Podman As Docker Replacement

Quick Introduction To Podman

Many daemons run with root user privileges which can be a security vulnerability because of access to read any file, install programs and edit applications.

Podman allows a regular user to manager their pods (containers) without the need for root user privileges. Podman can be used as an alternative to Docker on Linux and other operating systems such as MacOS and Windows.

By default, Podman stores containers in your home folder. This could be an issue if the home folder is on a smaller drive or partition (common for smaller faster SSD Drives). It is possible to move the container storage to another location.

Podman was originally used to compile PHP for the Learning PHP eBook.

This tutorial will create a container that uses Fedora Linux and Apache Web Server to run a simple index.html

For this example, I will assume that Podman is installed on your platform of choice. A text document that contains all the commands a user could call to assemble an image is called a Dockerfile when using Docker. Podman can use any name for the reference and I will called it a Dockerfile so that Docker fans can follow along by replacing “podman” with “docker”.


FROM fedora:latest
RUN dnf -y update && dnf -y install httpd git  && dnf clean all
COPY index.html /var/www/html/index.html
COPY index.html /var/www/html/index.html

Build And Run

podman build --tag fedora:myhttpd -f ./Dockerfile
podman run -p 8080:80 --name myhttpd --rm fedora:myhttpd


Open your web browser and point it to http:localhost:8080 and then wait for the HTML page to load.


Podman Build Container
Podman Build Container

Podman Fedora Linux Container Running Apache Web Server
Podman Fedora Linux Container Running Apache Web Server


In summary, Podman can be used a replacement for Docker. Podman uses the same commands as Docker and is daemonless, allowing a regular user to manage containers.