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  • Analytics, Monitoring, and Logging (78)

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What is Portainer?

Portainer is a centralized container management platform for containerized apps and IoT device management. It helps accelerate container adoption and reduce time-to-value on Kubernetes, Docker, and Swarm with a management portal, allowing users to deliver and manage containerized applications from the data center to the edge. Portainer helps -
  • Reduce the operational complexity associated with multi-cluster management
  • Bridge the skills gap and facilitate feature discovery and learning with its UI
  • Codify cloud-native best practices with design templates and default configurations
  • Consistently apply and centrally manage access, permissions and activity logging
Portainer can help with multiple use cases including -
Deploy containers
Troubleshoot apps
Platform management
Security & Compliance
Lifecycle Management
IoT Device Management

Portainer Business is built on Portainer's open-source foundation, which boasts more than 1M users. Portainer is presented as a solution to transition to Kubernetes or speed up the adoption of containers inside an organization.

Portainer Features

Container Management Features

  • Supported: Security and Isolation
  • Supported: Cluster Management
  • Supported: Storage Management
  • Supported: Resource Allocation and Optimization
  • Supported: Discovery Tools
  • Supported: Analytics, Monitoring, and Logging

Additional Features

  • Supported: Platform Access Control

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Screenshot of Portainer is a universal container management platform to help adopt and manage Docker, Kubernetes, Nomad and Edge environments.

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Portainer Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesWorldwide

Frequently Asked Questions

Red Hat OpenShift, SUSE Rancher, and Mirantis Kubernetes Engine are common alternatives for Portainer.

Reviewers rate Cluster Management highest, with a score of 8.2.

The most common users of Portainer are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Rohan Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use for running my server cluster for [...]
  • Tweaking the network setting on the containers
  • Adding and removing data volumes is super easy
  • Total management of all docker container
  • Trying to use docker compose always returns an error for me
  • Editing should be much simpler
It makes docker as a whole easy to use, which in my case helped me seamlessly operate my servers remotely
Ubaidillah Hakim F | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Portainer for manage my docker container cluster for many service that my company use. I already search other similar tools but i think Portainer is the best. Dashboard UI is very simple and complete wee all needed for operate. We face the business problem about pulling new image deployed after process CI is completed, but with webhook feature at business version is solving the problem. Good job for Portainer team.
  • Webhook
  • Good UI Dashboard and simple also
  • Manage docker swarm easily
  • Pull image and run container directly from dashboard
  • I think for docker swarm visualizer need improvement
  • Webhook feature i think must be community version also
Mantain docker swarm cluster for our microservice. I think Portainer is very well suite than others. Easily to manage cluster and change to other cluster, manage user, manage container with feature auto pulling from docker registry. Easily deleting imae that unused by container with tag for easily delete for free space
Sathir M. Mansoor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our development environment is fully containerized and we used Docker Desktop earlier and the functionality and the price I wasn’t happy, tried rancher it was too complicated and not seemed user friendly, and tried Dockage that was too simple and couldn’t do everything, but the Portainer is simply perfect, able to connect multiple environments, able to update images simply, I got free 3 nodes so I’m using one for my homelab and there was a dedicated widget to connect my Portainer, setup is also very simple, hope the Portainer team doesn’t change the perfect ui and make it too complicated for intermediate users.
  • Connect multiple environments
  • Free key upto 3 nodes
  • Simple ui for everyone to understand
  • IMAP or POP3 Notifications when any containers stopped or something goes wrong
  • I couldn’t find podman related things better if they add or make it easy to access
For developers who maintain their local environment container and a person who runs a home lab with self hosted docker images this Portainer is best since the UI is very simplified.

