Kubernetes made easy

No more CLI. No more mistakes. Just simple, fast K8s configuration and management in an intuitive Kubernetes GUI, built on a trusted open source platform.

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Take the YAML out of Kubernetes

Kubernetes is complex. Portainer makes it easy. It's that simple.

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Kubernetes is one of the greatest technology innovations of the last 5 years. It has unleashed a radical wave of change in regards to how organizations design, build, and run digital solutions. However, Kubernetes was never designed to be directly interfaced by humans, as it is fundamentally an API-enabled solution with a CLI added to enable user input. To engage with Kubernetes users need specialized skills, which makes the barrier to entry for organizations trying to deploy K8s high.

At Portainer.io, we believe Kubernetes should be available to everyone, not only those that can afford to invest in retooling and retraining their staff. Portainer support for Kubernetes has been crafted in a way that makes sense to humans, allowing operators to control Kubernetes in a natural language manner. Portainer absorbs the complexity of deploying and maintaining the Kubernetes environment, which makes Portainer your virtual SRE.


Portainer works with all flavors of Kubernetes (MicroK8s, K3s, K8s Native, OpenShift, AKS, EKS, DOKS etc.), either self-hosted or managed. Its intuitive interface allows users to manage, monitor and maintain every aspect of your environment, which dramatically reduces the barrier to entry. By using Portainer your team do not need to learn how to write Kubernetes specific code (manifests etc), or remember the Kubernetes command line syntax, or terminology - they can just get on with the job of developing apps.

Portainer implements and enforces sane defaults so as to ensure any app deployed is safe and secure. In addition, Portainer includes a comprehensive rules and validation engine, so that your deployments work within Kubernetes constraints. The tool abstracts all of the Kubernetes syntax and translates it into easy to understand, natural language deployment intentions. There’s no need to know what a persistent volume claim is, or understand the difference between a StatefulSet, DaemonSet, and ReplicaSet. There’s also no need to worry about running out of resources and deployments failing. Portainer has you covered.

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Key Kubernetes Features

  • Intuitive Kubernetes GUI
  • Deploy even the most complex apps in seconds
  • Segment your cluster into resource pools, and securely assign resources to individuals or teams
  • Visually monitor how memory and CPU is used
  • Deploy load balanced or proxied applications with ease
  • Monitor events and the applications running in each node
  • Convert docker-compose format file to yaml compatible with k8s.
  • Troubleshoot and monitor apps, volumes, configurations in a few clicks
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Securing Kubernetes

Portainer incorporates a range of advanced Kubernetes features suitable for business use, including:


  • Ability for an administrator to allow/disable resource over-commitment
  • Allow/disable access to the Default Kubernetes Namespace (default resource pool)
  • Ability to set and enforce a storage quota per Portainer Resource Pool per Storage Type
  • Ability to set and enforce a network load balancer deployment quota per Portainer resource pool

Portainer includes native support for Kubernetes RBAC, allowing you to assign one of five predefined roles to your users, ensuring that their in-app capabilities match their skills and role. In addition, through the quota feature, Administrators can assign capacity limits for CPU RAM network storage – so that your users operate within their fair share allocation.

Portainer has you covered at every step of the way, so that you can focus on what matters most for you: developing/deploying/shipping faster