I’ve been using Docker for about 5y and up until now have tested a large number of  various images. Some official some community driven but no matter who is maintaining it, if it’s a useful product that I need I’ll use it.

So this is my list of my top 10 images that I can’t function without on a daily basis.

01 Bitwarden

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/bitwardenrs/server
* URL: https://bitwarden.com
Bitwarden - your personal self hosted password manager

This product has changed my point of view regarding security for sure. I have to admit I was never a fan of password managers but BW as a self host solution has changed that. Never wanted to have to pay for a password manager let alone to have the data hosted God knows where. BW with it self host model and fact that it’s supported on all major desktop and mobile platforms as well as a browser plugin has quickly made on the top of my list. If you are in a market for a password manager, look no further. More info on how to set it up in your Docker environment have a look here: https://www.blackvoid.club/tag/bitwarden/

02 Rocket.Chat

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/rocketchat/rocket.chat
* URL: https://rocket.chat
Rocket.Chat - private SLACK/MatterMost alternative for team collaboration

Rocket chat as an image and app has got in my scope about 3y ago but only about 1,5y ago have I really started to see the need for it. It quickly became my go to platform for communication along side some other free/commercial solutions out there of course. RC is also an open project self hosted platform that’s trying to win the spot as the best free open source alternative to SLACK, Microsoft Teams and the likes of that. Also it’s biggest open source (partial) alternative is Mattermost. Even though RC is still not as polished as before mentioned MM, it’s still my 1st choice. In a very active development RC is about to hit its new 3.1 version any day now. Highly recommended for private small or large communication (text and audio/video). On how to set it up have a look here: https://www.blackvoid.club/rocket-chat-slack-alternative-with-mongodb-as-backend/

03 Grafana

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/grafana/grafana
* URL: https://grafana.com
Grafana - one stop dashboard central for all your needs

Yet another self hosted solution out there and imho one of the best for all your dashboard needs. It it’s graphs, charts, or any other table metric that you want to present in almost any way imaginable, Grafana is the solution for you. With a large number of potential data sources you can monitor and display any device that you own. From a weather station to any IoT laying around as well as your NAS, PC, smart devices, etc. Personally I use Grafana to monitor all my NAS devices because the Resource Monitor in DSM is... well, you know.

04 Portainer

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/portainer/portainer
* URL: https://www.portainer.io
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Portainer - a must have platform for your Docker managment

If you start getting into Docker universe you will quickly realize that using Synology Docker UI has its advantages but also has a few disadvantages. One of those disadvantages is for example an overview of your volumes in use, unused images, option to deploy containers that require mapping to some sections of your host that’s not accessible via DSM ui and so on. Portainer is a web ui platform that will connect to your docker host and allow you to fully use all of Docker potential (if you are not into CLI). Another great thing is that if you are running multiple docker hosts then you can add access to them via a single Portainer UI, eliminating the need for multiple Portainer instances. Under a regular development, Portainer is simply a must for any Docker user.

05 Ghost (blog)

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/_/ghost
* URL: https://ghost.org
Ghost blog - publishing platform for content creators

Believe it or not this was my first Docker image that I have ever tested. This was also my first image that thought me what a mapped volume is and how you can use it for days and days and then just lose it all after a single reboot. Fun time ha? Joke aside. This blog is running Ghost as its backend and it keeps getting better and better. Still no matter how powerful, stable and easy it is to use, it’s not without its minuses. If I had to point fingers I would mention two of them. First, comments. Ghost does not have a built in comment feature. Shame really, but still it opens up possibilities to run your custom solution, such as Commento that this blog is also running (my 6th place app). Also, search. Search as a function is also missing. But let me clarify. The search inside Ghost does exist but it can’t be used to search articles or their content. Shame and kind of strange right? Still, just like with comments, there are third party solutions for that that work great (also implemented on this blog). All in all, I see no reason to change my blog platform anytime soon. Self hosted, completely, custom and open, what more could you want?

06 Commento

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://gitlab.com/commento/commento (pulled via ssh)
* URL: https://commento.io
Commento - light commenting platform with privacy in mind

As I previously mentioned Ghost is running without any commenting features or options. I didn’t even wanna start with this blog if it didn’t had a commenting section and I refused to use some other free or commercial options out there. Commento is private, anonymous commenting solution that works with many blog platforms and allows you to use one Commento instance and deploy it on multiple sites (domains) that you own. In active development, this light solution is great for all your small or major needs. If you are interested how to use it and deploy it have a read here: https://www.blackvoid.club/commento/

07 Tiny Tiny RSS (TTRSS)

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/wangqiru/ttrss
* URL: https://tt-rss.org
TTRSS platform running via Reeder application (Mac)

O boy. I have no idea how I would function without RSS as my main source of information. Just to make one thing clear. I hate reading news portals, ads, popups and anything else that can keep me away and distracted from the actual information that I need. Reader mode in a browser is fine, but having a single solution for all your news sources, that’s what TTRSS is all about. As one of few news aggregator solutions out there that you can host yourself, its been on my top 10 list for a long long time. I honestly can’t recall when was the last time that I read news or articles and not initiated it from within an RSS application. More info here: https://www.blackvoid.club/rss-dying-platform-or-the-right-way-to-read-the-news/

08 Radarr

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/linuxserver/radarr
* URL: https://radarr.video
Radarr - Movie media download manager

Now this is a platform that I can’t live without as well. Staying on top of all the media coming out these days, Radarr is an open source project for all your movie needs. Simply put, if you are looking to have your movie media up to date with the latest movies, Radarr is the tool for you. No other comes close to it and thats final. It takes a bit of time to get it up and running (configuration vise) but once you are done, its fire and forget. With options to connect to your IMDB, trakt.tv and similar movie list, getting new titles in its scope will be simple as pushing a button. Depending how well you wanna streamline your whole Radarr setup, you can have it fully automatic from start to finish. Give it a spin and see for you self.

09 Sonarr

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/linuxserver/sonarr
* URL: https://sonarr.tv
Sonarr - TV show media download manager

Just like Radarr, Sonarr is the same solution only for TV shows. If movies are not your cup of tea, maybe tv shows are (personally I prefer a great tv show over a movie any day). Radarr and Sonarr are usually on people list back to back, considering how much content is coming out these days so if you wanna stay current on your favorite tv show, Sonarr is the platform for you.

10 Tautulli

* self-hosted; open source
* docker image: https://hub.docker.com/r/linuxserver/tautulli
* URL: https://tautulli.com
Tautulli - Plex media monitoring platform

Lastly, No10. Tautulli also known as PlexPy is a PLEX metric system that was developed as a result of poor options within Plex server (a while back). Since a few years back, you couldn’t get any info on how much time you have spend watching your Plex content, how many users you have and what are they watching, what was the top tv show last month that anyone using your Plex server was watching etc… Now someone might say, why do I need all that, but If you are sharing your server with friends and family, keeping track and staying on top of things will become important. I said a moment ago that this was the case since a few years back, but things have changed. Nowadays, Plex server also offers certain (not all) feature that Tautulli does as well. Just to make it clear, Tautulli is still the best and this and its features are second to none, including Plex server. So, if you wanna know every little hidden detail of your Plex server and its usage and users, Tautulli is your platform.

Conslusion

Even though I use many other Docker images daily, these are the ones that I use the most and are a must have for my day to day operations. I’m sure this will change over time but guessing not much and If I do get a new container running that’s worth mentioning, you can be sure I’ll write about here.

Whats your top 10 docker lineup? Have any interesting solutions to share? Let me hear about it in comment section.