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Working with Compose

Podman Desktop supports the Compose specification, and can:

  • Set up a Compose engine.
  • Manage multi-container applications defined in Compose files.


  1. You set up Compose.

  2. You have a Compose file.

  3. You run a Compose engine on the Compose file.

  4. The Compose engine starts the containers and services, and adds a label to each resource:

    • Container label: com.docker.compose.project
    • Service label: com.docker.compose.service
  5. Podman Desktop detects the Compose labels, and displays the container group as a group of containers.