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UniFi Docker Container

Docker tags:

Tag UniFi Version Description Release Date
latest 5.8.24 UniFi latest stable release 2018-06-29
sc 5.8.25 UniFi v5.8 stable candidate release 2018-07-12
testing 5.9.16 UniFi v5.9 testing release 2018-07-20
unifi57 5.7.23 UniFi latest stable release 2018-04-16
unifi57-sc 5.7.28 UniFi v5.7 latest stable candidate 2018-05-22
unifi56 5.6.39 UniFi v5.6 latest stable release 2018-06-25
release-5.8.24 5.8.24 Static stable release tag/image 2018-06-29
release-5.7.23 5.7.23 Static stable release tag/image 2018-06-25
release-5.6.39 5.6.39 Static stable release tag/image 2018-06-25


2018-06-14: The internal Mongo DB version has been updated to track the v3.4 latest release for all dynamic tags. Existing deployments/data will continue to use the old mmapv1 DB format, new deployments will end up running WiredTiger DBs. Please make a verified offline backup of your data before updating.

v5.9+: Ubiquiti changed the SSL certificate handling internally. If you're using a custom LetsEncrypt, etc. SSL certificate and upgrade to v5.9+ you will need to rename/remove the file unificert.sha256 in /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/cert:/usr/lib/unifi/cert and restart the container to force a re-import of the existing certificate files under the changed keystore alias.

Additional info at

v5.7+ discontinues support for the following hardware, if you have any of these devices in production you need to remain on v5.6:

  • PicoM2 converted to UniFi
  • UAP-AC
  • UAP-AC v2
  • UAP-AC-Outdoor

More information at

For security/attack surface reduction the container is configured to run the UniFi processes as an internal user & group unifi having a pre-set UID & GID of 999.
The container will attempt to adjust permissions on mapped volumes and data to match before dropping privileges to start the UniFi Java and Mongo processes.
If the container is being run with a different Docker --user setting permissions may need to be fixed manually.

IE: chown -R 999:999 /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/{cert,data,logs}

A custom UID and GID can be configured for the container internal unifi user and group. For more information see the "Environment variables" section in this document.

Export a .unf from the web interface and/or stop the current container and create a backup or copy of the data volume.
Database rollback from newer to older versions of UniFi and/or Mongo isn't always possible.


This container exposes three volumes:

  • /usr/lib/unifi/cert - SSL custom certificate storage
  • /usr/lib/unifi/data - UniFi configuration data and DBs
  • /usr/lib/unifi/logs - UniFi and MongoDB logs for troubleshooting

This container exposes the following ports (see:

  • 3478/udp (port used for STUN connection)
  • 6789/tcp (port used for throughput measurement from Android/iOS app)
  • 8080/tcp (port for UAP/USW/USG to inform controller)
  • 8443/tcp (port for controller GUI / API)
  • 8880/tcp (port for HTTP portal redirect)
  • 8843/tcp (port for HTTPS portal redirect)
  • 10001/udp (port used for UBNT discovery broadcasts - Local LAN/L2/same subnet only)

The most basic way to run this container:

$ docker run --name unifi -d \
    -p 3478:3478/udp -p 8080:8080 -p 8443:8443 \
    -p 8880:8880 -p 8843:8843 \

Recommended run command line -

Have the container store the config, databases & logs on a local file-system or in a specific, known data volume (recommended for persistence and troubleshooting) with NO layer 2 discovery (layer 3/remote controller):

$ docker run --name unifi -d \
    -p 3478:3478/udp -p 8080:8080 -p 8443:8443 \
    -p 8880:8880 -p 8843:8843 \
    -v /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/cert:/usr/lib/unifi/cert  \
    -v /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/data:/usr/lib/unifi/data  \
    -v /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/logs:/usr/lib/unifi/logs \

To enable layer 2 broadcast discovery on a controller container running in the local LAN add:

    - p 10001:10001/udp \

To enable speed tests from the UniFi iOS & Android apps add:

    - p 6789:6789 \

Alternative run command line suggested by rogierlommers -

Use --network=host mode. Does not allow for port remapping. You may need to manually adjust host firewall settings to allow traffic. Running a container in this mode is considered insecure:

Please make sure to read the "NETWORK: HOST" section of the Docker "run" reference and understand the implications of this setting before using.

