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Install using Docker Compose

Use this information to quickly start up Content Services using Docker Compose.

Note: While Docker Compose is often used for production deployments, the Docker Compose file provided is recommended for development and test environments only. Customers are expected to adapt this file to their own requirements, if they intend to use Docker Compose to deploy a production environment.

To deploy Content Services using Docker Compose`, download and install Docker, then follow the steps below. Make sure that you’ve reviewed the prerequisites before continuing.

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

    If you already have a valid license file for Content Services 7.1, you can apply it directly to the running system. See Uploading a new license for more details.

    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 Quay.io using your credentials:

     docker login quay.io
    

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

  5. Deploy 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:

     ...
     ⠿ Network acs-trial_default                         Created    ...
     ⠿ Volume "acs-trial_shared-file-store-volume"       Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_sync-service_1                Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_share_1                       Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_solr6_1                       Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_activemq_1                    Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_digital-workspace_1           Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_shared-file-store_1           Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_alfresco_1                    Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_postgres_1                    Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_proxy_1                       Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-router_1            Created    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-core-aio_1          Created    ...
     Attaching to activemq_1, alfresco_1, digital-workspace_1, postgres_1, proxy_1, share_1, shared-file-store_1, solr6_1, sync-service_1, transform-core-aio_1, transform-router_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 messages:

     ...
     alfresco_1 | 2021-10-04 13:44:21,010  INFO  ... Starting 'Transformers' subsystem, ID: [Transformers, default]
     alfresco_1 | 2021-10-04 13:44:21,294  INFO  ... Startup of 'Transformers' subsystem, ID: [Transformers, default] complete
     ...
    

    See Troubleshooting if you encounter errors whilst the system is starting up.

  7. Open your browser and check everything starts up correctly:

    Service Endpoint
    Administration and REST APIs http://localhost:8080/alfresco
    Share http://localhost:8080/share
    Digital Workspace http://localhost:8080/workspace
    Search Services administration http://localhost:8083/solr
    Sync Service health check http://localhost:9090/alfresco/healthcheck

    If Docker is running on your local machine, the IP address will be just localhost.

    If you’re using the Docker Toolbox, run the following command to find the IP address:

     docker-machine ip
    
  8. Log in as the admin user. Enter the default administrator password admin.

Check system start up

Use this information to verify that the system started correctly, and to clean up the deployment.

  1. Open a new terminal window.

  2. Change directory to the docker-compose folder that you created in the deployment steps.

  3. Verify that all the services started correctly.

    1. List the images and additional details:

       docker-compose images
      

      You should see a list of the services defined in your docker-compose.yaml file:

       Container                        Repository                                     Tag                 Image Id            Size
       ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
       acs-trial_activemq_1             alfresco/alfresco-activemq                     5.16.1              e9dd27ce1a5d        706MB
       acs-trial_alfresco_1             quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-content-repository   7.1.0               b399ea1a5765        1.72GB
       acs-trial_digital-workspace_1    quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-digital-workspace    2.3.0-adw           8019d54c175b        37.8MB
       acs-trial_postgres_1             postgres                                       13.1                407cece1abff        314MB
       acs-trial_proxy_1                alfresco/alfresco-acs-nginx                    3.1.1               3a00a45550a3        21.9MB
       acs-trial_share_1                alfresco/alfresco-share                        7.1.0               8f1faa352e88        983MB
       acs-trial_shared-file-store_1    quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-shared-file-store    0.16.0              e34dfac7a7d0        649MB
       acs-trial_solr6_1                alfresco/alfresco-search-services              2.0.2               9b48bb3c76cb        1.11GB
       acs-trial_sync-service_1         quay.io/alfresco/service-sync                  3.4.1               a062a3c347fb        945MB
       acs-trial_transform-core-aio_1   alfresco/alfresco-transform-core-aio           2.5.3               74d4859db3e3        1.94GB
       acs-trial_transform-router_1     quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-transform-router     1.4.1               622a37e3f3fc        645MB
      
    2. List the running containers:

       docker-compose ps
      

      You should see a list of the services defined in the docker-compose.yaml file.

