Install OpenProject with Docker

Docker is a way to distribute self-contained applications easily. We provide a Docker image for the Community Edition that you can very easily install and upgrade on your servers. However, contrary to the manual or package-based installation, your machine needs to have the Docker Engine installed first, which usually requires a recent operating system. Please see the Docker Engine installation page if you don’t have Docker installed.

OpenProject with Docker can be launched in two ways:

  1. Multiple containers (recommended), each with a single process inside, using a Compose file. Allows to easily choose which services you want to run, and simplifies scaling and monitoring aspects.
  2. One container with all the processes inside. Easy but not recommended for production. This is the legacy behaviour.

Quick Start

First, you must clone the OpenProject repository:

git clone --depth=1 --branch=stable/10

Then, go into the OpenProject folder and you can launch all the services required by OpenProject with docker-compose:

docker-compose up -d

After some time, you will be able to access OpenProject on http://localhost:8080. The default username and password is login: admin, and password: admin.

Note that the official docker-compose.yml file present in the repository can be adjusted to your convenience. For instance you could mount specific configuration files, override environment variables, or switch off services you don’t need. Please refer to the official docker-compose documentation for more details.

You can stop the Compose stack by running:

docker-compose down

All-in-one container

Quick Start

The fastest way to get an OpenProject instance up and running is to run the following command:

docker run -it -p 8080:80 -e SECRET_KEY_BASE=secret openproject/community:10

This will take a bit of time the first time you launch it, but after a few minutes you should see a success message indicating the default administration password (login: admin, password: admin).

You can then launch a browser and access your new OpenProject installation at http://localhost:8080. Easy!

To stop the container, simply hit CTRL-C.

Note that the above command will not daemonize the container and will display the logs to your terminal, which helps with debugging if anything goes wrong. For normal usage you probably want to start it in the background, which can be achieved with the -d flag:

docker run -d -p 8080:80 -e SECRET_KEY_BASE=secret openproject/community:10

The one-liner above is great to get started quickly, but if you want to run OpenProject in production you will likely want to ensure that your data is not lost if you restart the container.

To achieve this, we recommend that you create a directory on your host system where the Docker Engine is installed (for instance: /var/lib/openproject) where all this data will be stored.

You can use the following commands to create the local directories where the data will be stored across container restarts, and start the container with those directories mounted:

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/openproject/{pgdata,assets}

docker run -d -p 8080:80 --name openproject -e SECRET_KEY_BASE=secret \
  -v /var/lib/openproject/pgdata:/var/openproject/pgdata \
  -v /var/lib/openproject/assets:/var/openproject/assets \

Note: Make sure to replace secret with a random string. One way to generate one is to run head /dev/urandom | tr -dc A-Za-z0-9 | head -c 32 ; echo '' if you are on Linux.

Since we named the container, you can now stop it by running:

docker stop openproject

And start it again:

docker start openproject

If you want to destroy the container, run the following commands

docker stop openproject
docker rm openproject

Initial configuration

OpenProject is usually configured through a YAML file, but with the Docker image you need to pass all configuration through environment variables. You can overwrite any of the values usually found in the standard YAML file by using environment variables.

Environment variables can be either passed directly on the command-line to the Docker Engine, or via an environment file:

docker run -d -e KEY1=VALUE1 -e KEY2=VALUE2 ...
# or
docker run -d --env-file path/to/file ...

For more advanced configuration, please have a look at the Advanced configuration section.

Apache Reverse Proxy Setup

Often there will be an existing web server through which you want to make OpenProject acccessible. There are two ways to run OpenProject. We’ll cover each configuration in a separate of the following sections.

For both configurations the following Apache mods are required:

  • proxy
  • proxy_http
  • rewrite
  • ssl (optional)

In each case you will create a file /usr/local/apache2/conf/sites/openproject.conf with the contents as described in the respective sections.

Both configuration examples are based on the following assumptions:

  • the site is accessed via https
  • certificate and key are located under /etc/ssl/crt/server.{crt, key}
  • the OpenProject docker container’s port 80 is mapped to the docker host’s port 8080

Important: Once OpenProject is running make sure to also set the host name and protocol accordingly under Administration -> System Settings.

1) Virtual host root

The default scenario is to have OpenProject serve the whole virtual host. This requires no further configuration for the docker container beyond what is described above.

Assuming the desired server name is the configuration will look like this:

<VirtualHost *:80>

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
    RewriteRule ^/?(.*)$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L]

<VirtualHost *:443>

    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/crt/server.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/crt//server.key

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule "^$" "/" [R,L]

    ProxyRequests off

    <Location "/">
      RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto 'https'

      ProxyPreserveHost On

2) Location (subdirectory)

Let’s assume you want OpenProject to run on your host with the server name under the subdirectory /openproject.

If you want to run OpenProject in a subdirectory on your server, first you will need to configure OpenProject accordingly by adding the following options to the docker run call:


The force ssl option can be left out if you are not using HTTPS.

The apache configuration for this configuration then looks like this:

<VirtualHost *:80>

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
    RewriteRule ^/?(openproject.*)$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L]

<VirtualHost *:443>

    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/crt/server.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/crt/server.key

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule "^/openproject$" "/openproject/" [R,L]

    ProxyRequests off

    <Location "/openproject/">
      RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto 'https'

      ProxyPreserveHost On

OpenProject plugins

The docker image itself does not support plugins. But you can create your own docker image to include plugins.

1. Create a new folder with any name, for instance custom-openproject. Change into that folder.

2. Create the file Gemfile.plugins in that folder. In the file you declare the plugins you want to install. For instance:

group :opf_plugins do
  gem "openproject-slack", git: "", branch: "release/10.0"

3. Create the Dockerfile in the same folder. The contents have to look like this:

FROM openproject/community:10

COPY Gemfile.plugins /app/

RUN bundle config unset deployment && bundle install && bundle config set deployment 'true'
RUN bash docker/

The file is based on the normal OpenProject docker image. All the Dockerfile does is copy your custom plugins gemfile into the image, install the gems and precompile any new assets.

4. Build the image

To actually build the docker image run:

docker build -t openproject-with-slack .

The -t option is the tag for your image. You can choose what ever you want.

5. Run the image

You can run the image just like the normal OpenProject image (as shown earlier). You just have to use your chosen tag instead of openproject/community:10. To just give it a quick try you can run this:

docker run -p 8080:80 --rm -it openproject-with-slack

After which you can access OpenProject under http://localhost:8080.