macOS Containers v0.0.1
    24 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Sep 2023
    > What's the licensing situation on this?

    1. This project didn't take explicit permission from Apple to redistribute binaries

    2. There are multiple jurisdictions where you don't need to explicitly have such permission, it is implied by law

    3. Usage of this software implies you already have macOS system. I'm not a lawyer, but it looks to be covered by section 3 of macOS EULA.

    4. There are existing precedents of redistribution of macOS binaries for multiple years aready:

    - https://github.com/cirruslabs/macos-image-templates/pkgs/con...

    - https://hub.docker.com/r/sickcodes/docker-osx

    - https://app.vagrantup.com/jhcook/boxes/macos-sierra

    And so on.

  • Android Dev account terminated after 12 years for violating “Stalkerware policy”
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Aug 2023
    Google is “friendlier”, because they run some automated scans on the apk and you’re good. Apple has humans run your app to confirm it does what you claim, as well as a battery of automated scans and since they are using the app I’d imagine they look at network traffic as much as possible. I know iOS isn’t shielded from malicious apps, but there’s malware and viruses all over the play store. That’s because it’s free and “friendlier”.

    > At Apple things have gotten way worse. Trying to automate release building is practically impossible and will require hours or CI pipeline debugging with error messages that don't mean what they say.

    This isn’t Apple’s fault… every build system sucks up a decent amount of time during initial setup. You can cut down massive amounts of time between iterations by adding some common optimizations:

    1. Cache artifacts when that step or job succeeds, so if a subsequent step/job fails, you can adjust it and start up where you left off, using the caches artifact to restore the workspace state. This complicates debugging efforts and I personally don’t do any optimization until the pipeline is reliably green each time. I just deal with slow builds and switch to other stuff or work ahead while they run.

    2. Fail fast. The CI run should bail out if any critical steps don’t pass, so anything further down doesn’t run for no reason, burning compute time and delaying queued jobs waiting for a runner. While developing the pipeline, watch the logs and when you see something you don’t like, slap the cancel button, or collect a couple things you need to change and iterate with passes with 2-3 changes.

    3. Use adequately spec’s hardware. Xcode is resource heavy and compiles need plenty of memory and cpu cores. Play around with what is a good compromise between power and cost. See if your project builds faster with more cpu cores, or faster cpu cores, etc.

    > At least Googles process is quite simple and can be dockerized.

    One man’s simple is another man’s “practically impossible”. Simple comes from familiarity and confidence. Anyway, you can totally run your builds in docker if you want to, and many do, but I’d personally not introduce more complexity until you have your pipelines running the slow way with the least amount of mental modeling to do. Once you know it all works, then have a go at running the build you know is good, inside a docker container (which in this case is just packing up kvm/qemu/libvirt to facilitate the running of a vm back on the host, but it means you can run mac containers on Linux runners, which will be much cheaper than Mac runners since those are usually Mac hardware)


    > Also why do I have to pay Apple $125 a year when it costs $100 in the US? The exchange rate from CHF to USD should be in my favor.

    Couple theories. 1. They have additional processing or tax expenses when dealing with your currency which they aren’t going to eat the cost of. 2. The higher price could be to deter abuse if for some reason there is an abnormal amount originating from accounts who pay with that currency.

  • Lima: A nice way to run Linux VMs on Mac
    18 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Jul 2023
    You can use qemu/libvirt/kvm on any Linux host to run macOS pretty easily these days[1]. I run Ventura on unraid with nvidea gpu passthrough and it’s been fairly painless.

    You can also run macOS in docker, but it’s ultimately running through qemu/kvm as well[2]

    1. https://github.com/kholia/OSX-KVM

    2. https://github.com/sickcodes/Docker-OSX

  • Should I buy an iPhone or wait for beeper / sunbird
    1 project | /r/beeper | 9 Jul 2023
    It would be a better idea to setup bluebubbles if you really want imessages while you wait, if you have an old laptop that you can use as a macos server. https://github.com/sickcodes/Docker-OSX is a brilliant solution for macos vm as a docker container. mac hardware not required
  • Is it worth buying an iPhone to test on safari?
    1 project | /r/webdev | 4 Jul 2023

What are some alternatives?

When comparing tart and Docker-OSX you can also consider the following projects:

packer-plugin-tart - Packer builder for Tart VMs

lima - Linux virtual machines, with a focus on running containers

Vagrant - Vagrant is a tool for building and distributing development environments.

macOS-Simple-KVM - Tools to set up a quick macOS VM in QEMU, accelerated by KVM.

network-manager-tui - Network manager tui

redroid-doc - redroid (Remote-Android) is a multi-arch, GPU enabled, Android in Cloud solution. Track issues / docs here

artifacts - OCI Artifacts

HomeBrew - 🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

clay - A CSS preprocessor as embedded Haskell.

macos-virtualbox - Push-button installer of macOS Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra guests in Virtualbox on x86 CPUs for Windows, Linux, and macOS

Win32 - Haskell support for the Win32 API

podman-macos - 📦 Podman frontend for macOS