Farewell Portainer 1.X Series. Welcome to Portainer 2.0

By now hopefully you have seen that we shipped version 1.24 of Portainer CE; this is the very last version of the 1.X series, which has carried Portainer through the last 3 years. This version will continue receive required critical security patches for the next 12 months, however there will be no new features, enhancements or bug fixes. Moving forwards, we are all about Portainer 2.X….

Over the next few months we will be releasing Portainer 2.0. It will be the first major release since Portainer first launched and marks a major milestone in our journey.

2.0 has given me the opportunity to reflect on how far Portainer has come and to acknowledge you, our community, for the part you have played. I think a few numbers might convey just how proud I am of what we have achieved together.

As I write, we appear to have maxed out Docker hub. The Portainer image has been pulled more than 2 billion (!) times across all versions. Docker stopped updating that number back in March, so maybe we broke it? Google tells us that we have about 350,000 regular monthly users, with more than 2.3 million individual users over the past twelve months. Overall, our user community is also growing at about 50% year on year, which I find awe inspiring.

On the 31st March 2020 we released our first Kubernetes beta and since that release, the beta image had been pulled more than 500,000 times. These numbers exceeded our wildest expectation and indicate to us that we’re doing good, valuable work. I see a bright future for Portainer in the Kube space, but we wouldn’t have got here without the support of the Swarm community and we will never forget you!

It is especially rewarding when we consider how small the group of coders and maintainers are on the Open Source project. Every year we receive masses of feature requests through our GitHub presence (as well as almost 15,000 stars!) which the team combs through every day. Throughout its life, Portainer has received code from just 150 contributors, so the vast majority of the code comes from us. And we love it.

As the founder and I guess the ‘vision holder’ for the product, I am deeply grateful to you all – whether you use Portainer, contribute ideas, a request, code or are part of the team. Thank you all


    • This product is amazing! May the force of Open Source be with you 🙂


    • Totally agree!!!


    • You guys are the best


    • Thanks for supporting Swarm. I hope you don’t just talk about forgetting Swarm users in their role for bringing you to where you are right now. There are several existing tools for k8s and Portainer is loosing its USP when focusing on k8s. And I have tried k8s multiple times using different GUI tools like rancher or kublr and neither was convincing me of switching to k8s mostly for issues and limitations with runing k8s on bare metal. Thus, I’l have to stick with Docker swarm for now no matter wherever your journey is heading to. It’s for sure the simpler ecosystem and preferrable for setups that don’t include Google, Amazon or Microsoft “hardware” by intention.


    • Neil Cresswell

      Hi Thomas, we will continue to support swarm for as long as we have users using it and it remains a viable orchestrator option. We have built such a substantial amount of additional value on top of the Swarm solution, it would be crazy for us to move away from it. Moving forward, we want to add features into Portainer in as close to “lock-step” as possible, meaning features will be available for both Orchestrators in near enough the same time.


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