But for someone is very advanced and wanted to manage production level containers or Kubernetes I don’t think Portainer would support well. I didn’t see any options on that.
Kevin Spharler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Portainer provides a convenient and easy-to-access dashboard for container management that is intuitive and approachable by users of varying skill levels. Advanced operators can use it to create a wide array of container configurations while novice or unskilled users can easily view basic operating status and start/stop services with the click of a button (permissions allowing).
I used Portainer to easily spin up several services to be demo'd and considered for deployment for business use. Decision makers didn't need to know how the technology worked in order to understand the utility of the Portainer dashboard in running these services, and many of the configurable settings were plainly visible (stop/start, port assignment, logs, etc.).
  • Integration with relevant technologies: Docker, Kubernetes, compose, multiple nodes, authentication, GitHub, and more.
  • Intuitive UI, user-friendly layout with understandable descriptions and menus.
  • Home lab, prosumer, and/or small business appeal by offering free (node limited) business license. Enables the paid features without needing to spend money unless deploying to an obvious professional environment (more than 3 nodes or so).
  • Portainer extension in Docker Desktop for Windows is a neat addition, but it doesn't appear to be able to use a license. I believe as a result of this, I am also not able to store/save the GitHub credentials I use in order to create stacks.
Portainer has no comparable alternatives, it's easily best-in-category. If you're attempting to enter the world of containers with Docker, it's an excellent way to do so.
It supports management of Kubernetes, but it may not be quite comparable to the dedicated, official tools for Kubernetes or a 3rd-party offering like Rancher. That said, those tools are more complex, so it could be a suitable entry into managing Kubernetes.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Portainer to manage our existing and new Docker containers. With the growing need to implement containers in our business, and in some of our clients' businesses, we needed a robust, secure, and yet an easy-to-use container management solution. Portainer provides us and in the near future, some of our clients, the ability to efficiently manage docker containers, etc.
  • Extremely easy container and stack deployment
  • Easy to maintain existing container image updates
  • Secure and trustworthy monitoring of docker containers
  • Automatic email notifications for available updates
  • Built-in, real-time notifications for container uptime
  • More updated image versions for existing app templates
We do have a couple of users who are new to Docker and the Linus shell environment. Portainer makes it easy for them to quickly deploy stacks of containers with its web editor to configure docker-compose files with an easy-to-use GUI. Not only does this save time, but it also encourages new users to interact more positively with Docker and Portainer in general.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have recently began transitioning from using many virtual machines each running specific services to a containerized system. Portainer has eased this transition to docker and gives us a well designed and easy to use management interface with great user permissions. This has greatly cut down on our compute requirements allowing downsizing cloud providers, which in turn has saved money and time.
  • Allows administering container updates with a few clicks.
  • Stacks help ensure correct container configuration in an easy to read format compared to the docker command line
  • Allows many users each with different permission levels based on what is needed
  • Having an option to select a default environment to connect to would be useful for single environment deployments
  • The option of using SSL certificates from Let's Encrypt in addition to uploading your own
  • Environments public IP being self discovered instead of defaulting to
Has made transitioning from virtual machines extremely quick and easy using stacks. Administering updates to individual containers is a smooth experience without needing the docker command line. Has significantly reduced the number of operating systems needed so we spend less time managing server infrastructure and allowing us to focus more time on other projects.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Portainer is a container management tool that simplifies the deployment and management of containerized applications. It offers a user-friendly interface to interact with Docker, Kubernetes, and other container orchestration platforms. The scope of use cases for Portainer can vary based on organizational needs. It's commonly used by small to large enterprises in various industries to streamline container management, enhance collaboration between development and operations teams, and provide a more accessible interface for container orchestration. As a freelancer responsible for maintaining and running various applications, Portainer serves as a valuable tool to streamline container management and orchestration. With its user-friendly interface, Portainer simplifies the deployment and operation of essential applications such as websites, collaboration tools, mail servers, and reverse proxies. It provides an accessible platform for efficiently managing containers, offering features like user access control, monitoring, and logging. For a freelancer overseeing diverse applications across a network, Portainer's centralized management capabilities make it easier to handle tasks ranging from deployment to resource optimization, ultimately enhancing the overall efficiency and reliability of the client's infrastructure.
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • Stack and Compose File Support
  • Backup and Restore
  • Docker Swarm and Kubernetes Support
  • Monitoring and Logging could be Improved
  • Application Deployment with a handier way to implement Healtchecks
  • Visualization of the container within a Stack, the ability to show the container in a Tree, grouped by its stack.
Well-Suited Scenarios for Portainer: Small to Medium-Sized Projects: Portainer is well-suited for small to medium-sized projects where a straightforward, user-friendly interface is valuable. It provides an easy entry point for developers and administrators managing containers without the need for extensive container orchestration knowledge. Development and Testing Environments: In scenarios where developers need a quick and efficient way to manage containerized applications in development and testing environments, Portainer's simplicity and ease of use make it a suitable choice.

