Docker Desktop is a free application for Mac that Docker Inc. created for the building of containerized apps. This software first began in closed beta. The developers have since opened it to the public and have released several different subscriptions. It may seem a bit intimidating at first, mainly because it’s Linux-based.
Docker Desktop, however, is well worth learning. It can even run as a native application on your Mac computer. This hosted service offers a command-line interface for designing apps and a repository where your code is stored. It’s similar in operation to Xcode.
With Docker Desktop, you get vulnerability scanning powered by Snyk. This will scan your container and then provide recommendations. It includes the Docker App, Kubernetes and developer tools. The program boasts a simple setup that only takes a few minutes to complete.
You can get started in just a couple of minutes. You can also get your Kubernetes environment started in no time to begin developing right away.
Through the integration of Azure Container Instances (ACI), you can move code over to cloud application development. It boasts a DNS server for containers too.
You can sign up to get Docker Desktop at absolutely no charge. However, for those looking for more features, either in their individual capacity or for teams, there are three paid subscription plans to choose from.
Pro is an individual option that boasts customer support features, 300 monthly Hub image vulnerability scans and more. Whereas the ‘Team’ subscription plan grants users unlimited teams, an audit log and role-based access control. Finally, there’s the large option, which is available for a minimum of 500 members. With this option, you can whitelist up to 20 different IPs. It also has everything available in the Team plan.
Challenging but rewarding
Docker Desktop is a safe app that has a bit of a learning curve but is an efficient way to create apps once you become comfortable using it. It’s lightweight, free and offers an entirely open-source environment. You’ll also find several great tutorials online that will help you understand the software better.