A docker-powered PaaS that helps you build and manage the lifecycle of applications (by dokku)

Dokku Alternatives

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Posts with mentions or reviews of Dokku. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-18.
  • What is your preferred deployment strategy? | 2021-10-18
    Gitlab: build a docker image, push it to the Gitlab container registry, deploy via Dokku to Digitalocean.
  • Tools / software / resources library
  • Ask HN: Solo-preneurs, how do you DevOps to save time? | 2021-10-12
  • Rancher Desktop, a Docker Desktop Replacement | 2021-10-11
  • I self-host around 15 projects, should I use docker-compose, kubernetes or something else?
    I use Dokku. It's a Docker based mini-Heroku with easy app lifecycle management and lot of useful plugins.
  • How to convince client to pay for web page hosting and separate CMS? | 2021-09-29
    I use Dokku it is really easy to manage everything with it.
  • Are there any good equivalents to Netlify? | 2021-09-22
    You could self host a dokku container for a PaaS and use next.js or Astro for ssr and static rendering
  • Deploy SvelteKit on Dokku in 8 Sort-of Easy Steps | 2021-09-22
    Enter dokku.
  • Opensource Heroku Alternative
    Dokku is basically an open source self-hosted Heroku.
  • How to Rapidly Improve at Any Programming Language | 2021-09-18
    One approach that has worked for me so far is:

    1) find out if the runtime/framework is supported but Heroku or if there are any buildpacks available.

    2) spin up a Dokku instance using Vagrant for local development and testing

    3) deploy to a live Dokku server

    If/when I encounter any issues I add Heroku or Dokku to my search query and 9 times out of 10 I’ll find an answer to my issue. Else I just dig into the Dokku docs and GitHub issues and figure it out.

    So for instance googling for deploying a Phoenix app with Dokku results in a few hits such as this one [0].

    The only drawback currently is when you want to horizontally scale your deployment. You can use their kubernetes or nomad schedulers but I think those are an overkill in terms of complexity. You can use a load balancer in front of multiple Dokku instances but you then lose the ease of deployment, configuration, etc… Which is why I think their docker swarm scheduler [1] will be one of the most important feature they could add. It’s currently on the roadmap but I’m sure with a bit of sponsorship and a few pull/merge requests it will become a reality.



  • Your Full Stack recommendations for a home-based web server project? | 2021-09-15
    If you are interested in learning just enough docker to start and stop containers, might be interesting for you. It's like Heroku but you can host it yourself. I use it for multiple side projects on a small VPS, works like a charm.
  • CapRover VS Dokku - a user suggested alternative
    *dokku* seems to be a bit more popular; however, I think CapRover might have a better looking admin panel.
  • Tell HN: Heroku bans 10 year account without notice or explanation | 2021-08-20
    I could recommend Dokku[1] and Ledokku as they are a fine self-host alternative for small PaaS operation needs.


  • Harbormaster: The anti-Kubernetes for your personal server | 2021-08-19
    A little more aimed towards app deployment:


  • Best way to learn about deployment? (staging, feature adding, updating etc) | 2021-08-14
    If you aren’t with Heroku then you can look at Dokku which is basically an open source version of the platform you can run wherever.


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