    3. View the log files for each service <service-name>, or container <container-name>:

       docker-compose logs <service-name>
       docker container logs <container-name>
      

      For example, to check the logs for Share, run any of the following commands:

       docker-compose logs share
       docker container logs acs-trial_share_1
      

      You can add an optional parameter --tail=25 before <container-name> to display the last 25 lines of the logs for the selected container.

       docker-compose logs --tail=25 share
       docker container logs --tail=25 acs-trial_share_1
      

      Check for a success message:

       Successfully retrieved license information from Alfresco.
      

    Once you’ve tested the services, you can clean up the deployment by stopping the running services.

  4. Stop the session by using CONTROL+C in the same window as the running services:

     ^CGracefully stopping... (press Ctrl+C again to force)
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_solr6_1               Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_proxy_1               Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_share_1               Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_sync-service_1        Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_activemq_1            Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_postgres_1            Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-router_1    Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-core-aio_1  Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_shared-file-store_1   Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_alfresco_1            Stopped    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_digital-workspace_1   Stopped    ...
    
  5. Alternatively, you can open a new terminal window, change directory to the docker-compose folder, and run:

     docker-compose down
    

    This stops the running services, as shown in the previous example, and removes them from memory:

     ⠿ Container acs-trial_solr6_1               Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-core-aio_1  Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_postgres_1            Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_proxy_1               Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-router_1    Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_sync-service_1        Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_shared-file-store_1   Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_alfresco_1            Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_share_1               Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_digital-workspace_1   Removed    ...
     ⠿ Container acs-trial_activemq_1            Removed    ...
     ⠿ Network acs-trial_default                 Removed    ...
    
  6. You can use a few more commands to explore the services when they’re running. Change directory to docker-compose before running these:

    1. Stop all the running containers:

       docker-compose stop
      
    2. Restart the containers (after using the stop command):

       docker-compose restart
      
    3. Starts the containers that were started with docker-compose up:

       docker-compose start
      
    4. Stop all running containers, and remove them and the network:

       docker-compose down [--rmi all]
      

      The --rmi all option also removes the images created by docker-compose up, and the images used by any service. You can use this, for example, if any containers fail and you need to remove them:

       ⠿ Container acs-trial_postgres_1                               Removed                                                         8.3s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-router_1                       Removed                                                         9.8s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_proxy_1                                  Removed                                                        16.7s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_shared-file-store_1                      Removed                                                         8.3s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_sync-service_1                           Removed                                                        21.3s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_solr6_1                                  Removed                                                        22.0s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_transform-core-aio_1                     Removed                                                         9.4s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_activemq_1                               Removed                                                        12.5s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_share_1                                  Removed                                                        15.1s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_digital-workspace_1                      Removed                                                         3.6s
       ⠿ Container acs-trial_alfresco_1                               Removed                                                        15.2s
       ⠴ Image postgres:13.1                                          Removing                                                      153.3s
       ⠴ Image alfresco/alfresco-activemq:5.16.1                      Removing                                                      153.3s
       ⠿ Image quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-shared-file-store:0.16.0     Removed                                                       125.1s
       ⠿ Network acs-trial_default                                    Removed                                                         0.3s
       ⠿ Image alfresco/alfresco-search-services:2.0.2                Removed                                                       152.1s
       ⠿ Image quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-content-repository:7.1.0     Removed                                                        79.3s
       ⠿ Image quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-transform-router:1.4.1       Removed                                                       125.7s
       ⠴ Image alfresco/alfresco-acs-nginx:3.1.1                      Removing                                                      153.3s
       ⠿ Image alfresco/alfresco-transform-core-aio:2.5.3             Removed                                                       124.8s
       ⠿ Image quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-digital-workspace:2.3.0-adw  Removed                                                       153.3s
       ⠿ Image quay.io/alfresco/service-sync:3.4.1                    Removed                                                       150.8s
       ⠿ Image quay.io/alfresco/alfresco-share:7.1.0                  Removed                                                         0.3s
      

See the Docker documentation for more on using Docker.

Deployment project in GitHub

See the Alfresco/acs-deployment GitHub project for more details.

  • In this project, you’ll find several Docker Compose files. The default docker-compose.yml file contains the latest work-in-progress deployment scripts, and installs the latest development version of Content Services.
  • To deploy a specific released version of Content Services, several major.minor Docker Compose files are provided in the docker-compose folder of the project.
  • To modify your development environment, for example to change or mount files in the existing images, you’ll have to create new custom Docker images (recommended approach). The same approach applies if you want to install AMP files into the repository and Share images. See the Customization guidelines for more.