Less Appropriate Scenarios for Portainer: Large-Scale, Complex Deployments: In large-scale projects with complex deployment requirements and intricate orchestration needs, organizations might find Portainer's simplicity limiting. Advanced features and fine-grained control offered by other tools may be more appropriate.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have several containers configured through Portainer as a development environment, and another Portainer server hosting our production containers.
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of deployment for new containers
  • Clear view of status of each container
  • Upgrading containers to the latest image
We have 2 Portainer servers and it does really well in that scenario. Small to Medium businesses seem ideally suited for using Portainer. I have no idea how well it would do in a large corporate environment with many Portainer servers.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Portainer made it a lot easier to manage, monitor and update the docker containers we use for software development, allowing us to save time and avoid errors during devops operations. In the past we needed a devops specialist for trivial tasks as start or stop a container, and now those operations can be done by the developers themselves.
  • Integration with git
  • Docker container update
  • Log viewing
  • Lack of a config backup option in the interface
  • Automated config backup tool
  • A way to upgrade Portainer itself easily
Portainer is an excellent tool for software developers, either a solo developer, small ou big teams. I believe its also suitable for single project deployment on production servers.
For data centers, managing hundreds or thousands of containers from a lot of different users, i believe the interface is not the ideal.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it for the management of our docker containers. There are a lot of use cases for us. The main goal is it to run new software or components with a minimum effort, without changes to infrastructure and separated from other systems. Because Portainer can be run as a docker container too, the effort to run it itself is also reduced to a minimum.
  • Monitor docker instances
  • Easy to set up new containers and modify them
  • Integration into our active directory
  • The configuration of the AD integration could me more intuitive
  • Automatically select one docker server as default
Because we use a small size portainer / docker setup, I can only confirm that Portainer is very well suited for a small setup. But I guess that portainer is also well suited for mid-size and large setups, because of the avaibility to manage many instances. Also, the gui is very intuitive.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Portainer each day to manage a few servers with all our company services deployed there. In my free time, I use Portainer to manage my Kubernetes cluster, and all my docker instances. The features that come with the business license are awesome, specially: OAuth (which I use in both my personal and job accounts), Automatic stack updates, GitOps features that support monitoring my stacks in GitHub... All of them are a huge save of time, and I highly recommend using the s3 backup feature. Just to be safe in case of disaster
  • GitOps Management of my stacks
  • Kubernetes Cluster Management
  • Home Server Management with a friendly GUI
  • Audit logging
  • Oauth integration
  • Backup Management
  • Image versioning monitoring
  • Templates should be more use, but they receive little to no advertisement
If you want to manage docker services in a comfortable way, this tool, it's awesome. But it should be used in scenarios where you expect to manage a thousand of docker containers. The strong point of Portainer it's, in my opinion, a home server or a production server with just a bunch of stacks deployed. In my opinion, it lacks the capacity to manage thousands of services in an easy way.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were using the community version of Portainer but were missing the ability to delegate rights based on our AD. It's why I decided to order the business edition, it handles this perfectly. We use Portainer to manager docker standalone containers, K3S infrastructure in a same place and in a visual way.
  • RBAC (Role-Based Access Control) with AD
  • Kubernetes integration
  • Direct YAM Editing
  • Logging
  • monitoring stack
We choosed Portainer to have a global vision of our standalone containers in a central place and after that we also added Kubernetes clusters. We think it could be a good first step before using more complex product like rancher...
Moreover the Portainer technical teams are very professional and available. We had an integration session included with our business edition licences and they didn't hesitate to offer us other complementary sessions, at no extra cost.
October 24, 2023

