Docker Swarm on Raspberry Pi 5

Kickstart your journey into container orchestration with Docker Swarm on the powerful Raspberry Pi 5, mastering the essentials of deploying and managing a robust, scalable microservices architecture.

By Kevin McAleer,    3 Minutes

Docker Swarm on Raspberry Pi 5

Welcome to Docker Swarm on Raspberry Pi 5

Embark on an exciting journey to master Docker Swarm, the powerful container orchestration tool, optimized for the Raspberry Pi 5. This course is designed to take you from a beginner to a proficient user, capable of deploying and managing a scalable and resilient Docker Swarm cluster. Whether you’re a hobbyist, a professional seeking to enhance your DevOps skills, or an educator looking to introduce your students to the world of microservices, this course offers the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience you need.

Who This Course Is For

  • Hobbyists: Explore the capabilities of your Raspberry Pi 5 by deploying real-world applications.
  • Professionals: Enhance your DevOps portfolio with practical skills in container orchestration using Docker Swarm.
  • Educators and Students: A comprehensive curriculum designed to introduce and solidify concepts in container orchestration and microservices architecture.

Course Overview

This course covers everything from setting up your first Raspberry Pi 5 to deploying complex applications across a Docker Swarm cluster. By the end, you’ll have a deep understanding of how Docker Swarm works, how to manage and scale services dynamically, and how to ensure your cluster remains healthy and secure.

Key Topics Include

  • Building the Cluster: Step-by-step instructions on initializing your Docker Swarm, adding nodes, and configuring the network.
  • Deploying Applications: Learn to define, deploy, and manage multi-container applications using Docker Compose and Swarm Stacks.
  • Monitoring and Maintenance: Tools and practices for monitoring your cluster’s health and performance, and strategies for regular maintenance.
  • Project-Based Learning: Real-world projects to apply what you’ve learned, reinforcing concepts and skills.


  • Basic knowledge of Linux command line.
  • Familiarity with basic networking concepts.
  • Docker introduction course; available here.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • One or more Raspberry Pi 5 units.
  • SD cards and an SD card reader.
  • Network connection (Ethernet or Wi-Fi).
  • Access to a computer for initial setup and SSH.

Let’s Get Started

Prepare to dive into the world of Docker Swarm with your Raspberry Pi 5. This course is your gateway to mastering container orchestration, enabling you to deploy scalable, resilient applications with ease. Whether you’re building a home lab, enhancing your professional skills, or incorporating new technologies into your curriculum, you’re on the right path.

Happy Learning!

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