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.

Also, please note that the Docker image is quite new and might not support all the options that the package-based or manual installation provides.

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,static}

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/static:/var/openproject/assets \

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.

Launching a specific process instead of the all-in-one installation

OpenProject is made of multiple processes (web, worker, cron, etc.). By default the docker image will launch all those processes within a single container for ease of use. However some use cases might require that you only launch one process per container, in which case you should override the docker command to specify the process you want to launch.

By default the container will run ./docker/supervisord, but you can override this with ./docker/web, ./docker/worker, ./docker/cron to launch the individual services separately (e.g. in a docker-compose file). Please note that in this configuration you will have to setup the external services (postgres, memcached, email sending) by yourself.


docker run -d -e DATABASE_URL=xxx ... openproject/community:10 ./docker/web
docker run -d -e DATABASE_URL=xxx ... openproject/community:10 ./docker/worker