Alternative: Docker Compose Setup

Getting Started with Docker Compose

  1. Install Docker Desktop or Docker Engine and Docker CLI with the Docker Compose Plugin (docker compose command).

    We DON’T support the usage of the Compose standalone binary (docker-compose command) as its installation method is no longer supported by Docker.

    We recommend the latest version of Docker Desktop or Docker Engine and Docker CLI with Docker Compose Plugin. The minimum version for Docker Compose is 1.27.0+ as of this version the latest Compose file format is supported.


    Make sure that Docker Desktop has enough memory (~ 6GB). To adapt it, go to Settings -> Resources.

  2. Check that all local network ports used by Docker Compose are free (e.g. you haven’t started a local MySQL server when you would like to start a Docker Compose instance of mysql)

  3. Run docker compose pull && docker compose up in the directory docker/

  4. Open the Artemis instance in your browser at https://localhost

  5. Run docker compose down in the directory docker/ to stop and remove the docker containers


The first docker compose pull command is just necessary the first time as an extra step; otherwise, Artemis will be built from source as you don’t already have an Artemis Image locally.

For Arm-based Macs, Dev boards, etc., you will have to build the Artemis Docker Image first, as we currently do not distribute Docker Images for these architectures.

Other Docker Compose Setups


Overview of the Artemis Docker / Docker Compose structure

The easiest way to configure a local deployment via Docker is a deployment with a docker compose file. In the directory docker/ you can find the following docker compose files for different setups:

  • artemis-dev-mysql.yml: Artemis-Dev-MySQL Setup containing the development build of Artemis and a MySQL DB

  • artemis-dev-postgres.yml: Artemis-Dev-Postgres Setup containing the development build of Artemis and a PostgreSQL DB

  • artemis-prod-mysql.yml: Artemis-Prod-MySQL Setup containing the production build of Artemis and a MySQL DB

  • artemis-prod-postgres.yml: Artemis-Prod-Postgres Setup containing the production build of Artemis and a PostgreSQL DB

  • atlassian.yml: Atlassian Setup containing a Jira, Bitbucket and Bamboo instance (see Bamboo, Bitbucket and Jira Setup Guide for the configuration of this setup)

  • gitlab-gitlabci.yml: GitLab-GitLabCI Setup containing a GitLab and GitLabCI instance

  • gitlab-jenkins.yml: GitLab-Jenkins Setup containing a GitLab and Jenkins instance (see Gitlab Server Quickstart Guide for the configuration of this setup)

  • monitoring.yml: Prometheus-Grafana Setup containing a Prometheus and Grafana instance

  • mysql.yml: MySQL Setup containing a MySQL DB instance

  • nginx.yml: Nginx Setup containing a preconfigured Nginx instance

  • postgres.yml: Postgres Setup containing a PostgreSQL DB instance

Three example commands to run such setups:

docker compose -f docker/atlassian.yml up
docker compose -f docker/mysql.yml -f docker/gitlab-jenkins.yml up
docker compose -f docker/artemis-dev-postgres.yml up


There is also a single docker-compose.yml in the directory docker/ which mirrors the setup of artemis-prod-mysql.yml. This should provide a quick way, without manual changes necessary, for new contributors to startup an Artemis instance. If the documentation just mentions to run docker compose without a -f <file.yml> argument, it’s assumed you are running the command from the docker/ directory.

For each service being used in these docker compose files, a base service (containing similar settings) is defined in the following files:

  • artemis.yml: Artemis Service

  • mysql.yml: MySQL DB Service

  • nginx.yml: Nginx Service

  • postgres.yml: PostgreSQL DB Service

  • gitlab.yml: GitLab Service

  • jenkins.yml: Jenkins Service

For testing mails or SAML logins, you can append the following services to any setup with an artemis container:

  • mailhog.yml: Mailhog Service (email testing tool)

  • saml-test.yml: Saml-Test Service (SAML Test Identity Provider for testing SAML features)

An example command to run such an extended setup:

docker compose -f docker/artemis-dev-mysql.yml -f docker/mailhog.yml up


If you want to run multiple docker compose setups in parallel on one host, you might have to modify volume, container, and network names!

Folder structure

Base services (compose file with just one service) and setups (compose files with multiple services) should be located directly in docker/.
Additional files like configuration files, Dockerfile, … should be in a subdirectory with the base service or setup name (docker/<base service or setup name>/).

Artemis Base Service

Everything related to the Docker Image of Artemis (built by the Dockerfile) can be found in the Server Setup section. All Artemis-related settings changed in Docker Compose files are described here.

The artemis.yml base service (e.g. in the artemis-prod-mysql.yml setup) defaults to the latest Artemis Docker Image tag in your local docker registry.
If you want to build the checked-out version run docker compose build artemis-app before starting Artemis.
If you want a specific version from the GitHub container registry change the image: value to the desired image for the artemis-app service and run docker compose pull artemis-app.

Debugging with Docker

See the Debugging with Docker section for detailed information. In all development docker compose setups like artemis-dev-mysql.yml Java Remote Debugging is enabled by default.

Service, Container and Volume names

Service names for the usage within docker compose are kept short, like mysql, to make it easier to use them in a CLI.

Container and volume names are prepended with artemis- in order to not interfere with other container or volume names on your system.

Get a shell into the containers


To keep the documentation short, we will use the standard form of docker compose COMMAND from this point on. You can use the following commands also with the -f docker/<setup to be launched>.yml argument pointing to a specific setup.

  • app container: docker compose exec artemis-app bash or if the container is not yet running: docker compose run --rm artemis-app bash

  • mysql container: docker compose exec mysql bash or directly into mysql docker compose exec mysql mysql

Analog for other services.

Other useful commands

  • Start a setup in the background: docker compose up -d

  • Stop and remove containers of a setup: docker compose down

  • Stop, remove containers and volumes: docker compose down -v

  • Remove Artemis-related volumes/state: docker volume rm artemis-data artemis-mysql-data

    This is helpful in setups where you just want to delete the state of artemis but not of Jenkins and GitLab for instance.

  • Stop a service: docker compose stop <name of the service> (restart via docker compose start <name of the service>)

  • Restart a service: docker compose restart <name of the service>

  • Remove all local Docker containers: docker container rm $(docker ps -a -q)

  • Remove all local Artemis Docker images: docker rmi $(docker images --filter=reference="*" -q)