Podman Desktop Companion— The Super Duper UI

Bruno Teixeira
4 min readJun 19, 2022


We very much like CLIs (command line interfaces) as the next DevOps guys, but even we can confess that we will surrender ourselves to a pretty UI along with a good user experience (ex: ArgoCD).

If you have following us, you may have noticed that we enjoy using Podman anywhere we can as a light weight alternative to Docker. If you don't know what Podman is, you can checkout another of our stories Dethroning Docker — The New Stack (podman, buildah, skopeo).

A final piece of the puzzle, much like the Portainer for Docker, is finally here. In this article, we will be exploring Podman Desktop Companion, which is a GUI for Podman AND it also works for traditional Docker.


Podman Desktop Companion is fully cross-platform, meaning there are distributions for Windows, Linux and MacOS (both x86 and arm cpu architectures supported). NOT to be confused with Podman Desktop which is a different project.

In this article, we will focus on Linux, Ubuntu 22.04 in particular.

Unfortunately, while Podman itself is already available in Ubuntu’s default repos, the Podman Desktop Companion is not yet available at the time of writing this. Nonetheless, the installation process is very simple.



Bruno Teixeira

Principal Cloud Engineer with a distributed system’s background, a passion for working with the bleeding edge and an unhealthy obsession for automation.