How to Deploy Portainer with Podman on Linux

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Podman is a fantastic Docker alternative, yet challenges arise when attempting to utilize Docker images in Podman, particularly those only compatible with Docker like Portainer.

Yet, there is a certain way by which you can easily use Docker images like Portainer on the Podman (the main topic of this article).

If you’re not familiar with Portainer, you can read our article on β€œPortainer Server on Linuxβ€œ, but for a quick overview, it’s a web-based GUI application that simplifies the deployment, management, and monitoring of containerized applications.

So, let’s keep aside all the things and focus on our main topic: how to deploy Portainer on Podman in Linux.

Tutorial Details

DescriptionPortainer Server on Podman
Difficulty LevelModerate
Root or Sudo PrivilegesNo
OS CompatibilityUbuntu, Manjaro, Fedora, etc.
Internet RequiredYes

How to Deploy Portainer with Podman on Linux

The Portainer can be easily deployed on Podman with a few modifications in the command, but before showcasing that, make sure that Podman is installed and running on your Linux system.

So to correctly setup the Portainer with Podman to manage your Podman, follow the below steps one by one.

Step 1: Pulling the Official Portainer Image

1. If you haven’t already, install Podman on your Linux system by executing:

$ sudo apt install podman                                                                             #For Debian 11+ or Ubuntu 20.10+
$ sudo dnf install podman                                                                             #For Fedora
$ sudo yum install podman                                                                           #For CentOS
$ sudo pacman -S podman                                                                           #For Arch or Manjaro
$ sudo zypper install podman                                                                      #For OpenSUSE
$ sudo emerge app-containers/podman                                                   #For Gentoo
$ sudo apk add podman                                                                                #For Alpine Linux
$ brew install podman                                                                                   #For Homebrew

2. Once the installation is complete, pull the latest official Portainer Community Edition image by running:

$ podman pull


pulling portainer image on podman

3. To verify the image was successfully pulled, run:

$ podman images


verifying portainer image pulled in podman

Now that the image is pulled, there are two ways to run Portainer with Podman: either as root or rootless (recommended). Let’s get started.

Step 2.1: Deploying the Portainer Server on Podman with Root

1. Begin by activating the Podman socket at system level through this systemctl command:

$ sudo systemctl enable --now podman.socket


running podman service at system level

2. Run the Portainer in a Podman root environment by running:

$ podman run -d -p 9443:9443 --privileged -v /run/podman/podman.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:Z


running portainer on podman in root environment

That’s it. Now you can check out this section to continue.

Step 2.2: Deploying the Portainer Server on Podman without Root

1. To run the Portainer server on Podman in a rootless environment, you have to enable the Podman socket for your user by running:

$ systemctl --user enable --now podman.socket


running podman service at user level

2. Run the Portainer in a Podman rootless environment by running:

$ podman run -d -p 9443:9443 -p 8000:8000 --security-opt label=disable --name=portainer --restart=always -v /run/user/$(id -u)/podman/podman.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:Z -v portainer_data:/data


running portainer on podman in rootless environment

Step 3: Verifying the Portainer Container Status

When you launch the Portainer on Podman, you can verify the container is running with the following command:

$ podman ps


verifying the status of portainer

Additionally, when Portainer launched, it also created a volume, which is verifiable by executing:

$ podman volume ls


verifying the portainer volume

The Portainer will use this volume to ensure persistent data storage across reboots.

Step 4: Accessing the Portainer

To open the Portainer web interface, just launch your preferred web browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, on the same machine or a device connected to the same network and navigate to β€œhttps://IP-ADDRESS:9443” (where IP-ADDRESS represents the IP address of your Linux instance running Portainer).

Make sure to include β€œhttpsβ€œ, or else you might encounter the β€œClient sent an HTTP request to an HTTPS server.” screen.

When accessing Portainer for the first time, you may encounter an insecure SSL warning. Just follow the instructions displayed in the image below.

portainer insecure ssl warning message

Next, a user configuration screen will appear. From here, you have to type an admin username and then add and verify a password for the new user.

Lastly, you can uncheck the telemetry data and continue by clicking the β€œCreate User” button, which will take you to the Portainer UI.

configuring portainer on podman

Here, you can add new environments or immediately begin by clicking β€œGet Startedβ€œ.

portainer home screen running on podman

After clicking β€œGet Startedβ€œ, you’ll see the local environment listed in the Portainer UI.

environments in portainer running on podman

That’s it; now you can easily manage Podman using the Portainer UI.

Final Word

I hope you’ll find this article valuable. If there are additional tools in your Podman setup exclusively available for Docker, please share them in the comments.

Till then, peace!

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