Welcome to Warden’s documentation!

Warden is a CLI utility for orchestrating Docker based developer environments, and enables multiple local environments to run simultaneously without port conflicts via the use of a few centrally run services for proxying requests into the correct environment’s containers.

Under the hood docker-compose is used to control everything which Warden runs (shared services as well as per-project containers) via the Docker Engine.


  • Traefik for SSL termination and routing/proxying requests into the correct containers.
  • Portainer for quick visibility into what’s running inside the local Docker host.
  • Dnsmasq to serve DNS responses for .test domains eliminating manual editing of /etc/hosts
  • An SSH tunnel for connecting from Sequel Pro or TablePlus into any one of multiple running database containers.
  • Warden issued wildcard SSL certificates for running https on all local development domains.
  • Full support for Magento 1, Magento 2, Laravel, Symfony 4, Shopware 6 on both macOS and Linux.
  • Ability to override, extend, or setup completely custom environment definitions on a per-project basis.