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    Hi! We're Dan and Jay. We're a two person team with a passion for open source products. We created Server Side Up to help share what we learn.

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    What's spin?

    Stop wasting time fixing production issues you've already solved. Spin is a bash utility that improves the user-experience for teams using Docker. Replicate any environment on any machine, regardless if they are running MacOS, Windows, or Linux. Centralize your infrastructure from a single configuration file using Docker.

    Spin is a wrapper script that dramatically improves the developer experience when working with Docker. Spin uses officially supported features and best practices from Docker. It takes 70 character commands and simplifies them down to 7 characters.


    • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux (using Docker)
    • Language independent (works with PHP, Node, Ruby, Python, etc)
    • Install as project dependency or to your system
    • Intelligent & Automated docker image updates on every startup
    • Follows Docker standards, so there's no extra syntax to learn


    We understand that spin isn't the first tool on the planet that solves the pain of managing development environments. Here is how it compares:

    Laravel Sail

    We love Laravel Sail, but it focuses specifically on development. Sail uses Docker, but you won't be able to run Sail's configurations in production.

    Although spin is not specifically designed for production (read more), Spin enables the system administrator to easily re-use the configurations of Spin in production if you use Docker Swarm.

    You should consider spin over Laravel Sail if:

    • You want your production environment and development environment to be 100% the same
    • You want to use spin on other projects that do not use PHP or Laravel


    • Vagrant is intended for development machines only
    • Vagrant is pretty heavy when it comes to image size and performance requirements


    • You would never run MAMP in production


    Kubernetes is great, but over complicated for most apps. If you need greater than 99.999% uptime (and it makes business sense to pay the price for that uptime), then Kubernetes might be a great fit for you.


    We suggest reading our Introduction & Concepts to learn how to install `spin.

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