menu
Tools

Packer

ARCHIVED BLIP
Please be aware that we have archived this blip and are no longer actively keeping the information updated. The current edition of the radar only features items that we feel are new or noteworthy.Understand more
ADOPT?

Machine images have become a staple of modern deployment pipelines, and there are a number of tools and techniques to create the images. Because of its comprehensive feature set and the positive experiences we've had with it, we recommend Packer over the alternatives. We also recommend against trying to write custom scripts to do what Packer does out of the box.

History for Packer

Nov 2016
Adopt?

Machine images have become a staple of modern deployment pipelines, and there are a number of tools and techniques to create the images. Because of its comprehensive feature set and the positive experiences we've had with it, we recommend Packer over the alternatives. We also recommend against trying to write custom scripts to do what Packer does out of the box.

Jan 2015
Trial?

We featured 'Machine image as a build artifact' in the last Radar, as an excellent way to implement fast spin-up, immutable servers. The thing holding this technique back was the difficulty in building images, especially when targeting more than one platform. Packer solves this, using your configuration management tool of choice to create images for a number of platforms including AWS, Rackspace, DigitalOcean and even Docker and Vagrant, although we have found the VMWare support to be problematic.

Jul 2014
Trial?
We featured 'Machine image as a build artifact' in the last Radar, as an excellent way to implement fast spin-up, immutable servers. The thing holding this technique back was the difficulty in building images, especially when targeting more than one platform. Packer solves this, using your configuration management tool of choice to create images for a number of platforms including AWS, Rackspace, DigitalOcean and even Docker and Vagrant, although we have found the VMWare support to be problematic.
Learn more about our approach to assessing technology & build your own radar Get StartedNo thanks