Portainer, best choice!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Allows me to manage everything myself without going through another provider. Can crash quickly if you make a mistake, but the community being so large I find all the necessary information on the forums.
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Complete interface
  • Great project possibility
  • More chart choices in reports
  • quick access
  • interface customization
Allows you to have good visibility of the docker running (up-to-date image, status of the docker, etc.) Allows you to act quickly in the event of a problem.
Thejus Philip | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
To learn and understand the docker ecosystem, I installed the docker on my home server and used Portainer to manage about 13+ different apps.
  • Ease of deployment
  • Checks image updates
  • Clear status messages
  • TFA/MFA is missing, would be great to have this as an extra security measure for login.
  • Uninstall of container, leaves behind files/folders under /portainer/Files/AppData/Config/ which needs to be manually removed.
  • Have an option to archive App Template URL. Currently only 1 URL can be specified, it would be nice to be able to save/archives multiple URLs and select which URL must be referred or used by Portainer.
Excellent tool to manage the docker ecosystem, especially for those who are new to Portainer. The tool is mostly self-explanatory.
Thibaut Boudier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I personally use it to take care of any docker container that I have. It simplify a lot of work when stopping or changing projects.<br>It might be used on a wider scale to help k3s environments to be used not only be devOps or engineer with enough knowledge, but also by project manager and other people with less knowledge on this part.<br>Might be tricky to understand how to set up for the first time, but their knowloedge database is stuffed enough to have the answer of our questions.
  • Graphical docker gestion
  • Environment datas globally managed
  • K3s management with a simplified window
  • K3s deployment with pre-defined environment
  • First complex set up is a bit hard without explanation
  • Large gap between the use of Portainer on local and once it's used by a group
  • Good for people without knowledge on Docker and K3s, but hard for them to set it up
One of the well suited moment is for the day to day use of Docker or K3s. To limit too much interaction and to limit the learning of complex command lines (even more for K3s with sub-modules), and to have a clear understanding through the use of the graphical interface.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Portainer is currently used to manage our Docker Swarm environment where we are running multiple in-house and customer services. Portainer has taken the headache out of managing Docker updates by immediately showing you which containers are out of date and giving you a seamless updating capability. Scaling and HA with Docker Swarm is made so much simpler with Portainer, and showing us the environment status through a single pane of glass is cutting down on time spent to know what is going on in the environment.
  • Docker Swarm Management
  • Image updates
  • Integration with GitLab container registry
  • LDAP integration
  • Service deployments and service webhooks
  • Full scale Kubernetes cluster deployment and management
  • The API is hard to understand and you need to often "chain" API calls
Portainer is well suited for teams that want to move a micro-service architecture, quickly. Especially when coming from monolithic systems where deployments were handled by different teams. Portainer makes it easier for Developers to be in full control of deployment cycles, especially when integrated with systems like GitLab. Updating web services by using the webhook functionality in Portainer will make life so much easier for devs. It will help them focus on the thing they are paid to do: develop.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
If you work on a docker this is a 'must have' for You! Working on Portainer is a pleasure now. Very fast answers from technical support, I asked about business license and got an answer after 5minutes! In addition, the ability to pick up a business license for 3 nodes is really cool. I recommend and i'm very satisfied!
  • Fast Support
  • Very nice Portainer UI
  • Easy to use
  • Additional language packs
If anyone prefers a graphical solution for managing their Docker containers to be able to configure them much more easily, access multiple environments from one panel, use pre-made application templates, have easier access to logs, or more easily create, modify networks, or volumes for their containers, then I highly recommend it!
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Portainer as a GUI to manage docker containers. The business problems it addresses is the complicated management of docker with lots of containers and using the command line. It's way easier to manage docker containers with Portainer due to the friendly Web GUI it provides. It literally makes the management really easy, for updating, creating, recreating and managing the containers.
  • Easy management of docker containers
  • Easy to use Web GUI
  • Easy installation and configuration
  • Business ready
Docker container management in general.
September 12, 2023

Portaining my containers

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Portainer to access and manage all of our docker environments, its a great tool for users new to docker currently learning the technology, Portainer makes docker easier to understand and reducing the learning curve by showing the "bigger picture";

Also it helps us to make new users take actions very soon.
  • Web UI
  • Performance and stability
  • Authentication integrations
  • more options of checking logs
Management of different development environments like QA, devops, server, etc.
In addition with the use of jenkins and Portainer I recreate different development environments, like all the containers or just specific ones.
September 11, 2023

Fast and easy

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Portainer to manage containerized services on for my personal projects and home lab. I have deployed it on Lindode/akamai and AWS as well as locally.