Using one of the Enterprise Compose files in this project deploys the following system:

Docker Compose - Enterprise

Configure

The Docker Compose file provides some default configuration. This section lists the full set of environment variables exposed by each of the containers in the deployment.

Alfresco Content Repository (alfresco)

Property Description
JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS Adding this environment variable, allows to set sensitive values (like passwords) that are not passed as arguments to the Java Process.
JAVA_OPTS A set of properties that are picked up by the JVM inside the container. Any Content Services property can be passed to the container using the format -Dproperty=value (e.g. -Ddb.driver=org.postgresql.Driver).

Alfresco Share (share)

Property Description
JAVA_OPTS A set of properties that are picked up by the JVM inside the container
REPO_HOST Share needs to know how to register itself with Alfresco. The default value is localhost
REPO_PORT Share needs to know how to register itself with Alfresco. The default value is 8080
CSRF_FILTER_REFERER CSRF Referrer
CSRF_FILTER_ORIGIN CSRF Origin

Alfresco Digital Workspace (digital-workspace)

Property Description
BASE_PATH The default value is ./
APP_CONFIG_OAUTH2_HOST The address of the Identity Service including the realm name configured
APP_CONFIG_AUTH_TYPE The authentication type. To use Single Sign-on mode you must change this property to OAUTH. The default value is BASIC
APP_CONFIG_OAUTH2_CLIENTID The name of the client configured for Digital Workspace
APP_CONFIG_OAUTH2_REDIRECT_SILENT_IFRAME_URI The address that Digital Workspace uses to refresh authorization tokens
APP_CONFIG_OAUTH2_REDIRECT_LOGIN The URL to redirect to after a user is successfully authenticated
APP_CONFIG_OAUTH2_REDIRECT_LOGOUT The URL to redirect to after a user successfully signs out
APP_BASE_SHARE_URL Base Share URL. For example {protocol}//{hostname}{:port}/workspace/#/preview/s
AUTH_TYPE The authentication type. To use Single Sign-on mode you must change this property to OAUTH. The default value is BASIC
PROVIDER The default value is ALL
ENVIRONMENT_SUFFIX Only for Process Cloud instance. The default value is _CLOUD
API_HOST  
API_CONTENT_HOST  
API_CONTENT_HOST_LOCAL The default value is http://localhost:8080
API_PROCESS_HOST  
OAUTH_HOST  
IDENTITY_HOST The address of the Identity Service including the realm name configured.
E2E_HOST The default value is http://localhost
E2E_PORT The default value is 80
API_HOST_CLOUD  
API_CONTENT_HOST_CLOUD  
API_PROCESS_HOST_CLOUD  
OAUTH_HOST_CLOUD  
IDENTITY_HOST_CLOUD  
E2E_HOST_CLOUD The default value is http://localhost
E2E_PORT_CLOUD The default value is 4200
APP_CONFIG_APPS_DEPLOYED The name of the deployed application (e.g. "[{"name": "<the name of the deployed application>"}]")

Alfresco Search Services (solr6)

