What is Moby?
Moby is an open framework created by Docker to assemble specialized container systems without reinventing the wheel. It provides a “lego set” of dozens of standard components and a framework for assembling them into custom platforms. At the core of Moby is a framework to assemble specialized container systems which provides:
A library of containerized components for all vital aspects of a container system: OS, container runtime, orchestration, infrastructure management, networking, storage, security, build, image distribution, etc.
Tools to assemble the components into runnable artifacts for a variety of platforms and architectures: bare metal (both x86 and Arm); executables for Linux, Mac and Windows; VM images for popular cloud and virtualization providers.
A set of reference assemblies which can be used as-is, modified, or used as inspiration to create your own. All Moby components are containers, so creating new components is as easy as building a new OCI-compatible container.
Moby uses containerd as the default container runtime.
Moby IS RECOMMENDED for anyone who wants to assemble a container-based system.
- Hackers who want to customize or patch their Docker build
- System engineers or integrators building a container system
- Infrastructure providers looking to adapt existing container systems to their environment
- Container enthusiasts who want to experiment with the latest container tech
- Open-source developers looking to test their project in a variety of different systems
- Anyone curious about Docker internals and how it’s built
Moby is NOT recommended for the following use cases:
- Application developers looking for an easy way to run their applications in containers. We recommend Docker CE instead.
- Enterprise IT and development teams looking for a ready-to-use, commercially supported container platform. We recommend Docker EE instead.
- Anyone curious about containers and looking for an easy way to learn. We recommend the docker.com website instead
You can get started with Moby by running some of the examples assemblies in the LinuxKit GitHub repository.