I spend my day job administering Windows and Linux servers. I appreciate that Portainer lets me bring up my stack of services and monitor them from any web browser I choose.

  • Lightweight
  • Fast to bring online
  • Visually appealing
  • Easy to explain to non technical users
  • I'm not sure if sso is supported
Portainer is a great starting point for someone who is new to containerization.

I also enjoy being able to get a quick overview of container status/health.
Ahmed Elemam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have containers deployed around the globe to perform different monitoring tasks and Portainer makes it easier to manage and deploy with ease. Its very useful when it comes to our customer support team who wants to take a quick glance to know that the containers are healthy and doing their job appropriately
  • Containers management
  • Easy deployment
  • Intuitive user experience
  • Remote Backup and restore functionality
  • Managing stacks that have been manually created outside Portainer
  • Auto unused image deletion
Portainer is best used for managing multiple docker environments.
Makes it really easy for support teams to check health, logs and availability of the containers in a couple of clicks without the need of having high docker knowledge and without elevated privileges
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We currently use Portainer to manage a 3 node private test K3S cluster. The aim is to have it run at a client site where we will have 3 dev, 3 test and 6 production K3S nodes.
We want to us Portainer to implement a Kubernetes strategy at our clients to be used in future projects.
  • Deploy apps via helm
  • Manage Kubernetes clusters
  • GitOps
  • Dashboard similar to Kubernetes dashboard
  • Better error messages
  • Sometimes it just feels a bit slow
It is well suited for all levels of Kubrenetes experience, especially for beginners as it makes the transition into Kubernetes quite easy.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We needed lots of containers and database management, with Portainer running on Ubuntu Server, life got very easy, we were able to organize, manage our database, website and storage along with CRM. The interface is smooth, all the details on stacks and containers easy to find.

Managing internal and external ports along with volume management makes it very convenient to organize data. Managing resources for our internal Intranet site and sharing secured documents via secured access all made very easy with containers installed on Portainer.

Separate network for containers made port-opening secured on our interfaces.
  • Volume Management
  • New container install
  • OS management
  • Adguard
  • More cloud friendly features and integration with google, Microsoft.
  • Enabling advanced docker volume management
  • More pre configured templates
Its well suited for small business and IT individuals. Information well layed out with interface to manage containers. Further integration with AWS and Azure will make it even better.

Secured access to applications within the platform via separte network bridges, live data/resource monitoring makes it even more user friendly.

Internal and External database, querries and automation of containers makes it the best choice of docker/container managemen platform. Defintely giving users peace of mind with their day to day buisness management.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Portainer to manage my organization's Docker and Kubernetes containers. It works with standalone Docker, Docker Swarms, and K8s clusters. It's fantastic that you can attach multiple hubs, manage networks, and all other settings, without memorizing the command line commands and arguments.
  • GUI for Settings
  • Container Management
  • Centralized Orchestration
  • UI could improve
  • Adding add-ons or extensions would be nice
  • Auto-discovery of nodes.
This is perfect for self-hosted container orchestration. The only issue would be if a cloud provided required you to use their proprietary container system.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Support and use for developers to share distributed resources at different levels and in different access regimes.<br>The integration and monitoring of different host systems and clusters is very easy and the interface can be used intuitively. The effort to manage or add additional resources to individual containers is minimal. The same applies to the management and authentication layers of internal or external users.
  • Managing container
  • Scaling and monitoring applications
  • Good documentation.
  • Examples on how to use the variety of knobs and sliders.
Portainer is a versatile tool that caters to platform teams, developers, and DevSecOps teams. It offers features like standardized container usage, cluster provisioning, and secure API proxy for platform teams. Developers benefit from cluster provisioning, Git-Ops pipelines, and container runtime status monitoring. DevSecOps teams can centrally manage authentication, access, audit, and single sign-on through integration with CI/CD tools and identity management systems. Portainer simplifies the transition from VMs to containers, showcases container capabilities, and provides an intuitive user interface for easy exploration and experimentation. Its no-code UI enables fast deployment of container-based micro-services, eliminating platform complexity and facilitating the adoption of declarative, orchestrated environments.
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