Property Description
SOLR_ALFRESCO_HOST Solr needs to know how to register itself with Alfresco. The default value is alfresco
SOLR_ALFRESCO_PORT Solr needs to know how to register itself with Alfresco. The default value is 8080
SOLR_SOLR_HOST Alfresco needs to know how to call solr. The default value is solr6
SOLR_SOLR_PORT Alfresco needs to know how to call solr. The default value is 8983
SOLR_CREATE_ALFRESCO_DEFAULTS Create the default alfresco and archive cores. The default value is alfresco,archive
SOLR_OPTS Options to pass when starting the Java process
SOLR_HEAP The Java heap assigned to Solr. The default value is 2g
SOLR_JAVA_MEM The exact memory settings for Solr. Note that SOLR_HEAP takes precedence over this. The default value is -Xms2g -Xmx2g
MAX_SOLR_RAM_PERCENTAGE The percentage of available memory (an integer value) to assign to Solr. Note that SOLR_HEAP and SOLR_JAVA_MEM take precedence over this. The default value is 2
SEARCH_LOG_LEVEL The root logger level (ERROR, WARN, INFO, DEBUG or TRACE). The default value is INFO
ENABLE_SPELLCHECK Whether spellchecking is enabled or not (true or false)
DISABLE_CASCADE_TRACKING Whether cascade tracking is enabled or not (true or false). Disabling cascade tracking will improve performance, but result in some feature loss (e.g. path queries)
ALFRESCO_SECURE_COMMS Whether communication with the repository is secured (https or none). See Alfresco Search Services implementation for more details. The default value is none
SOLR_SSL_KEY_STORE Path to SSL key store. See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details
SOLR_SSL_KEY_STORE_PASSWORD Password for key store. See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details
SOLR_SSL_KEY_STORE_TYPE Key store type. See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details. The default value is JCEKS
SOLR_SSL_TRUST_STORE Path to SSL trust store. See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details
SOLR_SSL_TRUST_STORE_PASSWORD Password for trust store. See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details
SOLR_SSL_TRUST_STORE_TYPE Trust store type. See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details. The default value is JCEKS
SOLR_SSL_NEED_CLIENT_AUTH This variable is used to configure SSL (true or false). See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details
SOLR_SSL_WANT_CLIENT_AUTH This variable is used to configure SSL (true or false). See Alfresco Search Services Docker Compose steps for more details

Alfresco Transform Router (transform-router)

Property Description
JAVA_OPTS A set of properties that are picked up by the JVM inside the container
ACTIVEMQ_URL ActiveMQ URL (in this case, the name of the container is used). The default value is nio://activemq:61616
ACTIVEMQ_USER ActiveMQ user. The default value is admin
ACTIVEMQ_PASSWORD ActiveMQ password. The default value is admin
TRANSFORM_REQUEST_QUEUE The default value is org.alfresco.transform.t-request.acs
TRANSFORM_REPLY_QUEUE The default value is org.alfresco.transform.t-reply.acs
TRANSFORM_ENGINE_REPLY_QUEUE The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.t-reply.acs
JMS_LISTENER_CONCURRENCY The default value is 1-10
IMAGEMAGICK_URL URL for the ImageMagick T-Engine
PDF_RENDERER_URL URL for the PDF Renderer T-Engine
LIBREOFFICE_URL URL for the LibreOffice T-Engine
TIKA_URL URL for the Tika T-Engine
MISC_URL URL for the Miscellaneous T-Engine
CORE_AIO_URL URL for the All-In-One T-Engine
FILE_STORE_URL URL for the Shared File Store
IMAGEMAGICK_QUEUE Name of the queue used by the ImageMagick T-Engine. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.imagemagick.acs
PDF_RENDERER_QUEUE Name of the queue used by the PDF Renderer T-Engine. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.alfresco-pdf-renderer.acs
LIBREOFFICE_QUEUE Name of the queue used by the LibreOffice T-Engine. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.libreoffice.acs
TIKA_QUEUE Name of the queue used by the Tika T-Engine. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.tika.acs
MISC_QUEUE Name of the queue used by the Miscellaneous T-Engine. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.misc.acs
CORE_AIO_QUEUE Name of the queue used by the All-In-One Core T-Engine. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.aio.acs
TRANSFORMER_ENGINE_PROTOCOL This value can be one of the following (http, jms). The default value is jms
TRANSFORMER_ROUTES_FILE_LOCATION The default value is transformer-pipelines.json
MAX_TRANSFORM_RETRIES The default value is 3
INITIAL_RETRY_TIMEOUT The default value is 10000
INCREASE_RETRY_TIMEOUT The default value is 10000
MAX_IN_MEMORY_SIZE Double default limit to 512KiB. The default value is 524288
HOSTNAME The default value is t-router

Alfresco Transform Core AIO (transform-core-aio)

