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A command line interface, installed by your favorite package manager, which wraps an instance of the Kurtosis SDK to allow you to manipulate the contents of Kurtosis.


An environment, isolated from other enclaves, in which distributed systems are launched and manipulated.


The Kurtosis engine which receives instructions via the Kurtosis SDK (e.g. "launch this service in this enclave", "create a new enclave", "destroy this enclave", etc.).


A set of instructions to the Kurtosis engine, packaged as a Docker image, run inside an enclave (more information here).

User Service

A container, launched inside an enclave upon a request to the Kurtosis engine, that is started from whatever image the user pleases.