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Rancher is an open source project that provides a complete platform for operating Docker in production. It provides infrastructure services such as multi-host networking, global and local load balancing, and volume snapshots. It integrates native Docker management capabilities such as Docker Machine and Docker Swarm. It offers a rich user experience that enables devops admins to operate Docker in production at large scale.

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Rancher is deployed as a set of Docker containers. Running Rancher is a simple as launching two containers. One container as the management server and another container on a node as an agent. You can install the containers in following approaches.


  • Docker 1.9.1+
  • Any modern Linux distribution that supports Docker 1.9.1+. (Ubuntu, RHEL/CentOS 7 are more heavily tested.) Rancher also works with RancherOS.
  • RAM: 1GB+

Launching Management Server

docker run -d --restart=always -p 8080:8080 rancher/server

The UI and API are available on the exposed port 8080.

Using Rancher

To learn more about using Rancher, please refer to our Rancher Documentation.

Source Code

This repo is a meta-repo used for packaging. The source code for Rancher is in other repos in the rancher organization. The majority of the code is in

Support, Discussion, and Community

If you need any help with Rancher or RancherOS, please join us at either our Rancher forums or #rancher IRC channel where most of our team hangs out at.

Please submit any Rancher bugs, issues, and feature requests to rancher/rancher.

Please submit any RancherOS bugs, issues, and feature requests to rancher/os.

Copyright (c) 2014-2016 Rancher Labs, Inc.

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