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Deploying using Docker Compose

Use this information to quickly start up Alfresco Content Services using Docker Compose. Due to the limited capabilities of Docker Compose, this deployment method is recommended for development and test environments only.

To deploy Alfresco Content Services using docker-compose, download and install Docker, then follow the steps below.

  1. Download the docker-compose.yml file by accessing the Alfresco Content Services Download Trial page, which will give you a 30-day license.

    Note: Make sure that exposed ports are open on your host computer. Check the docker-compose.yml file to determine the exposed ports - refer to the host:container port definitions. You'll see they include 5432, 8080, 8083 and others.
  2. Save the docker-compose.yml file in a local folder.

    For example, you can create a folder acs-trial.

  3. Change directory to the location of your docker-compose.yml file.
  4. Log in to using your credentials:

    docker login

    Alfresco customers can request credentials by logging a ticket with Alfresco Support. These credentials are required to pull private (Enterprise-only) Docker images from

  5. Deploy Alfresco Content Services, including the repository, Share, Postgres database, Search Services, etc.:

    docker-compose up

    This downloads the images, fetches all the dependencies, creates each container, and then starts the system:

    Creating acs-trial_postgres_1              ... done
    Creating acs-trial_alfresco_1              ... done
    Creating acs-trial_tika_1                  ... done
    Creating acs-trial_imagemagick_1           ... done
    Creating acs-trial_libreoffice_1           ... done
    Creating acs-trial_digital-workspace_1     ... done
    Creating acs-trial_solr6_1                 ... done
    Creating acs-trial_shared-file-store_1     ... done
    Creating acs-trial_share_1                 ... done
    Creating acs-trial_activemq_1              ... done
    Creating acs-trial_alfresco-pdf-renderer_1 ... done
    Creating acs-trial_proxy_1                 ... done
    Creating acs-trial_transform-router_1      ... done
    Attaching to acs-trial_postgres_1, acs-trial_tika_1, acs-trial_alfresco_1, acs-trial_digital-workspace_1, ...

    Note that the name of each container begins with the folder name you created in step 2.

    As an alternative, you can also start the containers in the background by running docker-compose up -d.

  6. Wait for the logs to complete, showing message:

    alfresco_1 | 2019-02-21 11:50:46,000  WARN ... The Alfresco Content Services license will expire in 2 days.
    alfresco_1 | 2019-02-21 11:50:50,341  INFO ... Starting 'Transformers' subsystem, ID: [Transformers, default]
    alfresco_1 | 2019-02-21 11:50:50,600  INFO ... Startup of 'Transformers' subsystem, ID: [Transformers, default] complete

    If you encounter errors whilst the system is starting up:

    • Stop the session (by using CONTROL+C).
    • Remove the containers (using the --rmi all option):
      docker-compose down --rmi all
    • Try allocating more memory resources, as advised in docker-compose.yml. For example, in Docker, change the memory setting in Preferences (or Settings) > Advanced > Memory, to at least 6 GB. Make sure you restart Docker and wait for the process to finish before continuing.
    • Go back to step 5 (above) to start the deployment again.
    Note: Although 16 GB is the required minimum memory setting, keep in mind that 6 GB is much lower than the required minimum, and may need to be adapted for your environment.
  7. Open your browser and check everything starts up correctly:

    • Administration and REST APIs: http://localhost:8080/alfresco
    • Share: http://localhost:8080/share
    • Alfresco Digital Workspace: http://localhost:8080/workspace
    • Search administration: http://localhost:8083/solr
  8. Log in as the admin user. Enter the default administrator password admin.

You can use a number of commands to check that the system started correctly. See Checking system start up for more.

See the Alfresco/acs-deployment GitHub project documentation for the prerequisites and detailed setup: Deploying using Docker Compose

In this project, you can use the docker-compose.yml file following the documentation for standard installations, or customize the file to apply settings as appropriate to your specific deployment environment.

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