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What is OrbStack?

OrbStack is a fast, light, and simple way to run containers and Linux machines on macOS. It's a supercharged alternative to Docker Desktop and WSL, all in one easy-to-use app.

Keep reading to learn more, or get started right away.

Why OrbStack?

  • ⚡️ Lightning Fast. Starts in 2 seconds, optimized network and file system, fast x86 emulation.
  • 💨 Feather Light. Low CPU and disk usage, battery-friendly, works with less memory, native Swift app.
  • 🍰 Effortlessly Simple. Automatic domain names and migration, CLI & file system integration, VPN and SSH support.
  • ⚙️ Powerful. Run Docker containers, Kubernetes, and Linux distros. Manage containers quickly from your menu bar. Explore volume and image files.

Check the website for demos, or see what we're up to in the changelog.

Getting started

Download the app and open it to get started, or follow the Quick Start guide.

Switching from Docker Desktop or Colima? It's effortless — you'll be up and running in no time.

Issue tracker

For bug reports and feature requests, please use the issue tracker.


If you need help with OrbStack, please start a discussion or email support.


Join our Discord community to connect with other OrbStack users.

Behind the scenes

Interested in the nitty-gritty details behind OrbStack? Check out the architecture overview.