Property Description
JAVA_OPTS A set of properties that are picked up by the JVM inside the container
ACTIVEMQ_URL ActiveMQ URL (in this case, the name of the container is used)
FILE_STORE_URL Shared file store URL (in this case, the name of the container is used)
TRANSFORM_ENGINE_REQUEST_QUEUE Name of the queue. The default value is org.alfresco.transform.engine.aio.acs
PDFRENDERER_EXE Location of the PDF Renderer binary. The default value is /usr/bin/alfresco-pdf-renderer
LIBREOFFICE_HOME Location of the LibreOffice installation. The default value is /opt/libreoffice6.3
IMAGEMAGICK_ROOT Location of the ImageMagick installation. The default value is /usr/lib64/ImageMagick-7.0.10
IMAGEMAGICK_DYN Location of the ImageMagick dynamic libraries. The default value is /usr/lib64/ImageMagick-7.0.10/lib
IMAGEMAGICK_EXE Location of the ImageMagick binary. The default value is /usr/bin/convert
IMAGEMAGICK_CODERS Location of the ImageMagick coders folder
IMAGEMAGICK_CONFIG Location of the ImageMagick configuration folder

Alfresco Shared File Store (shared-file-store)

Property Description
JAVA_OPTS A set of properties that are picked up by the JVM inside the container
fileStorePath Shared File Store content storing path. The default value is /tmp/Alfresco
scheduler.contract.path Cleanup Scheduler contract path. The default value is /tmp/scheduler.json
scheduler.content.age.millis Content retention period. The default value is 86400000
scheduler.cleanup.interval Cleanup Scheduler interval. The default value is 86400000

Alfresco Sync Service (sync-service)

Property Description
JAVA_OPTS A set of properties that are picked up by the JVM inside the container. Any Sync Service property can be passed to the container using the following format -Dproperty=value (e.g. -Dsql.db.username=alfresco).

For a complete list of properties that can be passed through JAVA_OPTS environment variable, check Alfresco Sync Service configuration

Alfresco Proxy (proxy)

Property Description
ADW_URL Digital Workspace URL inside network. The default value is http://digital-workspace
REPO_URL Repository URL inside network. The default value is http://alfresco:8080
SHARE_URL Share URL inside network. The default value is http://share:8080
SYNCSERVICE_URL Sync service URL inside network. The default value is http://sync-service:9090
ACCESS_LOG Sets the access_log value. Set to off to switch off logging

Customize

To customize the Docker Compose deployment, for example applying AMPs, we recommend following the best practice of creating your own custom Docker image(s). The Customization guidelines walks you through this process.

Cleanup

To bring the system down and cleanup the containers run the following command:

docker-compose down

Troubleshooting

  1. If you have issues running docker-compose up after deleting a previous Docker Compose cluster, try replacing step 5 in the initial Docker Compose instructions with:

     docker-compose down && docker-compose build --no-cache && docker-compose up
    
  2. If you’re having issues running docker-compose up on Windows environments due to unavailable or reserved ports, and get errors such as: bind: An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions which means that the Windows NAT (WinNAT) service has reserved the port range that Docker Compose is trying to use.

    To remedy this issue, run the following in a terminal:

     net stop winnat
     docker-compose up
     net start winnat
    
  3. Stop the session by using CONTROL+C.

  4. Remove the containers (using the --rmi all option):

     docker-compose down --rmi all
    
  5. Try allocating more memory resources, as advised in docker-compose.yml.

    For example, in Docker, change the memory setting in Preferences (or Settings) Resources > Advanced > Memory to at least 8GB. Make sure you restart Docker and wait for the process to finish before continuing.

    Go back to step 5 in the initial Docker Compose instructions to start the deployment again.

Note: You’ll need a machine with at least 13GB of memory to distribute among the Docker containers.

Reference

The table below shows the location of the publicly available Dockerfile for the containers used in the Community deployment.

Container Dockerfile location
alfresco https://github.com/Alfresco/acs-packaging/blob/master/docker-alfresco/Dockerfile
share https://github.com/Alfresco/share/blob/master/packaging/docker/Dockerfile
solr6 https://github.com/Alfresco/SearchServices/blob/master/search-services/packaging/src/docker/Dockerfile
transform-core-aio https://github.com/Alfresco/alfresco-transform-core/blob/master/alfresco-transform-core-aio/alfresco-transform-core-aio-boot/Dockerfile
activemq https://github.com/Alfresco/alfresco-docker-activemq/blob/master/Dockerfile
proxy https://github.com/Alfresco/acs-ingress/blob/master/Dockerfile

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