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Sneak peak – Portainer as a Docker Desktop Extension.

Good things approach to those who wait and this is definitely a fine 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 formally announce their launch at DockerCon 22 in early May and I’m thrilled to announce that Portainer is 1 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 acquainted, here’s the official Docker description of an Extension:

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

We are formally a trusted ecosystem partner and that’s pretty cool IMHO. It’s testament to 5 years of hard work building superior 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 native Docker environment than what is available inside Docker Desktop.

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

The video below gives you a fine 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 necessary 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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