How to use Docker without Docker Desktop on MacOS 📦

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  • podman

    Podman: A tool for managing OCI containers and pods.

    The direction from my current company was to migrate to Podman, which don't get me wrong, it's okay and as a quick substitute for Docker Desktop works. However, I found it required a lot of tedious changes and extra setup and at the end of the day, I struggled to get AWS SAM to work which was my primary goal. It also didn't quite live up to the 'Docker replacement' I was told it would be.

  • HomeBrew

    🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

    The only prerequisite is Homebrew, which if you don't have installed, you can find instructions on their page here.

  • InfluxDB

    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • colima

    Container runtimes on macOS (and Linux) with minimal setup

    Next, we need to install Colima. Colima is a container runtime that supports Docker (and containerd). You can read more about over on their GitHub.

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