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Make sure you have reviewed the overall installation process

Before you proceed with the instructions on this page, make sure you have reviewed the whole installation procedure as described in Installing Artifactory.

Artifactory Docker images can be pulled from Bintray and run as a Docker container.

To do this, you need to have Docker client properly installed and configured on your machine. For details about installing and using Docker, please refer to the Docker documentation.

Running with Docker for Artifactory 4.x

Artifactory as a Docker container has been completely redesigned in version 5.0. If you are running previous versions of Artifactory, please refer to Running with Docker in the Artifactory 4.x User Guide

Docker Compose

The way we recommend running Artifactory on Docker is to orchestrate your setup using Docker Compose. This will ensure you have all the required services specified in a single YAML file with pre-configured parameters.


Using Docker Compose

To setup an Artifactory environment made of multiple containers (for example, a database, an Nginx load balancer and Artifactory each running in a different container), you can use docker-compose.

For more details on Docker Compose, please refer to the  Docker documentation.

Artifactory OSSArtifactory Pro and Artifactory HA can all be run using Docker Compose. For detailed documentation and sample Compose files showing a variety of ways to setup Artifactory with Docker Compose, please refer to the  artifactory-docker-examples repository on GitHub.

Artifactory on Docker

Running Artifactory as a container is simple and straightforward, and involves the following basic steps:

Since the Artifactory instance running in a Docker container is mutable, all data and configuration files will be lost once the container is removed. If you want your data to persist (for example when upgrading to a new version), you should also follow the next step.

Pulling the Artifactory Docker Image

The Artifactory Docker image may be pulled from Bintray by executing the corresponding Docker command below depending on whether you are pulling Artifactory OSS or Artifactory Pro:

Pulling the Artifactory Pro Docker Image
docker pull


Pulling the Artifactory OSS Docker Image
docker pull


Pulling the Artifactory CE Docker Image
docker pull

Running an Artifactory Container

You can list the Docker images you have downloaded using the docker images command, which should display something like the following output:

$ docker images
REPOSITORY                                 TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE    latest 		       da70b82904e7        2 days ago          861.5 MB

To start an Artifactory container, use the corresponding command below according to whether you are running Artifactory Pro or Artifactory OSS:

Running Artifactory Pro in a container
$ docker run --name artifactory -d -p 8081:8081    


Running Artifactory OSS in a container
$ docker run --name artifactory -d -p 8081:8081    

Passing in Java arguments

When running an Artifactory Docker container, you can pass in Java arguments using the -e EXTRA_JAVA_OPTIONS flag. For example, to specify a maximum memory allocation of 8 GB, you could run:

$ docker run --name artifactory -d -p 8081:8081 -e EXTRA_JAVA_OPTIONS=-Xmx8g   

HA-Specific Environment Variables

Passing Environment Variables to the entrypoint script

The entrypoint script of the Artifactory Pro Docker image accepts various environment variables. These are documented in the table below, and can be used to manipulate various HA-specific settings. Setting the following variables is particularly useful when using an orchestration tool such as Kubernetes or Docker Compose to spin up new Artifactory nodes. For more details on configuring the please refer to Setting Up Your Storage Configuration.



Default value
Determines whether the node is set as a Primary node or as a Member node in the cluster.-
The value of the '' parameter in the file.node-$(hostname)
The IP of the container. This variable is used to compose a full context.url, only when the $HA_CONTEXT_URL variable is not set. Determined by running 'hostname -i'.$(hostname -i)
The value of the 'context.url' parameter in the generated file. This is the node URL exposed to cluster members. If not set, the $HA_HOST_IP variable will be used to derive the full context.url.http://$HA_HOST_IP:8081/artifactory
The Hazelcast membership port of the node.10002
Set this on a member node only if the nodes are not going to be a part of the same docker network, so that they're not reachable to each other by the container name, or if you the name of the primary node container is not "artifactory-node1". The entrypoint script would send an HTTP request to the primary node using this URL to wait for the Primary node to start up.http://artifactory-node1:8081/artifactory
The value for the '' parameter in the file./var/opt/jfrog/artifactory/data
The value for the 'artifactory.ha.backup.dir' parameter in the file./var/opt/jfrog/artifactory/backup


Managing Data Persistence

For your data and configuration to remain once the Artifactory Docker container is removed, you need to store them on an external volume mounted to the Docker container. There are two ways to do this:

  • Using Host Directories
  • Using a Docker Named Volume

Using Host Directories

The external volume is a directory in your host's file system (such as /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory). When you pass this to the docker run command, the Artifactory process will use it to read configuration and store its data.

