Podman, short for Pod Manager, is a daemonless container engine and a drop-in replacement for Docker. It can be used in both root and non-root mode.

Starting with Red Hat Enterprise 8, Podman replaces Docker.

Pros include:

  • No privileged daemon which is both a security risk and a single point of failure
  • Works like docker with similar commands
  • Docker images are compatible (based on OCI spec)
  • Root-less containers
  • Built with Kubernetes in mind (generates kube specs)


  • No docker-compose equivalent.


  • /var/lib/containers instead of /var/lib/docker
  • Images also located at ~/.local/share/containers

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