Portainer CE Overview

Portainer Community Edition 2.0 is the heart of our community

Portainer allows you to easily build, manage and maintain containerized environments without the need to know CLI, YAML or any other complex syntax. It makes life simple, but not at the expense of functionality or capability. In fact, quite the opposite.

Once operational, Portainer CE 2.0 allows you to reliably and quickly create, operate and trouble shoot your containerized environments, which saves you time and reduces the error rate. Portainer also gives administrators granular control over who can do what so you can operate in the confidence that Portainer has got your back.

Portainer works in the same way across all of the major orchestration platforms including Kubernetes, allowing you to move between orchestrators seamlessly, without having to learn any new code or commands.

With over 500,000 regular users Portainer CE users love:

  • Click-to-configure UI that covers 100% of essential CLI actions
  • Enhanced functions, not available from the CLI
  • ‘Expert configuration’ pre-built into the software
  • Pre-built app templates install industry-standard software at a click
  • Aggregate view of clusters
  • Log viewer
  • Remote console with process performance viewer
  • Fine grained access controls for specific functionality

Forever Free Container Management

Provided as open core software under the zlib license, Portainer CE 2.0 is 100% free with its source code readily available on GitHub.

Community and Support

Portainer CE has an active user community, which is well worth joining. It has a great range of Portainer resources and member-only assistance for novice and experts alike.

Portainer functionality

Home Screen

See a list of all the endpoints defined within Portainer; search by tag/keyword/ip/name; select to manage

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Dashboard

Overview of the selected endpoint, see “at a glance” what is running in the environment

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Stacks

See all Stacks running

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Services

See the services running across the cluster; scale with a click and setting the new number

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Containers

List all containers running on the node or across all nodes in the cluster

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Images

List all images across all nodes in the cluster

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Networks

List all networks defined across the cluster

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Volumes

List all volumes (either auto-created, or named volumes) across all nodes in the cluster

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Configs

Create a config to be stored in the Swarm DB, and assigned to a service

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Secrets

Create an encoded secret to be stored in the Swarm DB, and assigned to a service

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Swarm

Display information about the Swarm cluster

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User Management

Create Teams (groups) within Portainer

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Endpoints

Add new endpoints to Portainer for Management

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Registries

Add custom registries

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Settings

Change Portainer settings

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