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Unifi Access Point controller
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Important note

UniFi was broken with a kernel update of many popular distributions (See UniFi Forum post for details). Most distributions have now pushed a fix for the kernel, ideally you would simply update the kernel, if you can not update to a kernel with a fix then this image contains a fix you can activate throught the JVM_MAX_THREAD_STACK_SIZE environment variable. An example of how to do this on the docker command line is --env JVM_MAX_THREAD_STACK_SIZE=1280k. Depending on your docker stack you may need to pass this environment variable another way, please see the relevant software's documentation for passing environment variables.


This is a containerized version of Ubiqiti Network's Unifi Controller version 5.

The following options may be of use:

  • Set the timezone with TZ
  • Bind mount the data and log volumes

Example to test with

mkdir -p unifi/data
mkdir -p unifi/logs
docker run --rm -p 8080:8080 -p 8443:8443 -p 3478:3478 -p 10001:10001 -e TZ='Africa/Johannesburg' -v ~/unifi/data:/var/lib/unifi -v ~/unifi/logs:/var/log/unifi --name unifi jacobalberty/unifi:unifi5

Adopting access points/switches/security gateway

Layer 3 adoption

The default example requires some l3 adoption method. You have a couple options to adopt.

SSH Adoption

The quickest one off method is to ssh into the access point and run the following commands

set-inform http://<host_ip>:8080/inform

Other options

You can see more options on the (UniFi website)[]

Layer 2 adoption

You can also enable layer 2 adoption through one of two methods.

host networking

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.

Bridge networking

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

Beta users

There is now a new beta branch on github to support easier building of betas. This branch does not exist on the docker hub at all,
you must check it out from github.
You simply build and pass the build argument PKGURL with the url to the .deb file for the appropriate beta you wish to build. I believe
this will keep closest with the letter and spirit of the beta agreement on the unifi forums while still allowing relatively easy access to the betas.
This build method is the method I will be using for my own personal home network to test the betas on so it should remain relatively well tested.

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 beta branch.



Configuration data


Log files


Run information

Environment Variables:


TimeZone. (i.e America/Chicago)


used to set max thread stack size for the JVM



as a fix for


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

See UniFi - Ports Used

Multi-process container

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.

Essentially, dump-init runs a simple shell wrapper script placed at /usr/local/bin/ 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.

Example seen within the container after it was started

$  docker exec -it ef081fcf6440 bash
# ps -e -o pid,ppid,cmd | more
    1     0 /usr/bin/dumb-init -- /usr/local/bin/
    7     1 sh /usr/local/bin/
    9     7 unifi -nodetach -home /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64 -classpath /usr/share/java/commons-daemon.jar:/usr/lib/unifi/lib/ace.jar -pidfile /var/run/unifi/ -procname unifi -outfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.out.log -errfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.err.log -Dunifi.datadir=/var/lib/unifi -Dunifi.rundir=/var/run/unifi -Dunifi.logdir=/var/log/unifi -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Xmx1024M -Xms32M com.ubnt.ace.Launcher start
   10     9 unifi -nodetach -home /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64 -classpath /usr/share/java/commons-daemon.jar:/usr/lib/unifi/lib/ace.jar -pidfile /var/run/unifi/ -procname unifi -outfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.out.log -errfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.err.log -Dunifi.datadir=/var/lib/unifi -Dunifi.rundir=/var/run/unifi -Dunifi.logdir=/var/log/unifi -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Xmx1024M -Xms32M com.ubnt.ace.Launcher start
   31    10 /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java -Xmx1024M -XX:ErrorFile=/usr/lib/unifi/data/logs/hs_err_pid<pid>.log -Dapple.awt.UIElement=true -jar /usr/lib/unifi/lib/ace.jar start
   58    31 bin/mongod --dbpath /usr/lib/unifi/data/db --port 27117 --logappend --logpath logs/mongod.log --nohttpinterface --bind_ip
  108     0 bash
  116   108 ps -e -o pid,ppid,cmd
  117   108 [bash]

Certificate Support

To use custom SSL certs, you must map a volume with the certs to /var/cert/unifi

They should be named:

cert.pem  # The Certificate
privkey.pem # Private key for the cert
chain.pem # full cert chain

For letsencrypt certs, we'll autodetect that and add the needed Identrust X3 CA Cert automatically.


Future work?

  • Don't run as root (but Unifi's Debian package does by the way...)
  • Possibly use Debian image with systemd init included (but thus far, I don't know of an official Debian systemd image to base off)
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Comments (132)
a day ago

@cybertoon this container tracks the official apt repositories from unifi The latest stable on the repositories is listed at which is presently 5.4.18

5.5.19 is still listed as latest testing as per

I do believe this is a mistake on ubiquiti's part but I track their repositories for consistency, as soon as they update the repositories I will update the tags.

a day ago

I guess latest stable is 5.5.19 have a look on


3 days ago

Latest tracks the unifi apt 'stable' repository for and as of right now 'stable' still has its latest as 5.4.18

4 days ago

@jacobalberty - thank you or for 5.5.19 update, but why it's not in the branch latest (latest = 5.4.18)

5 days ago

@jacobalberty - thank you for this docker image. +1 for 5.5.x update!

5 days ago

Can someone tell me how to get letsencrypt working with this docker image?

6 days ago

@jacobalberty any updates regarding 5.5.19 stable?

8 days ago

@jacobalberty is the 5.5.19 a beta/testing release or is it the stable version? I know you said you were waiting until the 10th to see what they do with the debian repos. I was just checking if the 5.5.19 is stable or if it would be best to wait for you to update latest to 5.5.19 if it is not the stable release or if it's just there for testing.

13 days ago

@xaero the kernel isn't booted in any containers, they use the host kernel. If your kernel on your system contain the fix then you don't need JVM_MAX_THREAD_STACK_SIZE=1280k

13 days ago

@jacobalberty Just checking to see if the --env JVM_MAX_THREAD_STACK_SIZE=1280k fix is still needed? I see that you have this building running off and that was listed as the broken kernel and is listed as a fixed kernel. Are you planning on upgrading the kernel to for 5.5.19 Stable?