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Rancher on Rancher Desktop

While Rancher and Rancher Desktop share the Rancher name, they do different things. Rancher Desktop is not Rancher on the Desktop. Rancher is a powerful solution to manage Kubernetes clusters. Rancher Desktop runs local Kubernetes and a container management platform. The two solutions complement each other. For example, you can install Rancher as a workload in Rancher Desktop.

This guide outlines steps to install Rancher Dashboard on Rancher Desktop using container runtime or helm (local environment):

nerdctl run --privileged -d --restart=always -p 8080:80 -p 8443:443 rancher/rancher

The installation takes a few minutes to complete. After the installation, you can access the Rancher UI as follows:

In order to access the Rancher UI, you need to get the Bootstrap Password:

1: Get Rancher UI container ID/Name:

nerdctl ps

2: Get the Bootstrap Password:

nerdctl logs [rancherContainerID] 2>&1 | grep "Bootstrap Password:"

3: Bootstrap Password example:

[INFO] Bootstrap Password: 7fwjjw4ldcmnq8ghns22q7nhl5lrznwwt9p9vjljfjc6tqbcvhxmwq

Follow the wizard instructions and click on Continue to land on the main Rancher UI page.

From the Rancher UI, you can manage your local cluster, node, and more. For more information, see Rancher Docs.