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Docker Acquires Kitematic

March 12, 2015 – Docker continues to add customer value to its platform.  Kitematic add Mac functionality. Docker Acquires Kitematic


March 12, 2015 From Docker Press – Docker, the corporate sponsor of the open platform for distributed applications, today announced the acquisition of Canadian startup Kitematic and its eponymous, popular open source software tool. The Docker experience is enhanced through Kitematic and its graphical user interface (GUI)-driven workflow that automatically installs Docker on a user’s Mac to build, ship and run Docker containers in just minutes. The ease and speed of the Kitematic workflow has resonated with developers experimenting with Docker for the first time, receiving over 2,600 stars on GitHub in less than six months.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Kitematic team on board to help expand our efforts in creating tooling that enriches the developer experience”

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Kitematic team on board to help expand our efforts in creating tooling that enriches the developer experience,” said Solomon Hykes, chief architect of the Docker Project and founder and CTO of Docker, Inc. “Kitematic reflects our original vision for Docker which was to make a great tooling for developers, who in turn would then use it to make great tools. Adding talented people like the Kitematic team to Docker is how we ensure that we keep focused on tackling new challenges for developers as they arise. We are also proud to announce that the Kitematic tool remains open source and free.”

The first step of the Docker journey to distributed applications starts with building and running a container and through Kitematic that initial step happens in less than five minutes – including the time to download the Kitematic package. Kitematic leverages Docker Machine, one of Docker’s three orchestration tools, to configure a developer’s Mac as a “Docker host” and then subsequently install and run the Docker Engine. The developer is then presented with a catalog of curated content which includes images for Nginx, Minecraft, Redis, and more that they can build, ship and run as Docker containers on their laptop.