Run as non-root User
It is suggested you start running this as a non root user. The default right now is to run as root but if you set the environment variable RUNAS_UID0 to false then the image will run as a special unfi user with the uid/gid 999/999. You should ideally set your data and logs to owned by the proper gid. The environment variables section has more details. At some point in the future this feature may default to on and I personally run all of my own containers with it on. So turning it on for your own containers will help prevent any surprises.
Supported Docker Hub Tags and Respective
||Tracks UniFi stable version - 5.7.23 as of 2018-04-16|
||Tracks UniFi LTS stable version - 5.6.37 as of 2018-04-16|
||Tracks UniFi Old Stable version - 5.5.24 as of 2017-11-13|
||Tracks UniFi "Stable Candidate", The latest stable candidate may flip between the two branches maintained by Ubuiqiti so it is advised you tag off of the version you want directly instead of the
Latest Stable Candidate tags
These tags generally track the UniFi APT repository. We do lead the repository a little when it comes to pushing the latest version. The latest version gets pushed when it moves from
stable candidate to
stable instead of waiting for it to hit the repository.
In adition to these tags you may tag specific versions as well, for example
jacobalberty/unifi:5.4.19 will get you unifi 5.4.19 no matter what the current version is. Stable candidates now exist both under the
sc tag and for tags with the extension
jacobalberty/unifi:5.6.18-sc. It is advised to use the specific versions as the
sc tag may jump from 5.6.x to 5.5.x then back to 5.6.x as new stable candidates come out.
This is a containerized version of Ubiqiti Network's Unifi Controller version 5.
The following options may be of use:
- Set the timezone with
- Bind mount the
It is suggested that you include --init to handle process reaping
Example to test with
mkdir -p unifi/data mkdir -p unifi/log docker run --rm --init -p 8080:8080 -p 8443:8443 -p 3478:3478/udp -p 10001:10001/udp -e TZ='Africa/Johannesburg' -v ~/unifi:/unifi --name unifi jacobalberty/unifi:stable
Running with separate mongo container
A compose file has been included that will bring up mongo and the controller,
using named volumes for important directories.
Simply clone this repo or copy the
docker-compose.yml file and run
docker-compose up -d
Adopting Access Points/Switches/Security Gateway
Layer 3 Adoption
The default example requires some l3 adoption method. You have a couple options to adopt.
The quickest one off method is to ssh into the access point and run the following commands:
mca-cli set-inform http://<host_ip>:8080/inform
You can see more options on the UniFi website
Layer 2 Adoption
You can also enable layer 2 adoption through one of two methods.
If you launch the container using host networking (With the
--net=host parameter on
docker run) Layer 2 adoption works as if the controller is installed on the host.
It is possible to configure the
macvlan driver to bridge your container to the host's networking adapter. Specific instructions for this container are not yet available but you can read a write-up for docker at collabnix.com/docker-17-06-swarm-mode-now-with-macvlan-support.
beta image has been updated to support package installation at run time. With this change you can now install the beta releases on more systems, such as Synology. This should open up access to the beta program for more users of this docker image.
If you would like to submit a new feature for the images the beta branch is probably a good one to apply it against as well. I will be cleaing up the Dockerfile under beta and gradually pushing out the improvements to the other branches. So any major changes should apply cleanly against the
Installing Beta Builds On The Command Line
Using the Beta build is pretty easy, just use the
jacobalberty/unifi:beta image and add
-e PKGURL=https://dl.ubnt.com/unifi/5.6.30/unifi_sysvinit_all.deb to your usual command line.
Simply replace the url to the debian package with the version you prefer.
Building Beta Using
docker-compose.yml Version 2
This is just as easy when using version 2 of the docker-compose.yml file format.
Under your containers service definition instead of using
image: jacobalberty/unifi use the following:
image: jacobalberty/unifi:beta environment: PKGURL: https://dl.ubnt.com/unifi/5.5.24/unifi_sysvinit_all.deb
Once again, simply change PKGURL to point to the package you would like to use.
This is a single monolithic volume that contains several subdirectories, you can do a single volume for everything or break up your old volumes into the subdirectories
This contains your UniFi configuration data.
This contains UniFi log files
To use custom SSL certs, you must map a volume with the certs to /unifi/cert
For more information regarding the naming of the certificates, see Certificate Support.
This is an entirely new volume. You can place scripts you want to launch every time the container starts in here
Run information, in general you will not need to touch this volume. It is there to ensure UniFi has a place to write its PID files
These are no longer actually volumes, rather they exist for legacy compatibility. You are urged to move to the new volumes ASAP.
This is used to enable binding to ports less than 1024 when running the UniFi service as a restricted user. On some docker filesystem combinations setcap may not work so you would need to set this to false.
This is used to determine whether or not the UniFi service runs as a privileged (root) user. The default value is
true but it is recommended to use
999 for both
These variables set the UID and GID for the user and group the UniFi service runs as when
RUNAS_UID0 is set to false
TimeZone. (i.e America/Chicago)
used to set max thread stack size for the JVM
External MongoDB environment variables
These variables are used to implement support for an external MongoDB server and must all be set in order for this feature to work. Once all are set then the configuration file value for
db.mongo.local will automatically be set to
8080/tcp - Device command/control
8443/tcp - Web interface + API
8843/tcp - HTTPS portal
8880/tcp - HTTP portal
3478/udp - STUN service
6789/tcp - Speed Test (unifi5 only)
10001/udp - UBNT Discovery
While micro-service patterns try to avoid running multiple processes in a container, the unifi5 container tries to follow the same process execution model intended by the original debian package and it's init script, while trying to avoid needing to run a full init system.
dumb-init has now been removed. Instead it is now suggested you include --init in your docker run command line. If you are using docker-compose you can accomplish the same by making sure you use version 2.2 of the yml format and add
init: true to your service definition.
unifi.sh executes and waits on the jsvc process which orchestrates running the controller as a service. The wrapper script also traps SIGTERM to issue the appropriate stop command to the unifi java
com.ubnt.ace.Launcher process in the hopes that it helps keep the shutdown graceful.
You may now place init scripts to be launched during the unifi startup in /usr/local/unifi/init.d to perform any actions unique to your unifi setup. An example bash script to set up certificates is in
To use custom SSL certs, you must map a volume with the certs to /unifi/cert
They should be named:
cert.pem # The Certificate privkey.pem # Private key for the cert chain.pem # full cert chain
If your certificate or private key have different names, you can set the environment variables
CERT_PRIVATE_NAME to the name of your certificate/private key, e.g.
For letsencrypt certs, we'll autodetect that and add the needed Identrust X3 CA Cert automatically. In case your letsencrypt cert is already the chained certificate, you can set the
CERT_IS_CHAIN environment variable to
CERT_IS_CHAIN=true. This option also works together with a custom
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