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This FAQ is a work in progress designed to answer the questions our users most frequently ask about Rancher Desktop.

Q: Is Rancher Desktop a desktop version of Rancher?

A: No, Rancher Desktop is not Rancher on the desktop. Installing Rancher Desktop does not install Rancher, but you can install Rancher as a workload.

Rancher Desktop is similar to applications like minikube, kind, or Docker Desktop where the goal is to have an easy to set up local Kubernetes environment to manage containers.

Q: Can I have Docker Desktop installed alongside Rancher Desktop?

A: Yes, there are no conflicts having both installed.

For Rancher Desktop v0.6.1 and earlier, you can even run both simultaneously if resources permit. This may change for future releases.