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Welcome to the Qlico documentation

Qlico is an open-source project that makes it easier to run your (web) project inside Docker, at the moment it’s just a set of configuration files.

It aims to accelerate development teams by using Docker in their development workflow by using a hassle-free Docker stack.

Why should I use Qlico instead of X?

  • Easy configuration, just pick the parts you'll need
  • Easy to use your own configuration files
  • Easy to extend
  • Close to the default docker-compose experience but everything is tested
  • When using qlico in a team, you can use defaults in your project configurations, for example postgres13 for PostgreSQL 13, percona8 for Percona 8, etc.


Best Docker experience

Getting started

To start using Qlico please use the Quick start.


Qlico started as a "side" project in 2017, we were using multiple Dockerfiles (for PHP 5, PHP 7, etc.), and mounting all the projects inside one webserver (Apache). This was really slow (on macOS), and it was not possible to change the PHP version per project, all the projects were using php5, php7 or something else depending on the url.

This has helped us to adopt Docker in our development workflow, but after a while the old stack was not maintainable anymore, that's when Tom decided to create a new stack with a smaller footprint, and easier to update.

Qlico was born.

The name Qlico?

In the Netherlands there are plastic trash cans, called Kliko's. Because these are "containers", and we're using a lot of containers inside of Docker/Kubernetes, the name Qlico was used. Since naming things is hard ;-).

There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.

-- Phil Karlton

Picture of Kliko's

Qlico in production?

Qlico can be used in development and in production. Just use the prod stage of the Dockerfile inside your project. Multiple companies are running Qlico in production (in a Kubernetes cluster) without any problems! If you need help, you can always contact Tom or start a GitHub Discussion


Qlico is open-source, you are more than welcome to contribute to this project! Fork and make a Pull Request, or create an Issue if you see any problem (even typos or spelling mistakes and grammer improvements are welcome).


If you like using Qlico, please star the Qlico GitHub project.