What is Docksal?

Docksal is a tool for defining and managing development environments. It uses Docker to create fully containerized environments, along with VirtualBox to support macOS and Windows. Its main feature is the inclusion of a command-line tool called fin that simplifies the management of all components.

Docksal comes preloaded with common development tools, e.g., Composer, PHP Code Sniffer, php-cli, node, npm, ruby, bundler, and python. For Drupal and WordPress development, it comes with drush, Drupal Console, and WP-CLI.

There is built-in support for Apache Solr, Varnish, Memcache, Selenium, and Behat. And since services are containerized with Docker, any other service needed for a project can be added.

Key features

Docksal does more than simply manage containers. Below is a list of some of Docksal's key features. While it is not limited to these features, we think you'll find these to be some of its main selling points.

  • Fully containerized environments
    • all projects stay separated from each other
    • each can have its own requirements
    • each can have different versions of the same service
    • each can be managed independently (start, stop, restart, trash, etc.)
    • each can be extended with any service you want
  • Zero-configuration projects - with two commands you can be up and running with an AMP stack without having to create or understand any configurations
  • Easy to create configurations to partially or fully override any defaults
  • Tools such as drush, console, and WP-CLI are built-in so you don't need to have them installed locally
  • Automatic virtual host configuration
  • Support for custom commands using any interpreter you want
  • Easily share your site over the internet using ngrok. This lets show your project to others without having to move your project to a web host somewhere