Rancher Desktop

Kubernetes and container management on the desktop

Install Rancher Desktop

Great For

Running your choice of Kubernetes versions
Building, pushing, and pulling container images
Local application development in Kubernetes

What is Rancher Desktop?

Rancher Desktop is an open-source desktop application for Mac and Windows that provides Kubernetes and container management. You can choose the version of Kubernetes you want to run. Container images you build or pull are immediately available for Kubernetes because there is a shared container runtime. Rancher Desktop is built on existing stable tools, such as k3s, while itself providing the glue and user experience to make Kubernetes easy to run and use.


Why Rancher Desktop?

Kubernetes Made Simple

Getting started with Kubernetes on your desktop can be a project. Especially if you want to match the version of Kubernetes you run locally to the one you run in production. Rancher Desktop makes it as easy as setting a preference.

Built On Proven Projects

Rancher Desktop leverages proven projects to do the dirty work. That includes containerd, k3s, kubectl, and more. These projects have demonstrated themselves as trustworthy and provide a foundation you can trust.

Coupled Container Management

Container management to build, push, and pull images uses the same container runtime as Kubernetes. Built images are immediately available to use in your local workloads without any pushing, pulling, or copying.


How it Works

Rancher Desktop is an electron based application that wraps other tools while itself providing the user experience to create a simple experience. On MacOS Rancher Desktop leverages a virtual machine to run containerd and Kubernetes. Windows Subsystem for Linux v2 is leveraged for Windows systems. All you need to do is download and run the application.

Racher Desktop Architecture

Get Started

1. Download Rancher Desktop

Download Rancher Desktop

2. Run The App

Run the app you downloaded and it will take care of the rest.