I would like to announce a new Binder GUI for easily launching local Jupyter containers within ContainDS for Windows or Mac:
This entirely mimics the mybinder.org user interface at the moment so should be familiar.
ContainDS itself is designed to be an app for easily managing Jupyter environments running locally through Docker, but without needing to learn Docker itself. As well as launching environments via Binder, you can select one of the standard Jupyter Docker images. ContainDS takes care of mounting a workspace folder form your hard drive, and launching Jupyter Lab or Notebooks without needing to copy and paste tokens. Since the images are Linux-based, some packages will be easier to install and be consistent across systems.
I would very much appreciate your feedback on the concept and on the software itself!
The Binder user interface could be extended to take advantage of being local (and not public as on mybinder.org) - for example, allowing git credentials to be entered for private repos. There are also UI features in the works that I might be able to offer back to mybinder.org - e.g. pasted URLs being automatically parsed into sensible UI defaults.
I hope this is a powerful new approach for the Binder world, and that you find it useful.
Installers for Windows and Mac are here: containds.com/download