It’s time to replace Docker Desktop with Podman on macOS.
I don’t need a GUI for running a simple container and I won’t continue to use soemthing that needs root permission during it’s install/upgrade process.
Also with the big change: Docker Desktop no longer free for large companies: New ‘Business’ subscription is here
In addition, I use podman to run containers on my workstation, servers and orchestrator (Nomad) so it’s more logic to uniformize the stack.
The easy way is using Homebrew
brew install podman
Now, we need to setup the machine
In my case, I’ve to customize it:
podman machine init --cpus 2 --memory 4096 --disk-size 50
Default values are sufficient if you’re not doing hard work.
I haven’t added a custom name so it’ll use the default
I use aliases in my
alias docker="podman" alias podmanstart="podman machine start podman-machine-default" alias podmanstop="podman machine stop podman-machine-default"
After starting using
podmanstart, we’ll try to use port forwarding:
podman pull docker.io/library/nginx podman run --rm -d --name nginx -p 8888:80 nginx curl 127.0.0.1:8888
If curl fails with this meesage
curl: (7) Failed to connect to 127.0.0.1 port 8888 after 6 ms: Connection refused
You need to apply the fix after doing this clean stop
podman stop nginx podman rmi nginx podmanstop
The fix for port forwarding is adding this lien in
rootless_networking = "cni"
All done, you can work correctly and you can replace docker-compose with podman-compose