Empowering the Mission, from Datacenter to Tactical Edge

Rancher Federal delivers secure distributions of open source software for US Government clients adopting DevSecOps across the IT landscape.

Where Government meets Cloud-Native

Whether your mission runs on bare-metal, AWS, Azure, C2S, SC2S or an arm64 SoC on a Humvee, Rancher Federal’s solutions empower your teams with the latest in CNCF-certified technologies to meet the unique needs of your mission.

Securing the Open Source Supply Chain

Open source software is creating new opportunities for government agencies to innovate quickly and reduce IT costs. Rancher Federal provides audited and US validated distributions of critical open source products necessary to deliver DevSecOps.

IT Modernization meets Microservices

Our team, coupled with the latest cloud-native technologies, accelerates the US Federal community to migrate legacy GOTS/COTS applications to industry-leading containerization strategies. Rancher Federal staff can provide remote support, training or onsite services.

Who is Rancher Federal

Rancher Federal is proudly 100% owned, staffed & operated by US citizens and we call Northern Virginia home. Our team provides secure distributions of critical open source software to the US Government, with a focus on Containers, Kubernetes, Rancher, Istio, and other cloud native technology. Our team has years of extensive experience serving the distributed-computing challenges of the Federal Government, and many of our staff have led mission-critical teams across the NSA, USAF and other US DoD/IC agencies.

Kubernetes Management for Federal, DOD and the IC community.

Rancher Federal is the exclusive distributor of Rancher Labs products to the US government. Our support team includes cleared personnel capable of providing support remotely or onsite to meet any level of clearance requirements.

More than 30,000 teams use Rancher everyday to innovate faster

Kubernetes is transforming how organizations are building and running software. Rancher is the industry’s most popular open source platform for securing and managing clusters wherever they run. Learn how leading organizations are developing a cloud native IT strategy.

Get Started
with Rancher in
2 Easy Steps

See how easy it is to get up and running with Rancher, right away.

Learn more by joining an upcoming weekly training or heading to the Getting Started Guide.

Prepare a Linux Host

Prepare a Linux host with 64-bit Ubuntu 16.04 or 18.04 (or another supported Linux distribution, and at least 4GB of memory. Install a supported version of Docker on the host.”


Start the server

To install and run Rancher, execute the following Docker command on your host:

$ sudo docker run -d --restart=unless-stopped -p 80:80 -p 443:443 rancher/rancher

To access the Rancher server UI, open a browser and go to the hostname or address where the container was installed. You will be guided through setting up your first cluster.

Learn How
Rancher Works

Intro to Kubernetes and Rancher online training


Free, online training for Kubernetes and Rancher. Our popular sessions show you the basics of running Kubernetes, including deployments, pods, services, running Kubectl, and ingresses.

A Guide to Kubernetes with Rancher