Docker desktop alternative for mac

If you are part of an organization with 250 employees or revenue of $10M, the free usage of ‘Docker Desktop’ is no longer available. While developers don’t necessarily require a graphical user interface (UI) for working with Docker, having an alternative to run Docker containers is essential. Thankfully, there are several macOS-friendly alternatives to consider. I personally tried Podman, which offers a graphical UI but found it to be somewhat slow during startup and initialization.

If you’re looking to uninstall Docker Desktop from your Mac and remove any related files, follow these steps:

  1. Install Docker using Homebrew:
    • Run ‘brew install docker’
    • Run ‘brew install docker-compose’
    • Run ‘brew install colima’
  2. Remove the ‘cred:desktop’ line from the ~/.docker/config.json file. Your updated ~/.docker/config.json should resemble the following:cat ~/.docker/config.json { “auths”: {}, “currentContext”: “colima” }
  3. Start the daemon using Colima:
    • Run ‘colima start’
  4. You can now utilize Docker commands as you did before:
    • Run ‘docker info’

By following these steps, you can continue working with Docker on your macOS machine without relying on Docker Desktop.