$ docker run --name unifi -d \
    --network="host" \
    -v /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/cert:/usr/lib/unifi/cert  \
    -v /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/data:/usr/lib/unifi/data  \
    -v /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/logs:/usr/lib/unifi/logs \

Environment variables:

Variable Default Description
BIND_PRIV false Set to true to allow UniFi process to bind to container internal ports <1024
DEBUG false Set to true for extra container and UniFi verbosity for debugging
JVM_EXTRA_OPTS unset Any additional custom run flags for the container Java process
JVM_INIT_HEAP_SIZE unset Sets the start and min memory size for the container Java process (-Xms)
JVM_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 1024M Sets the max memory size for the container Java process (-Xmx)
RUNAS_UID0 false Set to true to force the container to run the Java/Mongo processes as UID=0 (root) - workaround for setcap AUFS missing xargs failure - NB/IMPORTANT: running with this set to "true" is insecure
UNIFI_GID 999 Specifies the GID for the container internal unifi group (used for file ownership)
UNIFI_UID 999 Specifies the UID for the container internal unifi user (used for process and file ownership)

Additionally UniFi config file settings can be passed to the container as -e/--env flags at runtime (more detail and a PDF with UBNT examples here). Envrionment variables must be in ALL CAPS and replace "." with "_".

IE: Environment Variable
unifi.db.extraargs UNIFI_DB_EXTRAARGS
unifi.https.hsts UNIFI_HTTPS_HSTS

Docker Compose:

Example basic docker-compose.yml file, courtesy of Docker Hub user jesk

Example advanced docker-compose.yml file with external Mongo DB service and UniFi service using environment variables

NB/IMPORTANT: Externalizing the DB server and/or using Mongo DB versions > 2.6.12 is highly experimental and completely unsupported by UBNT. Full documentation for an external DB setup is outside the scope of this README and is left as an exercise for the interested reader. Additional information available on the UBNT forums in this post and in the PDF post linked in the "Environment Variables" section.

SSL custom certificate auto-configuration support (LetsEncrypt, etc.):

  1. Map the Docker host cert storage location or volume to the /usr/lib/unifi/cert volume exposed by the container
  2. Must contain a PEM format SSL private key corresponding to the SSL certificate to be installed.
    Private key file MUST be named privkey.pem.
  3. Must contain a PEM format SSL certificate file with the full certification chain. LetsEncrypt handles this automatically, other providers may need manual work (
    Certificate file MUST be named fullchain.pem.
  4. Start the container. SSL import and Java keystore update process is automated during startup. Status, errors, etc. can be found in the container log, IE: docker logs <containername>
  5. Existing keystore file will be backed up to /usr/lib/unifi/data/keystore-<epochseconds>
  6. Java keystore is only updated when changes to the certificate files are detected. To force a re-import of existing files delete the unificert.sha256 file in /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/cert and restart the container.

If you don't want to use a custom SSL certificate then the /usr/lib/unifi/cert volume can be left unmapped. Alternatively if the privkey.pem and/or fullchain.pem file are not present SSL customization will be skipped.

To revert from a custom cert to a UniFi self-signed certificate stop the container, rename or remove /DATA_VOLUME/unifi/data/keystore, and restart the container. The UniFi application will automatically generate a new keystore file with a new self-signed cert.

NB/IMPORTANT: This feature is present in all dynamic tags and any static release tags built after 2017-08-21.

unstable/testing/sc tag warning


There have been past UniFi unstable/testing/stable candidate releases with AP bricking firmware, network breaking bugs, etc.

Proceed with caution! Use at your own risk.

If you're going to use these images please make sure you create a UBNT community account:

Sign up for Beta access at:

Participate in discussion and create bug reports for any issues you may encounter in:


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