Cloud-based development using your local tools

Mutagen provides real-time file synchronization and flexible network forwarding for developers, extending the reach of local development tools to cloud-based containers and infrastructure.

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Docker logo Docker Acquires Cloud-Development Startup Mutagen
As part of its continued investment in the performance and capabilities of Docker Desktop, Docker has acquired Mutagen, a startup focused on high-performance local and cloud-based development.
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Flexible transports

Mutagen works across local, server, and container infrastructure, including Docker® containers.

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Mutagen supports a broad range of platforms, handling their idiosyncrasies automatically while offering users full control.

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Mutagen is an open-source tool that gives your full control over your data, how it's transmitted, and where it's stored.

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Fill in the gaps of remote development

Running containers in the cloud is easy, but editing code and accessing applications there is hard. Mutagen bridges the gap between your local development tools and code in the cloud.

Synchronize code

Move code in real-time with fast two-way file synchronization

Mutagen syncs files between arbitrary locations using a custom algorithm designed specifically for code and build products.

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Low-latency filesystem watching and differential file transfers propagate code changes almost instantly.


Settings for bidirectionality, permissions, ignores, symlinks, and more are available for developers.

Forward traffic

Connect to remote applications with powerful network forwarding

Mutagen supports forwarding TCP traffic, Unix domain sockets, and Windows named pipes between arbitrary endpoints.

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Mutagen's architecture allows arbitrary traffic flows, including remote-to-remote.


Mutagen can mix and match transport layer protocols, making it easy to connect disparate components.

Develop remotely

Unlock the full power of cloud-based development by making it feel local

With Mutagen, you can shift the workload from your laptop to cloud-based servers and containers.

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Mutagen can connect directly to Docker® containers or work with Compose projects via its Compose integration.


Simply annotate your Compose YAML or use Mutagen's project functionality for easy integration.

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Read more about Mutagen

You can find more information about how to install and use Mutagen in the documentation.

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