Stack Overflow Survey Reconfirms Developer Love for Docker

David Oro

Jun 03 2020

The 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey confirms what we already knew: there’s a lot of developer love out there for Docker and it is continuing from last year.

Docker was the #1 most wanted platform and #2 most loved platform, according to the survey results published last week. We also ranked as the #3 most popular platform.

That’s no fluke. The results are based on nearly 65,000 people who code. And it’s the second year running we’ve acquitted ourselves so admirably in the annual survey. As we shared with you here last summer, developers ranked Docker as the #1 most wanted platform, #2 most loved platform and #3 most broadly used platform in the 2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey. Those responses came from nearly 90,000 developers from around the world.

  • This year, in the most wanted platform category, nearly 25 percent of developers expressed interest in developing with Docker, ahead of AWS (20.2 percent), Kubernetes (18.5 percent) and Linux (16.6 percent).
  • In the most loved platform category, 73.6 percent of developers expressed interest in continuing to develop with Docker, trailing only first-placed Linux (76.9 percent), and leading Kubernetes (71.1 percent) and AWS (66.4 percent).
  • And in the most popular platform category, 35 percent of respondents chose Docker, behind first-placed Linux (55 percent) and second-placed Windows (53.1 percent).

The findings underscore that developers really, really like Docker—whether for its device agnosticism, its ability to automate CI/CD or power productivity, or any number of other factors. Last Thursday, our virtual DockerCon event drew some 77,000 registrants. The survey results also validate our renewed strategy to focus on developers and helping them use containers in their applications.

For almost a decade, Stack Overflow’s Developer Survey had the distinction of being the largest survey of people who code around the world. This year’s survey prioritized diversity over quantity, focusing on a wider demographic of programmers worldwide.  The survey also explored the most loved, dreaded and wanted frameworks; developer salaries and careers, community participation and more.

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