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Use for offline Development and Deployment

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Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere. The great thing about these containers is that they encapsulate any payload and runtime dependencies, and will run consistently on and between virtually any server.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could use Docker for development? You could develop locally, deploy the container to a sandbox for testing and then finally deploy it to production once it’s ready for primetime. This would be soooo much easier and more efficient than using change sets or ANT.

I know it’s a lot of work, but in theory, Salesforce could push a container with a stripped down version of with perhaps just what is required to write Apex and Visualforce (initially). Since most of everything on is Java maybe include some additional jars for workflow, validation, running tests, etc. I know there are A LOT of technical hurdles to jump but this would be a boon to development on No longer would you be tied to the internet to write code and test.

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  • Nathan Totten - 10 months ago

    So first the bad news. It is extremely unlikely we will ever deliver this as requested. While you are right, we probably could deliver Salesforce on Docker if it were really the right solution, but in reality, it would be such a resource-intensive Docker container that almost nobody would be able to run it. 

    Now the good news. So rather than trying to run all of Salesforce locally we are trying to bring the parts that make the most sense for developers. As a first step, we recently shipped the beta of running LWC locally. We will also continue to improve on this and bring more parts of the Salesforce platform locally. 
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