Sneak peak - Portainer as a Docker Desktop Extension.

by Neil Cresswell, on April 19, 2022

Good things come to those who wait and this is definitely a good thing we’ve been waiting for.

 If you’re a Docker Desktop user and you don’t know about Docker Extensions then you need to try harder. Docker will officially announce their launch at DockerCon 22 in early May and I’m thrilled to announce that Portainer is one of the first. We can’t reveal everything just yet, but we can give you a sneak peek at what we’ll be announcing in May.

For those not familiar, here’s the official Docker description of an Extension:

“Docker Extensions allow users to easily discover and integrate new functionality and additional developer tools into Docker Desktop. They offer a breadth of familiar experiences that integrate with Docker Desktop so you can speed up innovation without having to learn new patterns. Docker Extensions are built with the developer experience in mind and include official tools built by Docker and our trusted ecosystem partners.”

We are officially a trusted ecosystem partner and that’s pretty cool IMHO. It’s testament to 5 years of hard work building awesome tools for the Docker community that make container management super simple.

The Portainer extension allows Docker Desktop users to spin up and run a version of Portainer CE (our free open source product) natively inside Docker Desktop, which gives users a far richer UI for managing their local Docker environment than what is available inside Docker Desktop.

And because Portainer now supports Kubernetes, the extension allows Desktop users to deploy images directly into any Kubernetes environment they are connected to with a few clicks and in doing so, radically simplifying the pathway from Docker (Desktop) to Kubernetes.

The video below gives you a good overview of what’s coming.


The formal announcement is at DockerCon and I can’t wait to share the story with the Docker community as it’s arguably the single most important advancement in our history and will (hopefully) see Portainer adopted by many thousands (if not millions) more developers.

Thank you Docker Community. I’m a very proud man.


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