Celebrating 500K Downloads: The Podman Desktop Journey 🎉

Hello Podman community! 

Today is a special day for all of us – we’ve officially hit 500,000 downloads of Podman Desktop! We want to say a big thanks to each and every one of you. 

It feels like yesterday that Podman Desktop was merely an idea. Over the last year, the initiative started with different groups and multiple prototypes have been made. This allowed us to understand the real need and interest for a desktop GUI. More importantly, it helped define our mission and goal: enable simple workflows for developers working with containers and Kubernetes. 

More and more of you are leveraging Podman Desktop in your daily developer workflows and this is truly amazing! 

What makes Podman Desktop special?

Podman Desktop is completely open source. Some of you have been contributing in many different ways but your feedback and your use cases are central to the way we prioritize our efforts on the tool. We love to hear from you, we love to understand the pain points you are facing in your daily workflows, and that is the core foundation of how we operate. 

Thank you to all of you who have been contributing and helping the tool to be what it is today – either by reporting a bug, or proposing a pull request! 

More than anything, with Podman Desktop, we aim to bridge the gaps between a developer environment and a production environment – so you can benefit from consistency and predictability to streamline your developer workflows. 

If you still haven’t seen what Podman Desktop can do, give a look at this quick overview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeJ_cwdoQm8 

Intro video on Podman Desktop

On to the next milestone: 1M downloads!

The journey has just begun for Podman Desktop and we are committed to improve, enhance and mature it everyday. We’ll continue to focus on experiences working with containers. In the next few months we’ll also enrich the capabilities for working with Kubernetes – and obviously continue on our mission to help you transition from containers, to pods, to Kubernetes. 

If you are interested in contributing, we would like to invite you to join the following discussions: 

  1. Inspect objects in Kubernetes deployment environments – We will expand our Kubernetes (K8s) capabilities with a new K8s dashboard and additional K8s objects support so you can better understand and compare K8s environments. Review our early ideas and tell us what would help you.
  2. Install and configure additional features more easilyCheck out our designs for an upcoming onboarding feature to provide guided walkthroughs to help you install and configure new container capabilities.
  3. Find answers to questions quickly and easily Podman Desktop’s documentation is expanded and improved; what are we missing? What would you like to see us cover? Let us know.

Final Thoughts

Thank you again to our users and contributors. We’re more than happy with this milestone and we are looking forward to the next one! 

Please continue to help the project, by reporting issues and feedback. You can also show your support in three ways:

With gratitude,

The Podman and Podman Desktop teams!

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