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Rancher

Open Source Platform for Running a Private Container Service

What is Rancher?

Rancher is an open source container management platform that includes full distributions of Kubernetes, Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm, and makes it simple to operate container clusters on any cloud or infrastructure platform.
Rancher is a tool in the Container Tools category of a tech stack.
Rancher is an open source tool with 17.8K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Rancher's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Rancher?

Companies
169 companies reportedly use Rancher in their tech stacks, including Alibaba Travels, trivago, and Oxylabs.

Developers
611 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Rancher.

Rancher Integrations

GitHub, Docker, Jenkins, Kubernetes, and Amazon EC2 are some of the popular tools that integrate with Rancher. Here's a list of all 34 tools that integrate with Rancher.
Pros of Rancher
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Easy to use
79
Open source and totally free
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Multi-host docker-compose support
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Load balancing and health check included
58
Simple
44
Rolling upgrades, green/blue upgrades feature
42
Dns and service discovery out-of-the-box
37
Only requires docker
34
Multitenant and permission management
29
Easy to use and feature rich
11
Cross cloud compatible
11
Does everything needed for a docker infrastructure
8
Simple and powerful
8
Next-gen platform
7
Very Docker-friendly
6
Support Kubernetes and Swarm
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Application catalogs with stack templates (wizards)
6
Supports Apache Mesos, Docker Swarm, and Kubernetes
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Rolling and blue/green upgrades deployments
6
High Availability service: keeps your app up 24/7
5
Easy to use service catalog
4
Very intuitive UI
4
IaaS-vendor independent, supports hybrid/multi-cloud
4
Awesome support
3
Scalable
2
Requires less infrastructure requirements
Decisions about Rancher

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Rancher in their tech stack.

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Rancher's Features

  • Manage Hosts, Deploy Containers, Monitor Resources
  • User Management & Collaboration
  • Native Docker APIs & Tools
  • Monitoring and Logging
  • Connect Containers, Manage Disks, Deploy Load Balancers
  • Docker App Catalog
  • Included Kubernetes Distribution
  • Included Docker Swarm Distribution
  • Included Mesos Distribution
  • Infrastructure Management

Rancher Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Rancher?
Kubernetes
Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
DC/OS
Unlike traditional operating systems, DC/OS spans multiple machines within a network, aggregating their resources to maximize utilization by distributed applications.
Portainer
It is a universal container management tool. It works with Kubernetes, Docker, Docker Swarm and Azure ACI. It allows you to manage containers without needing to know platform-specific code.
Docker
The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
Helm
Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes.
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Rancher's Followers
1225 developers follow Rancher to keep up with related blogs and decisions.