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
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.
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