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Kurtosis is a development platform for distributed applications that aims to provide a consistent experience across all stages of distributed app software delivery.

Use cases for Kurtosis include:

  • Running a third-party distributed app, without knowing how to set it up
  • Local prototyping & development on distributed apps
  • Writing integration and end-to-end distributed app tests (e.g. happy path & sad path tests, load tests, performance tests, etc.)
  • Running integration/E2E distributed app tests
  • Debugging distributed apps during development

Why Kurtosis?

Docker and Kubernetes are each great at serving developers in different parts of the development cycle: Docker for development/testing, Kubernetes for production. However, the separation between the two entails different distributed app definitions, and different tooling. In dev/test, this means Docker Compose and Docker observability tooling. In production, this means Helm definitions and manually-configured observability tools like Istio, Datadog, or Honeycomb.

Why Kurtosis

Kurtosis aims at one level of abstraction higher. Developers can define their distributed applications in Kurtosis, and Kurtosis will handle:

With Kurtosis, developers can build with local sandbox environments that demonstrate how their code will work when integrated with the rest of the system. In addition, advanced end-to-end testing workflows are available to teams using the manipulation tooling in the Kurtosis engine runtime which allow them to do end-to-end testing like fault-tolerance, regression, and performance tests.

  • Running on Docker or Kubernetes
  • Reproduceability
  • Safety
  • Port-forwarding & local development hookups
  • Observability
  • Sharing

If we succeed in our vision, you will be able to use the same distributed application definition from local dev all the way to prod.


If you have questions, need help, or simply want to learn more, schedule a live session with us, go here.