To mount the above example, you would use the following command:

$ docker run --name artifactory-pro -d -v /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory:/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory -p 8081:8081

This mounts the /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory directory on your host machine to the container's /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory and will then be used by Artifactory for configuration and data.

Using a Docker Named Volume

In this case, you create a docker named volume and pass it to the container. By default, the named volume is a local directory under /var/lib/docker/volumes/<name>, but can be set to work with other locations. For more details, please refer to the Docker documentation for  Docker Volumes.

The example below creates a Docker named volume called artifactory_data and mounts it to the Artifactory container under /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory:

$ docker volume create --name artifactory5_data
$ docker run --name artifactory-pro -d -v artifactory5_data:/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory -p 8081:8081

In this case, even if the container is stopped and removed, the volume persists and can be attached to a new running container using the above docker run command. 

Extra Configuration Directory

You can mount extra configuration files, such as binarystore.xml, artifactory.lic or, that are needed for your Artifactory installation.
To do this, you need to mount the file or directory on the host into the Artifactory Docker container's /artifactory_extra_conf folder. When the Artifactory Docker container starts, it will copy the files from /artifactory_extra_conf to ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc (usually /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory/etc).


The files mounted into /artifactory_extra_conf will be copied over to ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc every time the container starts, so you should avoid modifying the files in ARTIFACTORY_HOME/etc.


Example 1: Passing in a custom file


$ docker run --name artifactory-pro -d -v /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory:/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory -v /conf/ -p 8081:8081


Example 2: Passing in a custom binarystore.xml


$ docker run --name artifactory-pro -d -v /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory:/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory -v /conf/binarystore.xml:/artifactory_extra_conf/binarystore.xml -p 8081:8081


Upgrading Artifactory

For details on how to upgrade Artifactory running in a Docker container, please refer to Running in a Docker Container in the Upgrading Artifactory page.  

Running Artifactory With a Different Database

By default, Artifactory runs with an embedded Derby Database that comes built-in, however, Artifactory supports additional databases. To switch to one of the other supported databases, please refer to Changing the Database

Building Artifactory OSS From Sources

The Artifactory OSS Docker image sources are available for download allowing you to build the image yourself. For details, please refer to Building Artifactory OSS

Accessing Artifactory

Once the Artifactory container is up and running, you access Artifactory in the usual way by browsing to: 


For example, if you are testing on your local machine you would use:  http://localhost:8081/artifactory

Troubleshooting Docker

This section describes different ways you can troubleshoot a running or stopped Docker container that is not functioning as expected.

Container State

The docker ps command lists containers in your system.

$ docker ps     # Lists running containers
$ docker ps -a  # Lists all containers


Artifactory logs are stored in the Artifactory container under /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory/logs.

If you ran the container with a mounted volume for Artifactory data (/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory/), you can also access the logs locally on your host.

An easy way to see the logged output of a running container is through the docker logs command

$ docker logs <container name>

This will output all of the container's STDOUT and STDERR to the screen both for running and stopped containers.

Connect to a Running Container

You can connect to a running container's file system and open an interactive command prompt in the container with the docker exec command

$ docker exec -it <container name> /bin/bash

This will open a command prompt in the running Artifactory container, logging you in as root and placing you in the / directory.

Run an Alternate Entrypoint 

There are cases where you want to run the container, but not start up Artifactory. To do this, you need to override the configured entrypoint script using docker run --entrypoint=bash

$ docker run -it --entrypoint=/bin/bash -v /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory:/var/opt/jfrog/artifactory -p 8081:8018

This will run the container, presenting you with a prompt in the container, but without executing the / file.

You can then make changes to the container configuration execute / to start up Artifactory in your container.

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