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JIRA on PostgreSQL
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Dockerized JIRA on PostgreSQL

Atlassian JIRA, v7.3.x, with PostgreSQL and DOC (Data-Only Container).

Most of the stuff here is based on HouseOfAgile/docker-jira, but since I had too many issues with MySQL (e.g. impossible to write to binary log since BINLOG_FORMAT = STATEMENT), PostgreSQL replaced the DB-backend. It feels faster too.
Data is stored in a separate data-only container.

Get started

Lift the containers

When "docker-compose" was still known as "fig", I prefered to use "crane" over "fig" to start multiple containers.

Today, "docker-compose" is preferred, hence the docker-compose.yml.
Use docker-compuse up to start the stack.

If you still want to use "crane", use crane lift to start the containers.


1. Create a data-only container

Create a data-only container from Busybox (very small footprint) and name it "jira_datastore":

docker run -v /data --name=jira_datastore -d busybox echo "PSQL Data"

NOTE: data-only containers don't have to run / be active to be used.

2. Create a PostgreSQL-container

NOTE: the issue below was not reproducable in January 2015.

Used image is paintedfox/postgresql, but due to this bug, I had to rebuild a new image from paintedfox/postgresql, based on phusion/baseimage:0.9.15.
To rebuild, first clone the repository:

git clone

Next, in file Dockerfile change line 3 FROM phusion/baseimage:0.9.13 into FROM phusion/baseimage:latest and start a build:

docker build --rm=true -t paintedfox/postgresql .

The new container can be run from here. Remember to use the volume from "jira_datastore". Environment-variables can be changed to whatever you like.

docker run -d --name postgresql -e USER="super" -e DB="jiradb" -e PASS="p4ssw0rd" --volumes-from jira_datastore paintedfox/postgresql

3. Start the JIRA-container

docker run -d --name jira -p 8080:8080 --link postgresql:db hbokh/docker-jira-postgresql

Build from source

git clone
docker build --rm=true -t hbokh/docker-jira-postgresql .


Connect to http:// < container IP >:8080/ and setup JIRA.
With the above set credentials, hostname is "db", database is named "jiradb", user is "super" and password is "p4ssw0rd".

Finish JIRA's setup (register; get an evaluation-key; etc.).

Running behind a proxy

In production environments it is a common practice to run the container on port 80 and use an appropriated name like

You can run Jira behind a proxy and you can run other applications on the same Docker host, like Confluence.

To make this easier you could run this container with an environment variable called VIRTUAL_HOST. This variable will change the Tomcat server configuration
to proxy the request.

You just need to run the container with the command:

docker run -d --name jira -e \
--volumes-from jira\_home -p 8080 --link postgresql:db hbokh/docker-jira-postgresql

Here we are setting the VIRTUAL_HOST to and use SSL.
In cases where you need SSL you MUST configure PROXY_SCHEME to https, PROXY_PORT to 443 (or other you proxy use) and PROXY_SECURED to true. The defaults are respectively: http, 80, false

To create the proxy it is highly recommended to use the nginx-proxy container. It will do a little bit of magic and configure the proxy automatically when the container starts.
The nginx-proxy container works by listening to Docker events to check if a container starts or stops, then it will inspect the container for the VIRTUAL_HOST environment variable and then create the proxy configuration automagically.

An example:

docker run -d --name nginx -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -v \
/var/run/docker.sock:/tmp/docker.sock -v /opt/certs:/etc/nginx/certs -t jwilder/nginx-proxy

docker run -d --name jira -e \
--volumes-from jira\_home -p 8080 --link postgresql:db hbokh/docker-jira-postgresql

Now you just need to put your certificate-files in /opt/certs with the names and and point your DNS to the nginx instance (the Docker host).

Every application that needs to be run behind the proxy needs the VIRTUAL_HOST variable. A similar approach could be used to run Confluence.

If you want to know how to configure the container by hand see the documentation in and

See more options in the project page


2017: Tested with Docker for Mac on macOS Sierra 10.12.2.
2015: Tested with boot2docker on OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks).

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