When using Docker I rarely used Docker Desktop. It’s easy enough to do ‘docker image ls’ but I know some people like GUIs so I thought I would install it and check it out.
Podman Desktop is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. On Linux it’s available as a Flatpak or a tar file. I simply downloaded the tar file and ran the executable inside.
~/Downloads/podman-desktop-0.9.1 ❯ ./podman-desktop
The layout and functionality is very similar to Docker Desktop and in fact you can also use Podman Desktop as a Docker Desktop replacment. It also supports Docker Desktop extensions.
You can view Containers, Images, Pods and Volumes.
The GUI does make viewing container information very easy. You can drill into a container and see:
- Logs - see the console of the running application (very helpful for debugging)
- Inspect - show info about your container
- Terminal - shell into your running container
- Details - gives you some brief summary info, if the container is running and a very small memory and CPU graph
You can also start, stop and delete your container.
Overall it appears to be very similar to Docker Desktop. I don’t think I would use it on a daily basis but it is very easy to download and install if needed.